Dear technology professionals, researchers, educators and industry practitioners,
Pandemic has reminded us the importance of health, family and connections and showed us there are opportunities to seek for during challenging times.
As we enter 2022, I would like to that you all for your help and dedication as members of the IEEE UK and Ireland section, and particularly to the our section Executive Committee Members whose support led us to achieve many of the goals and priorities.
Our 2020 strategy targeted three priorities for our section; getting closer to industry, IEEE new technical initiatives and humanitarian activities. I am delighted with the progress that we have made against these priorities. Our section’s industry forum received the IEEE Industry Engagement Award in May 2020; we have formed three IEEE new initiatives (namely Blockchain, Further Networks initiatives and Cyber Security), and our Special Interest Group for Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) is running the International Humanitarian Technologies Conference (IHTC 2021) virtually in December this year, hosting a platform to showcase and present technologies intended for the benefit of humanity.
Beside our set goals, and despite the lockdown limitations, we have run two virtual annual section ExCom meetings and even kept our December Christmas Lecture tradition inviting keynote speakers from MIT and IEEE-SA to cover new technology advancements on Contact Tracing. Finally, we had a nice end to the year when we received a number of awards from IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Africa and Middle East) including the Large Section Award. Thanks to all the volunteers’, whose efforts led to so many awards and recognitions for our collective efforts.
I believe that IEEE and its future initiatives provide us with a platform to make advancements to benefit the society particularly in this challenging time. A significant number of events, invited speakers and workshops were arranged by our IEEE Society Chapters, Women in Engineering, Special Interest Group for Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), Life Members, Students and Young Professionals Affinity Groups. Many of these online events remain available to watch again for our members’ benefit.
As the IEEE UK and Ireland section chair, I am pleased that 2021 has seen us building on what we achieved in 2020 with the support from of the Executive Committee, Section Officers, Chapter Chairs and volunteers. We have continued to develop the value of membership equitably for all and I will continue to support our members’ needs and priorities based on a recent survey run by our Operations Committee.
Thanks again to everybody. I hope all of you will continue to volunteer for IEEE, even if not involved in section positions. IEEE needs you! There are so many ways you can contribute to the effort of IEEE in advancing technology for humanity!
Prof Izzet Kale
Chair, IEEE UK and Ireland Section