The Young Professionals of Poland had a very successful 2014 which they hope will be the backbone of another big year ahead.
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)
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.
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.