Dear IEEE Members in Europe,

The IEEE European Public Policy Initiative (EPPI) was created to leverage IEEE’s technology-related insight to provide governments, NGOs and other organizations with innovative, practical recommendations to address public policy issues as a top priority. As a direct result of this action and in response to IEEE members who have expressed interest in this area, IEEE has launched a project on public policy engagement in Europe aimed at educating policymakers on subjects relevant to IEEE.

A central part of this project was the 2014 establishment of working groups to develop position statements and produce education materials in key technical areas, beginning with Energy and ICT. Participation in these working groups constitutes a unique opportunity to influence European policy on issues central to IEEE and the broader profession. We are reaching out to the European IEEE membership with this call for interest to fill open seats in these two working groups.

We encourage you to volunteer for this activity.  Below you can find more detailed information about the working group member requirements and activities.



The overall objective of each working group is to contribute to the rational formulation of related legislation, regulation and policy in the EU through the provision of sound technical and professional advice.

Each working group shall constitute a central focal point for presenting the sound technical and professional views of the IEEE membership to the European Union and its member states.  It shall work to provide balanced, technically sound information on relevant/related matters to the European IEEE membership.



The specific functions of the working groups are:

  1. To initiate action within the scope of Energy/ICT on appropriate matters.
  2. To prepare statements on relevant technology-related legislation, regulation, and policy subjects in a form suitable for promulgation as technology policy white papers or public policy position statements.  These papers should reflect a balance of economic viability, technical judgment and social acceptability. These papers will be publically posted, disseminated to relevant parties, and may be promoted in seminars or through other means.
  3. To review relevant related position papers of the various constituent Societies, Councils, and Committees of IEEE and others that may be referred to.
  4. To maintain liaison with associated technology related policy boards and committees of the appropriate IEEE Societies, and with other organizations having technology related activities.
  5. Upon request, to fulfill identified opportunities to present positions before legislative, regulatory, and executive bodies discussing relevant technology policy questions and working closely with appropriate staff in conveying appropriate technical reports and papers relevant to legislation.
  6. Upon request, to provide knowledgeable spokespersons to present and discuss technology policy legislation, regulations, and policy related issues to policy makers or private body involved in the issue(s) being considered.



  • Significant relevant technical expertise
  • EU/EFTA country of residence
  • Interest in European policy
  • Fluency in English
  • Minimum availability of 45 hours per year (In case you are unable to commit 45h per year, but are still interested, please let us know as the working group may consult you in the future). Most of the work will not require travel.

If you are interested in joining one of these working groups, please respond to this survey by 19 May 2016 with the required information, incl. some background and optionally your CV.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Moira Patterson ( or Patrick Russoniello (

Thank you.