Student Activities

Call for Proposals – IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress 2022


We would like to invite proposals to host the upcoming IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress 2022.


The Region 8 SYP Congress is the biggest IEEE event for students and young professionals in Region 8. 400+ members from across the region come together for five days to enhance their knowledge, expand their network, develop skills, socialise with others from a variety of cultural backgrounds and have a lot of fun! 


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 summer 2022, submit a proposal to us now! 




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 programme. 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.
  • 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 21st of September 2021. 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 with the subject: “IEEE R8 SYP First Proposal-<Name of SB>” to


2nd Stage

The final proposal shall be submitted by 30 September 2021. 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 2022. The final decision regarding the host of SYP Congress will be announced in mid-October prior to the Region 8 Autumn Meeting.


Please submit your proposal with the subject: “IEEE R8 SYP Final Proposal-<Name of SB>” to





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 start your application now to bring the SYP 2022 to your members!


IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee 2021

IEEE Region 8 SAC 2021 Team. 13 Members … 13 Sections … ONE Team!


On the 17th of January, 2021, the IEEE Region 8 SAC Team for season 2021 was first established. Simay Akar, the Region 8 Vice-Chair of Student Activities and SAC Chair for 2021-2022 has gathered a cross-sectional diversified talented team to kick Region 8 Student-based activities for 2021. The team is constituted of 13 members who are working in a cross-based strategy in 10 parallel working groups that are handling all support and development aspects for all R8 Student Activities progress and prosperity! These 10 working groups are covering all needed support for all Student Branches, Student Chapters, SIGHT Groups, WIE Student Branches Affinity Groups, Student Branches Counselors along with operating different programs, pieces of training, competitions, and awards for better growth based ecosystem for all R8 student activities. Await for various activities, initiatives, competitions, and awards soon! 


Get to know more about the IEEE R8 SAC Team: 



Simay Akar

Chair, Student Activities Committee, and Vice-Chair Student of Region 8


“Simay Akar has been working in the energy industry since 2012. She specialized in solar and renewable energy fields.
Akar is currently the Chief Commercial Officer & Co-Founder at Innoses.

Additional current roles include Sales & Marketing Director of EkoRE – Eko Renewable Energy and Marketing & Business Development Director of GoodWe Turkey, Head of Overseas Marketing at Talesun Solar
Akar has worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial activities and has been employed by CSUN Eurasia, Schneider Electric, Arcelik (BEKO), and Lucida Solar. In addition to her professional acclimates, she is an IEEE Senior member, acknowledged volunteer since 2007. Simay is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.”


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Maciej Borowka

Past Chair, IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee




















Theodoros Panagiotis Chatzinikolaou

Regional Student Representative, IEEE Region 8


“Theodoros is currently Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Democritus University of Thrace, and has received his Engineering Diploma with Integrated Master from the aforementioned Department. His research interests focus on future and emerging computing systems and cutting-edge technologies, including memristive circuits and systems and artificial intelligence technologies.

Theodoros serves the IEEE Region 8 as the Regional Student Representative, he is an IEEE Brand Ambassador, he has served various IEEE OUs including the MGA SAC and his local Student Branch through many positions, and he has chaired the 5th IEEE Hellenic Student and Young Professional Congress. He has received various distinctions for his activity with the latest to be the IEEE Larry K. Wilson Award. As an active IEEE volunteer, he strongly believes engineering and volunteerism combined can create a valuable impact on humanity and society, especially when they are derived from students.”










Davide Morgado

Student Branches Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Davide is pursuing his academic studies at Aveiro University in Portugal. He is a Masters’ Degree candidate in Electronics and Telecommunications.

Davide’s journey at IEEE started in 2017 when he participated in one of the robotics competition programs IEEE organize. Afterward, He joined the Aveiro Student Branch as a member. In 2018, He chaired the Student Branch for 2 years. In 2020, He accepted the invitation to be the Sectional Student Representative (SSR) in the IEEE Portugual Section.”











Oscar M. Bonastre

Student Branches Counselors Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Oscar M. Bonastre received the Master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Alicante, Spain, and the Ph.D. degree in telecom engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. He is with the Department of Statistics, Maths, and Computing, University Miguel Hernandez, Spain, where he is also a contributor with the Operations Research Institute. He has more than 23 years of background in academia and industry, his research interests include the development of the Internet and advanced distributed systems. He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Education. In 2020, he was the recipient of the IEEE Edwin C. Jones, Jr. Meritorious Service Award. He is a senior member of the IEEE.”


