A word from Young Professionals of Poland
March 25, 2015
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The Young Professionals of Poland had a very successful 2014 which they hope will be the backbone of another big year ahead.

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony

The affinity group was responsible for organising the IEEE Region 8 Student & Young Professional Congress which was held in Krakow from 6th – 10th of August 2014. The participants of the congress were students, graduate students and young professionals from universities of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

 

The aim of the Congress was to exchange ideas and experiences among young scientists representing broad fields of science related to electronics and electrical engineering, establishing international cooperation between young engineers, as well as to help students in choosing a career path.”  says Jacek Kołodziej, the YP Chair of Poland.

Key presenters and topics:

  • Zbigniew  Kąkol  –  Vice-­‐Rector  AGH  -­‐  University  of  Science  and  Technology
  • Jacek  Guliński  –  Under-­‐Secretary  of  State  at  the  Ministry  of  Science  and  Higher  Education  − Andrzej  Jajszczyk  -­‐  Director  of  the  National  Science  Centre
  • Leszek  Grabarczyk  –  Deputy  Director  of  the  National  Centre  for  Research  and  Development
  • Martin  Bastiaans  –  IEEE  Region  8  Director  − Ryszard  Jachowicz  -­‐  IEEE  Poland  Section  Chair
  • Rafal  Sliz  –  Region  8  Young  Professionals  Coordinator
  • Pablo  Herrero –  Vice-­‐Chair,  Student  Activities  (OpCom)
One of many workshops
One of many workshops

The  official  launch  of  the  Congress  took  place  at  the  Wawel  Castle  courtyard.  The  Opening Ceremony  gathered  Congress  participants  including  IEEE  authorities,  local  government  officials  and  invited  guests.

Plenary  sessions  formed the core focus of  the  Congress.  They  were  conducted  by  IEEE  representatives  and  focused  on  topics  of  students  and  young  scientists  and  their  role  in  the  organization  of  the  IEEE,  career  opportunities,  successes  and  future  in  IEEE.  Discussion  panels  were  held  along  with  sessions  including  president  elect  debate.

Interaction with Industry
Interaction with Industry

Organizing of such a congress was a great challenge, mainly logistically, but thanks to the passion and drive of local Students and YP’s,  this meeting as a huge success. This event had a significant impact of the support for the scientific, educational, and professional activities of IEEE organization and spreading of its ideas.

 

Article contributed by Jacek Kołodziej, the YP Chair of Poland.

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