IEEE continues to expand its global presence with the opening of the European Technology Centre in Vienna. The center will provide support and services to the European technical community, focusing specifically on the needs of academia, government, and industry. In addition, the center will contribute to IEEE’s programs globally. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening was held on 22 September. The new office is located in the Austrian Standards Institute building.
“Establishing the European Technology Centre marks an important step in furthering IEEE’s global, strategic activities within Europe and beyond,” says Karen Bartleson, 2017 IEEE president and CEO. “We see a strong foundation for collaboration and look forward to contributing important technology and policy initiatives that will help grow and strengthen the European science and innovation ecosystem.”
Opening the European Technology Centre in Vienna provides IEEE an ideal opportunity to engage and participate in public policy by facilitating dialogue between European technologists and policymakers. IEEE plans to continue work on a number of strategic initiatives including the European Public Policy Initiative, which aims to increase the dialogue between the European technology community and European policymakers and regulators through expert working groups in areas such as energy and information and communications technology (ICT). Activities of the European Public Policy Initiative include developing public policy position statements and organizing policy-related events.
The center’s initial goals also include supporting IEEE standards initiatives to help foster European and global innovation. In addition, the center will foster educational and career-enhancement opportunities for professionals to stay up to date on the latest technologies.
Current engagements of the center include participation in the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation, an advisory expert group to the European Commission composed of representatives from national authorities of European Union and European Free Trade Association countries, along with European and international ICT standards-setting bodies and other stakeholder groups. IEEE is also involved with the European Innovation Summit, an annual event held in the European Parliament to encourage innovation frameworks to develop solutions for societal challenges.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, IEEE President Bartleson, along with several members of the IEEE Board of Directors, volunteers, and senior leaders from IEEE professional staff, welcomed guests from across the scientific and technology communities within the academic, industry, and government sectors.
The office is currently staffed by Clara Neppel and Hermann Brand. Neppel serves as the senior director for IEEE European Business Operations and is responsible for managing the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe. As IEEE European Standards Affairs director, Brand leads and implements the regional efforts for the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in Europe. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.