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Muhammad Al-Barham

Student Branch Chapters Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Mohamed Al-Barham is a very curious person about science and technology. He also loves to help others promote the advancement of technology around the world for the benefit of humanity. He is very proud to have been a member of the IEEE community for over 4 years. Currently, he is the IEEE student representative Jordan Section for the year 2020-2022 and the chair of the IEEE University Jordan Student Branch for the year 2019-2021. He is a fifth-year mechatronics engineering student at the University of Jordan. He is interested in learning and working in the fields of artificial intelligence and deep learning, especially in computer vision. Finally, he hopes to help the IEEE community and contribute to the advancement of technology in the world.”











Lee Crudgington

SAC Awards and Contest Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Lee serves as the awards and contests coordinator in the Region 8 Student Activities Committee in addition to being chair of student activities and chapter co-ordinator in the UK and Ireland Section. Lee also serves as secretary of the IEEE Photonics Society in the UK and Ireland, and the IEEE Power & Energy Society CSAC committee.

Lee is an engineering business student at KU Leuven in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to this, Lee completed a Ph.D. in photovoltaic technologies in 2015 and has worked in the photonics and digital communications sectors.”












Vera Markovic

Student Paper Contest Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Vera Marković is a full professor and the Head of Department of Telecommunications of the Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Niš, Serbia. She has been an IEEE member since 1992 and a senior member since 2015. She was the Secretary, Vice-chair, and Chair of the Serbia & Montenegro Section (2007-2018). Thereafter, she was a member of the R8 N&A Subcommittee (2019–2020) and as the R8 Membership Development Subcommittee corresponding member (2020). Currently, in addition to the duties of the R8 SPC Coordinator, she is also an MGA Member Benefits Portfolio Advisory Committee member (2020-2021) and an IEEE Global Public Policy Committee Member (2021-2022).”










Gerard Duff

IEEE Region 8 SAC-Young Professionals Liaison


“Gerard Duff was born and raised in Ireland and has been living in Sweden for the last 8 years. He received his master’s degree in Intelligent Embedded Systems in 2014 from Mälardalen University, Sweden. He is employed at Syntronic – a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production, and aftermarket services. As a Software engineering consultant, he is currently on assignment at a Gävle based company, InCoax Networks, developing innovative broadband solutions.

An IEEE member for 4 years, he began volunteering as the IEEE Sweden YP Chair. After helping to organize the IEEE NSYP19 (the first SYP congress held on the water!) as part of the YP Sweden and YP Finland team and being on the team to organize the R8vSYP20 (the first SYP congress held virtually) Gerard is looking forward to representing as an R8 Student Activities Committee Member and working for all the awesome IEEE student members throughout Region 8. When Gerard gets some downtime he likes playing piano, dancing the tango, and watching and pretending that he can play football! “








Fayrouz Fattoum

SIGHT Student Groups Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Fayrouz has received the B.Sc degree in Chemical Process Engineering from the National Engineering School of Gabes, ENIG, Tunisia in 2020.
Fayrouz is an IEEE member for 5 years, she started volunteering as the chair of the IEEE ENIG Student Branch (2017 & 2018) and received the Exemplary student branch award in 2018 during the R8 SYP, Porto. She is interested in Humanitarian technologies and with her team, she won the second prize of the CMD Humanitarian Project contest for their project “Ecol’lo Irrigation System” during the IEEE IAS Annual Meeting 2018, Portland, USA.

She is part of the IEEE R8 Humanitarian Activities Committee since 2018 and currently, she become the IEEE R8 SAC SIGHT Student Groups coordinator.
When Fayrouz some free time, she likes traveling, reading, and volunteering.“








Sally Musonye

WIE Student Branch Affinity Groups Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Sally is a Design and Construction Engineer at the Kenya Power and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Nairobi (UoN).

