IEEE continues to expand its global presence with the opening of the European Technology Center in Vienna. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening were just recently held on September 22. The center will provide support and services to the European technical community, focusing specifically on the needs of academia, government, and industry. In addition, the center will contribute to IEEE’s programs globally. The new office is located in the Austrian Standards Institute building.
“Establishing the European Technology Center marks an important step in furthering IEEE’s global, strategic activities within Europe and beyond,” says Karen Bartleson, 2017 IEEE president and CEO. “We see a strong foundation for collaboration and look forward to contributing important technology and policy initiatives that will help grow and strengthen the European science and innovation ecosystem.”
Opening the European Technology Centre in Vienna provides IEEE an ideal opportunity to engage and participate in public policy by facilitating dialogue between European technologists and policymakers. IEEE plans to continue work on a number of strategic initiatives including the European Public Policy Initiative, which aims to increase the dialogue between the European technology community and European policymakers and regulators through expert working groups in areas such as energy and information and communications technology (ICT). Activities of the European Public Policy Initiative include developing public policy position statements and organizing policy-related events.
The center’s initial goals also include supporting IEEE standards initiatives to help foster European and global innovation. In addition, the center will foster educational and career-enhancement opportunities for professionals to stay up to date on the latest technologies.
From IEEE The Institute – October 10, 2017
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