Edit Region: IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, & Africa) History You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. To protect the wiki against automated edit spam, we kindly ask you to solve the following CAPTCHA: Display name: Region number: 12345678910 Geographic regions: Home page: Free text: <br> [[Image:Regions map world.jpg|thumb|left]] ==History of Region 8== Region 8 was created when the [[AIEE History 1884-1963|American Institue of Electrical Engineers]] (AIEE) and the [[IRE History 1912-1963|Institute of Radio Engineers]] (IRE) [[Formation of IEEE by the Merger of AIEE and IRE|merged]] in January 1963. However, its seeds were planted by the IRE which, unlike the AIEE, was a transnational society with Sections outside the USA.<br> The IRE had a stronger international character to its organization than the AIEE. Although the IRE Constitution, adopted at the first meeting on 13 May 1912, did not use the word 'international,' nor define membership qualifications by nationality, it was understood that the IRE was open to members around the globe. When Regions were established with the January 1949 Bylaws of the IRE, only the US and Canada had formal Region designations. Sections had been founded, however, including Buenos Aires (1939), London (Canada, 1944), Israel (1954), Egypt (1955), Tokyo (1955), Rio de Janeiro (1956), Colombia (1958), India (1959), Benelux (1959), Italy (1959), Geneva (1960), Chile (1961), France (1961), and United Kingdom (1962). On 24 April 1962, IRE approved the formation of Region 8 and on 24 May 1962, shortly before the merger, the IRE created Region 8. Initially, the new Region comprised six Sections in Europe, the Middle East, and North-Africa: [[IEEE Benelux Section History|Benelux]], [[IEEE Egypt Section History|Egypt]], [[IEEE France Section History|France]], Geneva, [[IEEE Israel Section History|Israel]], [[IEEE Italy Section History|Italy]], but soon after its formation, the [[IEEE United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section History|UK & RI]] was added. [[Herre Rinia|Dr. Rinia]] (Benelux) was the first Director of Region 8, 1962-1964. At the time of the merger it was agreed that the IEEE should continue the transnational concept. The first sentence of Section 3 of the IEEE Constitution, dated 9 March 1962, and adopted at the merger, reads: "The character of its scope is non-national, and the territory in which its operations are to be conducted is the entire world." In 1970, Section 3 was revised to read "The character of its scope is transnational and the territory in which its operations are to be conducted is the entire world." The IRE type of structure was adopted, but revised: the number of Regions in the USA was reduced from seven to six; Canada became [[Region 7 (Canada) History|Region 7]]; Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa became Region 8 on 8 January 1963, which is therefore the date on which Region 8 was founded; other parts of the world were covered by Region 9. The present Regional structure resulted from later changes: on 1 January 1967 South America became [[Region 9 (Latin America) History|Region 9]], with [[Region 10 (Asia & Pacific) History|Region 10]] covering other parts of the world, still including a great part of Africa; finally on 1 January 1981 the remainder of Africa became part of Region 8. [[Image:Region 9 1963.jpg|thumb|right|IRE Region 9 boundaries as at 1963.]] ==Some recollections of the Eastward spread of IEEE Sections in Region 8== In the days before the end of the Berlin Wall, and the associated political changes in Eastern and Central Europe, IEEE activity in the countries east of the ‘Iron Curtain’ was limited. There was a [[IEEE Poland Section History|Poland Section]] in Region 8, formed in 1972, and occasional IEEE related conferences had taken place there. Other International Organisations such as IFAC and IFIP were rather more successful in organising conferences in this part of the world, because of the way that they had ‘representatives’ of each country in their management bodies. The [[IEEE Hungary Section History|Hungary Section]] was formed in 1987, and the Region 8 Committee held a meeting in Budapest in April 1989. After the changes, there was a rapid development of IEEE activity and formation of new Sections. A Region 8 Committee meeting was held in Warsaw, Poland, in Spring 1991 during what were still difficult