She is a qualified and registered engineer with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is the Treasurer for the Kenya Section, Chairperson for the Power and Energy Society (PES), and Publicity regional rep (Africa) for YESIST12. In Region 8, she serves in the Students Activities Committee (SAC) 2021 and a subcommittee member for Women in Engineering 2021. Sally is the past chairperson for IEEE Women in Engineering (Kenya) and the Engineering Students’ Association (UoN). She is a recipient of the KPLC Excellence Award for outstanding performance and the Kenya Section Women in Engineering (WiE) Achievement Award.”










Vildana Hrnjic

SAC Outreach Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Vildana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Engineering and Design from the University of Banja Luka. She was an active Volunteer in her Student Branch in Banja Luka where she was Treasurer and Social Media Manager.
Vildana (co-)wrote a few conference papers about the concepts of green technologies in the graphic industries as well as the power of individuals to contribute to her society.
She primarily works as a Brand Designer & Strategist. As an educator and mentor, she loves to share her knowledge and empower young people to work in IT. Currently, Vildana is the CMO in one Association and a young entrepreneur as she founded her digital marketing agency.”










Mohamed Hatem

SAC Digital Communications Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Mohamed Hatem is a Senior Undergddaute Student at the Nanotechnology and Nano-electronics Engineering Department at the University of Science and Technology in Zewail City for Science, Technology, and Innovation. He is pursuing in final semsters on the MEMS Technolgy and Nano-devices concentration along with a Graduation Project focused on the development of new Gate-All-Around Ge-based FETs.

Besides, Hatem has been a volunteer in IEEE since 2016. After one year and in 2017, Hatem acted as the IEEE Zewail City Student Branch Chairperson in which he developed exceptional leadership and communciation skills. After a while, Hatem started volunteering in his section Young Professionals and SIGHT groups in which he held leadership positions in all of their programs. In 2020, Hatem has been selected to be the Sectional Student Representative (SSR) of IEEE Egypt Section. Hatem has been always mandated with his community development, progress, and sustainability.”













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The Student Paper Contest (SPC) is one of the main activities in Region 8.


For its success, it relies heavily on the input from the Student Branch Officers, especially the Student Branch Counselor and the Student Branch Chair, but also on academic members especially those who form part of the local IEEE section


SPC is an excellent occasion for personal leadership and involvement of student members in a prospective IEEE scientific/technical activity and to increase the visibility of the student branch.


It also makes the possible further promotion of IEEE among students.




Once every year, each IEEE R8 Student Branch (SB) may hold and organize a local Student Paper Contest under its own responsibility. The organization of a local SPC generally means that contest should be announced publicly in advance and that all submitted papers are to be locally reviewed by qualified specialists. Additionally, all R8/Sections/Chapters IEEE Conferences, having student papers sessions included in their programs, could and should also be used to get additional proposals for SPC. As long as a SB is formally supporting and accepting any type of student papers contest activity, it is in line with the existing SPC rules. Student Branch Counselors should be fully involved in all local SPC activities, as well as all other local IEEE officers (Section Chairs, Chapter Chairs, student activities officers, members of executive committees, …).


The winner(s) of each Student Branch Contest may compete for the Region 8 Contest, held within the Region 8 limits. A Student Branch may submit one paper per every 100 Student Branch members or part thereof, with a maximum of three papers per SB.


At the same time, especially in small branches where the managing of a local contest is very difficult,the IEEE section officers can encourage students to submit their work as a paper to the SPC. This is a good exercise for the student, especially those who intend to continue to a doctorate.




IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is for IEEE R8 student members or graduate student members who have not yet started their Ph.D. Only IEEE R8 student members could be authors of the IEEE R8 SPC papers. Since the five finalist papers are being included in the conference proceedings as well as in IEEE Xplore Library, the rules will now allow that the name of the supervisor/mentor may be added, as an author, to the final version of the paper sent to the conference organisation. This does not change in any way the basic rule that the submitted paper is the work of the student.


Each student author must be a member of an IEEE Student Branch at the time of the original submission of the paper to the Branch Contest, and a member (student or not) of the IEEE at the time of the R8 Oral Finals presentation. The work presented has to be completed before



the student receives the engineering degree that entitles her/him to start preparing a doctoral thesis. The submission of the paper to the Region 8 SPC must be completed within 12 months after graduation. A doctoral thesis is not considered. Published work is excluded from the Contest.




