Students from all Region 8 - Africa, Asia and Europe have been invited to
meet in Paris in Pierre & Marie Curie University, to initiate the future
IEEE student branch activities at Student Branch and GOLD Congress 2010 from
August 31 until September 3. SBC in the IEEE Region 8 takes place every two
years. Tomsk representative Olesya Kozhemyak was
delegated from Russia Siberia Section.
Approximately 260 IEEE Volunteers from 40 Countries attended the Congress,
including IEEE President and President Elect. Furthermore the R8 Director,
as well as other prominent IEEE VIPs, e.g. Marko Delimar,
Gerhard Hancke, Kurt Richter, Martin Bastiaans, and many
others like the R8 SAC team were also there.
The SBC held many interesting workshops, lectures, and talks.
Within the offered workshops "Efficient Student Branch Management",
"Networking Student Branches", "Time Management", "Leadership Skills" and
many others it was possible to get
in contact with student branches like Leuven, Passau, Budapest,
Saint-Petersburg, Istambul, Madrid, Padova. Representatives from 38 nations
discussed and worked on the understanding each other and with the
chairmanship on modern technical aspects were argued. Also professional
and educational activities were brought to the audience's attention by the
volunteers during their sessions.
The high point of the SBC social program was the multicultural evening,
where each section presented its country with traditional food, clothing, and
specialties. For this multicultural evening boost we bring a lot of
vodka and black bread. So the Siberian spirit completed the multicultural
evening. The SBC closing session included the panel discussion. The panel
consisting of IEEE VIPs, like President and President elect, answered
questions concerning future of student activities and general questions of
the IEEE. An international garden-party set an end the congress.
Beside the official part, there was enough time for meeting new friends,
networking, and having fun. It was a great opportunity to meet people
from different cultures and make friends - not only with the SPC
participants, but also with the local organizing committee.
We have a hard time to leave with so many
places left to visit. We hope to visit next SBC with IEEE assistance again
that give us the opportunity to visit beautiful places and reunite with
the friends we made there.