Accepting STEM Champion Applications until 8 April, 2024 (11:59pm EDT)

Are you an IEEE Volunteer conducting STEM outreach programs for pre-university students
and/or teachers in your local community on behalf of IEEE? Would you like to help inspire other
volunteers to get involved in STEM outreach? Then, we want to hear from you!

In June 2021 IEEE launched a new IEEE STEM Champion Program to
recognize IEEE volunteers for their contributions to STEM education and to build a community
of IEEE STEM outreach volunteers.

We are looking to add to our STEM Champion team. All active IEEE Members are invited to
submit an application no later than 8 April 2024 (11:59pm ET) to be considered as a STEM
Champion. Applications will be reviewed in late April and selections will be announced in early

The Program resides under The IEEE STEM Champion title is a
designation given to an individual IEEE volunteer and is not a Region or Section officer position.

What are the Benefits of Being Selected as a STEM Champion?
● Recognition for your contributions to pre-university STEM education
● Opportunity to be involved in a community of IEEE STEM outreach volunteers
● Grant funding opportunity
● Opportunity to build Region and Section awareness of your work
● Ability to support IEEE pre-university education by sharing your events and event results
● Access to Champion-specific pre-university STEM education resources

Submit an application no later than 8 April 2024 (11:59pm EDT)
For detailed information: IEEE STEM Champion Program
Questions? Contact Lynn Bowlby ([email protected])

IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress 2024

Get ready for an unparalleled tech experience at the IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress 2024, happening in the dynamic city of Grenoble, France, from July 15th to July 19th! Check the Congress website and monitor social media to stay updated.

The IEEE R8 Students & Young Professionals Congress, or simply R8 SYP Congress, is one of the most famous and important events in Region 8. It is held every 2 years and brings together students and young professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) from all sections in Region 8. It is an excellent opportunity for IEEE members to network and develop their technical and cross-disciplinary skills.

During the Congress, a wide variety of workshops and conferences are organized, dealing with exciting and up-to-the-minute technical subjects. At the same time, the conference offers training workshops on soft skills, essential for teamwork. In addition to this training program, social activities are planned to enable participants to exchange ideas and experience a wide range of cultures.

In its 14th edition, this biennial event is the largest gathering of students and young professionals in Region 8, attracting bright minds from diverse Sections worldwide. The congress is a melting pot of innovation, fostering engineering sense and capabilities, and providing a global platform for networking with industry leaders.

IEEE RTSI (Research and Technologies for Society and Industry) 2024


IEEE RTSI (Research and Technologies for Society and Industry) 2024, one of the conferences in the R8 portfolio, will be held at Politecnico di Milano – Site of Lecco from 18-20 September 2024.

The main tracks are:

  • Track 1: Methods and Technologies for AI
  • Track 2: AI Applications to Energy and Transportation Systems
  • Track 3: AI Applications to Health and Smart Living
  • Track 4: AI Applications for Industry

CfP and more details about paper submission on:

To propose a special session at the conference you can use the form:

The main objective of RTSI is to bring together researchers and industry professionals in the technical fields covered by IEEE.

RTSI offers tutorials, panels, technical sessions, special sessions, workshops, student forum, competitions and an exhibition. RTSI provides an excellent opportunity for companies involved in the technical fields covered by the IEEE to present their activities, meet the different stakeholders and contribute to the national and international debate on what is happening relevant in these areas.

IEEE Fellow program in Region 8

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. IEEE Region 8 is keen on increasing the number of IEEE Fellow nominations and encourages Senior or Life Senior Members. Towards this goal, IEEE Region 8 has formed a dedicated Ad-hoc committee Fellow Members Search, currently chaired by Maria Teresa Correia de Barros. The Ad-hoc has coordinated with Dr. Don Tan, Chair of the IEEE Fellow Committee 2023-2024, to organize an online presentation on the IEEE Fellow program process and best practices entitled “Towards the Fellow Grade”. It was held on 1-Dec-2023 and attended by nearly 160 participants, with a long Q&A part at the end.


You can find the video and corresponding slides, together with topic abstract and speaker’s biography here:


Held on 24-27 October 2023, the IEEE STEM Summit is a free virtual event where pre-university educators and volunteers learn about STEM opportunities, resources, and activities. In past years, hundreds of participants used the Summit as a chance to ask questions to award-winning educators and knowledgeable volunteers, who offered practical advice on how to plan interesting and effective outreach activities. Sessions included topics on STEM pedagogy, engineering education, best practices in STEM outreach, inspirational talks, and resources to empower our STEM community.
This year, we will feature several presenters including keynote speakers Tiffani Teachey, Wioleta Burdzy Seth, Jenna Carpenter, and Minjuan Wang. You can read more about them and their passion for pre-university student outreach here. Session topics will include climate change, AI, semiconductors, pedagogy, and more.