Papers should cover technical and engineering aspects of a subject reasonably within or related to the areas with which the IEEE is concerned with. The work need not be original in engineering or scientific content but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.




The deadline to send full papers to IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is usually December 1. Send papers by email to Papers submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.




A first evaluation phase (paper review) will be carried out by four jury members and the SPC Coordinator. The jury members may also use as reviewers experts in the pertinent subject area. They will grade the written papers sent by Student Branches to the Regional contest without knowledge of the identity of the authors and of their school. Based on this evaluation, the SPC Coordinator will decide which five papers will be accepted for presentation at the Regional Oral Finals. All five finalists will be invited and financially supported to present their papers at IEEE R8 EUROCON 2021 Conference, July 2021, Lviv Ukraine. The Jury members will grade the oral presentations and award the prizes. The papers will be published within MELECON 2020 Conference Proceedings and included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.   For the best three papers, there are awards of $800, $500, and $200 respectively.



SPC Rules


Further details on the SPC rules are available from the SAC website.


June 2020



Dear IEEE Region 8 Student Branch Chairs,

Dear Student Branch Counselors,


All IEEE Region 8 Student Branches (SBs) are invited to participate in the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2021.

Now is the time to look for good research work done by the students at the graduate or postgraduate level to encourage the students to prepare a suitable paper.

IEEER8 will fund all expenses for the best five paper authors from among those submitted to give an oral presentation of the work at EUROCON 2021 between July 6 – 8 in Lviv, Ukraine.

The five finalist papers are included in the conference proceedings and IEEEXplore. AND  for the best three papers, there are awards of $800, $500, and $200 respectively.

For more information, see the SPC Rules (Link).

The deadline to send full student papers for the contest is  usually around December 1


(If you are not SB Chair or SB Chapter Counselor any more, please transfer this call to responsible IEEE person(s) or reply to


Kind Regards,

IEEE Region 8 SAC Team




IEEE R8 Student Paper Contest 2020 FINALISTS

The five finalists for this years SPC2020 gave a presentation on-line on June 16 within the MELECON 2020  Palermo virtual conference.

IEEE Region 8 awards prize money of $800, $500 and $200 for the best three papers respectively. There is also a prize of $250 as the “Dick Poortvliet Award” for the Student Branch of the first prize student.

Following the five presentations, that were very well prepared and presented and in general well answered, the jury members came to a conclusion with the following results.

FIRST PRIZE         Kristjan Stopar, University of Maribor, Slovenia, “Device for visual kinesthetic navigation of the blind and visually impaired.


SECOND PRIZE   Matthias Swiggers, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” A Four-Quadrant Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Convertor Enabling Power-Efficient Lab-Grade Potentiostats.”


THIRD PRIZE       Mark Cauchi, University of Malta, Malta, “ An Improved Variable Neighbourhood Search Algorithm for Selective Dial-a-Ride Problem.


The other two finalists were

Maxim Van den Abeele, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” Object-Centric Street Scene Synthesis with Generative Adversarial Networks.”


Najla Al-Thani, Alreem Albuainain, Fatima Alnaimi, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar,  Drones for Sheep Livestock Monitoring.


The papers and the oral presentations were judged by four jury members

Prof Mustapha Benjillali from INPT, Morocco

Professor Vera Markovic  from University of Nis, Serbia

Professor Giambattista Gruosso from Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Professor Paul Micallef from University of Malta, Malta who is also the SPC Co-ordinator


Student Paper Contest 2020 Final Result


This year there were 13 valid papers submitted by the closing date of December 15, 2019. The papers were seen by four jury members:


  • Prof Mustapha Benjallali from Morocco
  • Professor Vera Markovic  from Serbia
  • Professor Giambattista Gruosso from Italy
  • Professor Paul Micallef from Malta who is also the SPC Co-ordinator


The jury members are rotated over a period of time depending on where Melecon and Eurocon are held. The participants were from the following countries:

Belgium, Iran, Ireland, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Qatar, Serbia, Slovenia, and Spain.

