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Message of the chairmen Xmas 2011

It is my pleasure to share some thoughts about our activities with you. We have decided to make use of the English language both in our newsletter and on our newly launched internet site in order to allow our guests and contributors to follow our activities as a transnational organization.

The IEEE can mean many things. It is indeed the world’s largest professional society with more than 400 thousand members in 160 countries organizing more than 1.000 of the leading conferences in our fields of interest. It can be your focal point for professional knowledge and social networking both locally and globally. We connect university students with the community of experienced professionals and we are fostering pre-university education. IEEE is organizing humanitarian activities by dissemination of appropriate technologies for under-privileged  populations. Recently IEEE has entered the multi-disciplinary field of life sciences with some coordinated activities. Truly, no single member is aware of all the different activities within IEEE. What does the IEEE mean to you?

I would like to invite you to find out yourself! I can assure you the best way of doing this is to become active yourself as a volunteer in one of the 25 local society chapters in Germany, in one of the dozens of student branches at universities, in one of the affinity groups, like GOLD or WIE or in the Section Excom itself. If you can’t find a suitable activity being up to your professional heart, start a new one yourself within the scope and bylaws of the IEEE. Every minute you donate from your spare time will be rewarded. With a history of 125 years, the IEEE has transformed within the last two decades from, I dare say, a knowledge aggregation and dissemination organization to a vibrant and vital professional and social networking community of engineers and students of engineering really advancing technology for humanity, as our tag line says. Be part of it!

There was no better place to experience this than the IEEE Section Congress 2011 which was held in August and which was attended by over 1.000 members and volunteers from about 300 sections. This, so to say, is the tri-annual general assembly of the IEEE and it is defining the road to go for the future. You can follow all the high-lights, including the breath taking Honors Ceremony as recorded on IEEE.tv, together with in-depth presentations of all sessions. Just google (or bing) for it.

In March 2012 the Germany Section will be having the honor and the pleasure to host the spring IEEE Region8 meeting in Berlin, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of IEEE Region8. This region is composed of over 50 sections and more than 70 thousand members in Europe and Africa. For this festive event we expect lively discussions with the IEEE board of directors and with representatives of R8 .  More news about this event can soon be found on our new website, together with up-to-date information about IEEE events, workshops and conferences in Germany.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Axel Richter