Call for Proposals – IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress 2024


We are thrilled to announce the call for proposals for the IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congresses 2024.


R8 SYP congress is by far, the biggest IEEE event for students and young professionals in Region 8!


During this event, more than three hundred participants come together for five days to develop their skills, enhance their knowledge, expand their network, socialize with others from a variety of cultural backgrounds and have a lot of fun!


Therefore, we (R8 Student Activities Committee and the R8 Young Professionals Committee) are delighted to invite proposals for hosting the upcoming IEEE R8 Student and Young Professional Congress 2024.

Many students regard the SYP Congress as the highlight of their IEEE experience, so if you would like to host this prestigious event in your University in the summer of 2024, this is your chance to take on this challenge!




Writing of a Proposal


To nominate your IEEE Student Branch to host the next SYP Congress, you must submit a proposal document to us, explaining how your IEEE team will facilitate this event and some ideas for the event program. Suggestions for a well-prepared proposal include:

  • Demonstrate that you have an enthusiastic team that is experienced enough for the task and have ideally participated in a previous edition of the Congress.
    • Collaborate with your local IEEE Section officers, local Young Professionals and Women in Engineering affinity groups, Humanitarian Activities Committees, etc.
  • Show that you have the infrastructure within your chosen city to host the event, which includes:
    • Attendee accommodation
    • Transportation and travel options
    • Catering (keep in mind diverse dietary needs)
    • Facilities for hosting workshops, panel sessions, plenary sessions, and networking
    • Facilities for social events
    • Reliable internet connection
  • Present and showcase your chosen city and suggest tours and/or cultural activities.
  • Include a preliminary five-day schedule and a budget estimation.
  • Show innovation and creativity!

For full details and advice on how to organize a Student and Young Professional Congress in your University, please download and read The SYP Congress Manual.


How to Apply


The nomination is a multi-stage process.


1st Stage

First, a two-page proposal shall be submitted to us, before May 15th, 2023. This proposal should include essential items such as: the date, location, team members, why you should be selected, student branch background and experience, ideas for the program, etc. Based on this first-stage proposal, we will provide valuable feedback and suggestions for the next phase. This stage is mandatory to submit your final proposal.


Please submit the first proposal by selecting “first stage proposal” on the form.


2nd Stage


The final proposal shall be submitted by June 15th, 2023. This proposal should be less than 25 pages in length and will be used to fully evaluate the ability of the candidates to host the IEEE R8 SYP Congress 2024. Don’t forget to involve your Section Chair in the process since they will be vital in case you are selected. The final decision regarding the host of the SYP Congress will be announced during the Region 8 Sections Congress, on August 11th.


Please submit the second proposal by selecting “second stage proposal” on the FORM.




The Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress has been hosted in a wide variety of Sections in the past. We equally welcome applications from new and previous hosting countries, so this is an exceptional opportunity for you to step up and showcase your team’s talents!


Start your application now and bring the SYP 2024 to your members!


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via the same email. We look forward to hearing from you!



Previous Editions: 

2022 | Tunis, Tunisia

2020 | Virtual SYP

2018 | Porto, Portugal

2016 | Regensburg, Germany

2014 | Krakow, Poland

2012 | Madrid, Spain

2010 | Leuven, Belgium

2008 | London, UK

2006 | Paris, France

2004 | Passau, Germany

2002 | Cairo, Egypt

2000 | Eindhoven, Netherlands

1998 | Istanbul, Turkey

IEEE Africon 2023

IEEE AFRICON 2023 is co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8 and the IEEE Kenya Section and is the flagship conference for the African continent.


It will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 20th – 22nd September 2023 under the theme:


“Advancing Technology in Africa Towards Presence on the Global Stage”.




IEEE Education Week

IEEE Education Week, taking place 2-8 April 2023, is a celebration of the many ways that IEEE Volunteers and Members make an impact on education at every level around the globe. The Education Week website, at, offers links to live and virtual events, educational resources, and special offers. During the week, IEEE Members will have the opportunity to earn participation points and a digital badge while experiencing the many educational offerings IEEE makes available, from continuing education, to university offerings for faculty and students, to STEM educational initiatives. IEEE President Saifur Rahman will also present a special virtual event to help kick off the week on Monday, 3 April 2023.


Make sure that your Region’s educational offerings and events are featured


All IEEE-affiliated groups, including Regions, are invited to submit content to be featured on the Education Week website. Simply visit the website and click Submit on the top menu to get started. You can also submit events using IEEE vTools.Events.