economic times for Poland. However, growth in membership numbers was (and still is) slow. The economic changes meant that IEEE membership was unaffordable for many professional engineers and academics. Senior members of national research institutes were often able to join using other than personal funds, but in a few cases, they regarded IEEE membership as something of a privilege which they were reluctant to share with junior colleagues. Somewhat later, the R8 Committee held several more of its meetings in the Central and Eastern European areas: Prague, Czech Republic, in 1994, Berlin, Germany in 1999, in what had been East Berlin (part of the former GDR), then at Budapest, Hungary in 2002 and at Kraków, Poland in 2004. The Czechoslovakia Section was formed in 1992 and despite the split of Czechoslovakia into the Czech and Slovakian Republics, a single Section for both has been retained, although that may not be sustainable in the long term. Russia was something of a special case – a huge country with many locations which have extensive Scientific and Engineering activity at a high level – where one might expect, in the long term, to see many IEEE activities develop. However after the [[IEEE Russia Section History|IEEE Russia Section]] was formed in 1990, membership growth was very slow, mainly for economic reasons, although many Chapters were formed, partly with the aid of a financial support initiative from some IEEE Societies, especially from Electron Devices, and who paid for initial memberships so that Chapter formation petitions could be created, and there were a number of IEEE conferences held. Chapter Chairs meetings were held in various places in Region 8 with financial support from Societies in Division I and IV and from Region 8, generally alongside the major conferences of one of the Societies, and the support was enough to pay for the attendance of Chapter Chairs from many of the Central and Eastern European locations. The [[IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society History|Microwave Theory and Techniques Society]] was also very active in this initiative and still is. This led to several similar Chapter Chairs meetings for other Societies being initiated by the Region 8 Committee (for example, one for Signal Processing Chapter Chairs alongside the ICASSP in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2000). However, Chapters in parts of Russia remote from Moscow sometimes complained of lack of support from their Section, and after a while moves to provide some independence for activities in St. Petersburg and Siberia arose. After some suggestions to form a Russia Council were abandoned, there was finally agreement to form three Russia Sections, one to be called ‘[[IEEE Russia (Northwest) Section History|North West]]’ and one ‘[[IEEE Russia (Siberia) Section History|Siberia]]’ – while the original Russia Section retained responsibility for all other parts of the country. Existing Chapters were transferred to the newly formed Sections where the location of their principal activities justified it. Another "problem" with some of the new Chapters was an unwillingness of the initial Chapter Chairs to hold elections and be replaced by other volunteers, resulting in some very long-serving Chairs. This also happened with a few of the new Sections. In the [[IEEE Ukraine Section History|Ukraine Section]], there were strong ‘differences of opinion’ between a Chapter in the East part and another in the West part! When the three Baltic Republics (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) gained their independence from Russia, there was a suggestion from the Region 8 Committee management to try to form a single ‘Baltic’ IEEE Section, combining the three countries. There was a mistaken belief that they were all rather similar, with languages incorrectly assumed to be Slavic! It took some persuasion to convince some senior R8 IEEE volunteers that this was not the case, and that each had a very different language and culture. An early step was the formation of a Chapter in [[IEEE Estonia Section History|Estonia]], which was affiliated with Finland since there was no Estonia Section. I had the pleasure of announcing the formation of this Chapter to the Region 8 Committee when they met in Piscataway in Spring 1998. To the puzzlement of all except the IEEE Finland Chair, I preceded my announcement by asking the Committee to listen