“Inspiring Our Leaders of Tomorrow” is the theme of the 2014 IEEE Sections Congress, being held from 22 to 24 August in Amsterdam—the first time it will be held outside of North America.
This triennial congress, sponsored by the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board, brings together volunteer leaders from around the world to meet, exchange ideas, and learn about the products and programs IEEE offers to members in their local areas. Once back home, section leaders can apply what they’ve learned to offer new programs to their units and improve the old ones.
Sections Congress will also host the IEEE Honors Ceremony on 23 August, providing attendees from all over the world the opportunity to participate in this prestigious event.
In addition to five 75-minute traditional breakout sessions throughout the weekend, there will also be several new program options. There will be more than 25 “ignite” talks, which are five-minute presentations intended to spark interest on a particular topic, such as conducting successful technical conferences and enhancing technical knowledge through distinguished lecturers. Those who are interested can pursue the topic further in a later meet-up with the presenter.
Section leaders interested in learning more about a particular IEEE tool, such as completing a senior member application or using the IEEE eLearning Library tutorials in local meetings, can attend Learning Labs. These 10- to 25-minute sessions are live demonstrations on resources from MGA, Technical Activities, Educational Activities, and other IEEE organizational units.
More than 25 breakout session topics, presented by IEEE experts, will relate to one of the three MGA priorities: enhancing the member’s satisfaction, improving the volunteer’s experience, and having a global reach with a tailored, local touch. In addition to the traditional talk-and-listen sessions, panel discussions will focus on group dynamics, sharing ideas, and engaging participants in the discussion.
A mobile app will be available to help attendees manage meeting logistics and personalize their agendas. The app will also allow them to provide feedback and initiate further discussions via social media, post a profile, and share contact information with new colleagues they meet throughout the weekend.
Registration will open during the first week of March. Information for registrants, including event logistics and special discounts on airfare, will be posted on the Sections Congress website.