The five papers, chosen by the jury members, that will be presented at Melecon 2020 in Palermo, Italy are:


  • Matthias Swiggers, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” A Four-Quadrant Switched Capacitor DC-DC Convertor Enabling Power-Efficient Lab-Grade Potentiostats.”
  • Maxim Van den Abeele, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” Object-Centric Street Scene Synthesis with Generative Aversarial Networks.”
  • Mark Cauchi, University of Malta, Malta, “ An Improved Variable Neighbourhood Search Algorithm for Selective Dial-a-Ride Problem.
  • Najla Al-Thani, Alreem Albuainain, Fatima Alnaimi, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar,  Drones for Sheep Livestock Monitoring.
  • Kristjan Stopar, University of Maribor, Slovenia, “Device for visual kinesthetic navigation of the blind and visually impaired.


According to the SPC rules, where papers have multiple authors, IEEER8  supports only one author of each paper accepted by the Jury for oral presentation.


The  student branches that submitted a paper to  SPC2020 are


  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Universite’ Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • University of  Niš, Serbia
  • Qatar University, Qatar
  • University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • K.N.Toosli University of Technology, Iran
  • Beirut Arab University, Lebanon
  • University of Malta, Malta
  • ENSIAS Rabat, Morocco
  • National University of Galway, Ireland
  • KU Leuven (2), Belgium



Paul Micallef

SPC Coordinator

Announcement of the Chapter Awards Winners


We are proud to announce the Chapter Awards Winners:




* Large Chapter: IEEE Tunisia Section Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Chapter
* Small Chapter: IEEE Algeria Section Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter



* Large SBC: National Institute of Applied Science and Technology (INSAT) IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Chapter, Tunisia
* Medium SBC: University of Manchester IEEE Power & Energy Society Chapter, UK & IR
* Small SBC: Al-Balqa Applied University IEEE Communications Society Chapter, Jordan





We are bringing you incredible news!


We, as R8SAC and R8YP have joined forces with IEEE Africa Ad-hoc and are opening together a call for proposals for Africa SYP Congresses 2019!

The process is one stage, where more than one congress may be granted hosting, in various parts of Africa.

Check the requirements, put together a proposal and send us an e-mail by October 30, 2019, entitled “IEEE ASYP Proposal-<Name of IEEE OU (SB/YP or other)>” to, and


The proposal must incorporate the following information:


1. Hosting entity (IEEE or affiliate non-profit organization)
2. Proposed Dates for the Congress (within 2019)
3. Proposed Host Location (Cities, States)
4. Chapter or Section information
5. Congress volunteers to serve in the committee(s)
6. Proposed Venue Description
7. Letter of endorsement from Section
8. Budget estimates (overall and per participant)
9. Tentative program
10. Various Statements Regarding IEEE policies


with more details given in the official document “IEEE ASYP Request For Proposals” that can be found here:


The hosts will be announced on November 1, 2019.

Second Call for IEEE R8 SPC2020



Dear Student Branch Counsellors


This is a short reminder that the participation to SPC2020 should be well in hand to choose the students that participate from your Student Branch. The students having the best five papers will give a presentation at MELECON 2020 in Palermo, Italy in June 2020 with expenses covered by IEEER8. There are awards of $800, $500 and $200 for the first, second and third classified respectively.

All information on SPC Rules is contained on the website.


If you need any further information please contact us on The closing date for submission is December 1, 2019.



Student Paper Contest 2019 – Final Results


The oral presentations of the finalists took place during EUROCON2019 at NoviSad, Serbia between July 1 and July 3.
The jury members were Prof Anastas Mishev, Prof Vera Markovic and Prof Paul Micallef.
Here are the results.

  • FIRST PRIZE and award of $800
    Ariane de Vroede, KULeuven SB
    “A 94 GHz Voltage-Boosted Energy Harvester in 45 nm CMOS Achieving a Peak Efficiency of 21.2% at – 8.5dBm Input Power”.
  • SECOND PRIZE and award of $500
    S. Akhavan, M. Kamarei, H. Soltanian-Zadeh, University of Tehran SB
    “Spatio-Temporal Modeling of Absence Epileptic Seizures Using Depth Recordings”.
  • THIRD PRIZE and award of $200
    Gabriele Mosaico, Matteo Saviozzi, University of Genova SB
    “A hybrid methodology for the day-ahead PV forecasting exploiting a Clear Sky Model or Artificial Neural Networks”.

The student branch of the winner – KULeuven SB – also gets the ‘Dick Poortvliet Award’ of $250.