UK and Ireland Section Inaugural Members Open Day

The programme anchors on technologies and initiatives (1) inspiring the next generation (through children aged 7 to 16), (2) empowering the next professionals with tertiary students and graduates, (3) developing the next technologies (across industry and academia); as aided by, (4) the IEEE, its members and the profession of engineering, who share the same mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

The IEEE will be represented by members of all grades, including the volunteers and officers who lead the IEEE’s technical societies, groups and initiatives here in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


The event will be available to view online via links below


University of Westminster
Cavendish Campus

10.30am to 4.30pm

An open display, activity and engagement space, for attendees to interact with each other and to learn about, and engage with, technologies and initiatives. Highlights include:

  • Hands-on STEM display and activity area for children aged 7-16 and those interested in “Inspiring the next generation” including games, bio-electronics, humanoids and electronic kits
  • Informative displays and hands-on activities of technologies and initiatives from members, their organisations and third-parties, who are all “Developing the next technologies”
  • Information about the activities of the IEEE both globally and in the United Kingdom & Ireland including the new education and mentoring programme
  • Music Digital Signal Processing (DSP) workshop


University of Westminster
Cavendish Campus

10.30am to 4.30pm

A set of informative, engaging and inspiring talks, competition finals and awards. Highlights include:

  • Information about, and recognition of, Members and Activities of the IEEE in the United Kingdom & Ireland, led by Professor Ali Hessami, Chair, IEEE UK and Ireland Section
  • Keynote address from Professor Steve Furber, University of Manchester, entitled “From ARMS to Brain”
  • Members’ Achievements and Awards will be celebrated
  • Panel Discussion on ethics in design and artificial intelligence

Title Start Location Remarks
Welcome & Introduction to IEEE & The UK & Ireland Section 10.30am Main Lecture Hall
Introduction to the National Strategy for IEEE-STEM & Overview of the STEM Workshop 11.00am Main Lecture Hall
Music DSP Workshop 11.00am C1.04
Introduction to the Robotics for Humanity Competition 11.15am Main Lecture Hall
Keynote Address: From ARMS to Brain by Professor Steve Furber, University of Manchester 11.30am Main Lecture Hall
Lunch Break & Networking with Chapters/Affinity Groups 12.15pm Pavilion Room Food & beverages provided
Second keynote with Panel Discussion on Ethics in Design and Artificial Intelligence 1.00pm Main Lecture Hall
STEM Event 1.30pm C1.15-16 Until 5pm
Robotics for Humanity Competition Evaluation & Demonstrations 1.30pm C1.03 Until 5pm
Section Awards 1.45pm Main Lecture Hall
Entertainment from Peyman Haydarian 2.15pm Main Lecture Hall
Students, Women in Engineering & Young Professionals Event 2.45pm Main Lecture Hall
Presentation & demonstration of the Section’s Educational & Mentoring Programme 3.10pm Main Lecture Hall
Professional Registration 3.30pm Main Lecture Hall
A Celebration of Members’ Achievements and Awards 3.45pm Main Lecture Hall
Robotics for Humanity Competition Awards 4.20pm Main Lecture Hall
Close 4.30pm

Entry is free, but prior registration is required to satisfy capacity constraints.

The event is open by priority to Members and families of The IEEE in the United Kingdom & Ireland, with limited space for relevant third-parties and the public.

Displays and activities are designed for children aged 7 to 16, as attendees are encouraged to bring their families and children.

Light lunch and refreshments are provided.

For those not attending, and to engage the broader public, the event will be live-streamed for real-time viewing, and also video captured and made available for later playback

For those attending, the specific timings, directions and other logistical information will be issued by email in the weeks before the event.