to some music played over the audio system – this was a recording of the Estonian National Anthem, to celebrate the formation of the first IEEE unit in Estonia. It was immediately recognised by the Finland Section Chair because both countries share the same tune for their National Anthems, even though the words are quite different. During the time of the Soviet Union, playing the Estonian National Anthem or showing the Estonian flag were serious offences. Some time passed before the three Baltic countries had their own Sections, with the [[IEEE Latvia Section History|Latvia Section]] having only recently been established (in 2008). As mentioned in the [[Oral-History:Mick Byford, Robert Williams and Bob Winton|September 1995 interview by Bob Winton]] (archived at the IEEE History Center at Rutgers University, with a link from the Region 8 website), initial attempts to form a [[IEEE Lithuania Section History|Lithuanian Section]] involved Prof. Raimundas Jasinevicius, from Kaunas University of Technology, who had established links with Universities in London, England many years before, for the exchange of junior academics, etc. Progress with Section formation was very slow and made slower by his absence in Denmark for six years as Lithuanian Ambassador. However, the Section was finally established in 2005, based mainly in Vilnius. This was followed by the [[IEEE Estonia Section History|Estonia Section]] formation in 2006. IEEE activities in the former Yugoslavia were another special case. The Yugoslavia Section was formed in 1971 (or 1985, according to their website), and became moderately active in holding conferences and in providing IEEE volunteers. Because of a ‘blocked currency’ situation, USA, but an arrangement was made to keep the funds in Yugoslavia where they could be utilised for organisation of local IEEE conferences and also could be used to pay the local costs of conference attendance there by visitors from Western countries, who could then reimburse IEEE in USA. Following the wars in Yugoslavia, [[IEEE Slovenia Section History|Slovenia]] and [[IEEE Croatia Section History|Croatia]] first split away to form their own Sections, and later [[IEEE Bosnia and Herzegovina Section History|Bosnia and Herzegovina]] formed a separate Section. Calling the residue of the original Section by the name Yugoslavia became an increasing anomaly, and in 2005, it was renamed the [[IEEE Serbia and Montenegro Section History|Serbia and Montenegro]] Section Because of a number of rather new Sections wanting to host the R8 Committee, and because the R8 Committee management was glad of the opportunities to welcome these new Sections by meeting on their territory, the Committee meetings were held in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2006 and in Sofia, Bulgaria and Bucharest, Romania, in 2007. The next few meetings of the R8 Committee are likely to be in Western Europe, and so the long term average will seem more balanced. Prof. Tony Davies<br>8 June 2008 ==Section Formation dates== *5-Oct-1954 [[IEEE Israel Section History|ISRAEL]] *8-Sep-1955 [[IEEE Egypt Section History|EGYPT]] *13-May-1959 [[IEEE Benelux Section History|BENELUX]] *13-May-1959 [[IEEE Italy Section History|ITALY]] <ref>The Italy Section was split into two Sections, Italy (North) and Italy (Central & South) on 23 May 1966; until 1988, Italy (Central & South) was called Italy (Middle & South). The two Sections were merged again in November 2005.</ref> *13-Dec-1960 [[IEEE Switzerland Section History|SWITZERLAND]] <ref>The Switzerland Section was called Geneva Section until 20 September 1967.</ref> *17-Oct-1961 [[IEEE France Section History|FRANCE]] *10-Jul-1962 [[IEEE United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section History|U.K. & IRELAND]] <ref>Until 1 November 1966, the UK & Rep of Ireland Section was called the UK & Eire Section.</ref> *28-Mar-1963 [[IEEE Norway Section History|NORWAY]] *12-Jul-1963 [[IEEE Germany Section History|GERMANY]] <ref>Until 17 June 1991, the Germany Section was called the West Germany Section (until 20 September 1967) and Germany (West) Section (after 20 September 1967).