On 22-23 January 2011,the IEEE Region 8 Operating Committee had its meeting in Vienna, Austria. The new Region 8 Director Marko Delimar gave his vision for the future and set his priorities. Among others, the organization of the next IEEE Region 8 meeting in London and the IEEE Sections Congress in San Francisco were discussed. A procedure was set up in order to produce tangible results in terms of recommendations for the Sections Congress. The whole operation of Region 8 was examined with special emphasis on Sections operations, Chapter-Society relations, student activities and member engagement. The steps to be taken in the near future were developed and special projects were assigned. Extra care will be given to identify problems in Sections and Chapters and to find ways to help them.
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On 22 January there was a meeting with the Austria Section at the Technische Universität Wien. Short addresses were given by Region 8 Director Marko Delimar and the Austria Section chair Jan Haase. There were also presentations from the members of the Austria Section on Student Branches and special projects. The evening ended with a dinner where members of the Austria Section and OpCom members had the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas.
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From left to right: Saurabh Sinha, Elias Nassar, Costas Stasopoulos, Józef Modelski, Marko Delimar, Ali El-Mousa, Brian Harrington, Martin Bastiaans