Welcome to the IEEE Communication Society Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region website!
The EMEA Region covers a vast geographical area stretching from Cape Town, South Africa in the South, Lisbon, Portugal, in the West, through Hammerfest, Norway, in the North, to Vladivostok, Russia in the East. The Region is served by 51 local chapters having together about one quarter of the ComSoc members worldwide. Chapters provide a local connection for our society members. Their activities include: talks organized within the Distinguished Lecturer Tour (DLT) or Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) frameworks, social events, workshops, seminars, special events, etc.
The current EMEA Board, formed in early 2016 (http://www.comsoc.org/boards/member-global-activities/europe-middle-east-africa-region), works to implement our operating plan. The DLTs and DSPs are coordinated by Charalabos (Harry) Skianis from Greece. What is important, most of these tours were or are to be organized in the areas with a rather low ComSoc membership, such as Middle East or Africa. We do hope to encourage more professionals from these areas to join our Society. An important facet of the EMEA activities, coordinated by Emilio Calvanese Strinati from France, is our award program that includes the EMEA Young Researcher Award and the EMEA Region Distinguished Service Award. Every year, we also select a particularly active chapter to receive the Chapter Achievement Award.
We have two major challenges – one is the membership growth in our Region, and the other increasing industry – academia cooperation. The coordination of the latter is the responsibility of Ali C. Begen from Turkey, supported by Peter Rost from Nokia Networks, Munich, Germany. The task is not easy in the current business environment, taking into account industry restructuring, growing competition, and changes in the overall markets but I do hope that we will be able propose working initiatives strengthening cooperation between the industry and the academia within the EMEA Region.
One of the issues that I would like to address as well is the ComSoc’s role in the current migration crisis in our Region. I do believe that we have to find ways to help communication professionals from Middle East and war affected countries of Africa who are currently trying to find refuge abroad or, alternatively, are trying to survive in their countries. Frankly speaking, I do not have now clear ideas on how to do that, but I would appreciate any input from our members.
You are welcome to join us for your professional benefit and for the benefit of our society!
IEEE Communications Society EMEA Region Director