</ref> *20-Mar-1965 [[IEEE Sweden Section History|SWEDEN]] *16-Apr-1968 [[IEEE Spain Section History|SPAIN]] *18-Aug-1968 [[IEEE Denmark Section History|DENMARK]] *12-Feb-1970 [[IEEE Iran Section History|IRAN]] *17-Mar-1970 [[IEEE Greece Section History|GREECE]] *21-Jun-1971 [[IEEE Croatia Section History|CROATIA]] <ref name=":0" /> *21-Jun-1971 [[IEEE Serbia and Montenegro Section History|SERBIA and MONTENEGRO]] <ref name=":0">Three sections, namely, the Slovenia Section, the Croatia Section, and the Serbia and Montenegro Section, are equal successors of the (original) Yugoslavia Section, and thus share the same date of establishment, 21 June 1971. At the time when the (original) Yugoslavian Section was established (21 June 1971), it referred to a country known as Yugoslavia (full name Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, SFRY for short). SFRY was made up of six "socialist republics", which nowadays (as of January 2020) correspond to six independent countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia. In 1992, following the wars in Yugoslavia, in which the SRFY was dissolved as a state, the Region 8 Director Kurt Richter organized a meeting with three members of the Yugoslavian Section Executive Committee in Graz, Austria. It was decided to form by petitions three new Sections, as three equal successors of the previous Yugoslavian Section, all established on 1 August 1992: the Slovenia Section, the Croatia Section, and the (new) Yugoslavia Section (referring to the country by the name of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia). It was a friendly splitting into three new Sections and in 1996 all three Sections celebrated their 25th anniversary. In 2003, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro, and in 2005 the Yugoslavia Section was renamed the Serbia and Montenegro Section.</ref> *21-Jun-1971 [[IEEE Slovenia Section History|SLOVENIA]] <ref name=":0" /> *1-Dec-1972 [[IEEE Poland Section History|POLAND]] *12-Jun-1973 [[IEEE Finland Section History|FINLAND]] *5-Aug-1977 [[IEEE South Africa Section History|SOUTH AFRICA]] <ref>The South Africa and Nigeria Section were initially Sections of Region 10. They were assigned to Region 8 on 1 January 1981, when all of Africa was shifted from Region 10 to Region 8.</ref> *12-Jan-1978 [[IEEE Nigeria Section History|NIGERIA]] *21-Dec-1979 [[IEEE Austria Section History|AUSTRIA]] *5-Jun-1981 [[IEEE Saudia Arabia Section History|SAUDI ARABIA]] *4-Dec-1981 [[IEEE Portugal Section History|PORTUGAL]] *17-Nov-1982 [[IEEE Kenya Section History|KENYA]] <ref>The Kenya Section has been called the East Africa Section for a couple of years, and was renamed Kenya Section again in August 1990.</ref> *20-Jun-1987 [[IEEE United Arab Emirates Section History|UNITED ARAB EMIRATES]] *21-Aug-1987 [[IEEE Hungary Section History|HUNGARY]] *18-Nov-1988 [[ IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section History|WESTERN SAUDI ARABIA]] <ref>The Western Saudi Arabia Section started as the Jeddah Subsection of the Saudi Arabia Section; formation date 16 February 1987. Until 15 August 1990 it was called the Jeddah Section.</ref> *18-Aug-1989 [[IEEE Turkey Section History|TURKEY]] *20-Feb-1990 [[IEEE Kuwait Section History|KUWAIT]] *15-Aug-1990 [[IEEE Romania Section History|ROMANIA]] *15-Aug-1990 [[IEEE Russia Section History|RUSSIA]] <ref>After the Russia Section (initially: Moscow Section, until 28 February 1993) was formed in 1990, membership growth was very slow, mainly for economic reasons, although many Chapters were formed, partly with the aid of a financial support initiative from some IEEE Societies, especially from Electron Devices, and who paid for initial memberships so that Chapter formation petitions could be created, and there were a number of IEEE conferences held. However, Chapters in parts of Russia remote from Moscow sometimes complained of lack of support from their Section, and after a while moves to provide some independence for activities in St. Petersburg and Siberia arose. After some suggestions to form a Russia Council were abandoned, there was finally agreement in 1993 to form three Russia sections, one to be called ‘Northwest’ and one ‘Siberia’ – while the original Russia Section retained responsibility for all other parts of the country. Existing Chapters were transferred to the newly formed Sections where the location of their principal activities justified it.</ref> *21-Nov-1991 [[IEEE Ukraine Section History|UKRAINE]] *1-Aug-1992 [[IEEE Czechoslovakia Section History|CZECHOSLOVAKIA]] *30-Jun-1993 [[IEEE Cyprus Section History|CYPRUS]] <ref>The Cyprus Section started as a Subsection of the Greece Section; formation date 18 July 1988.</ref> *24-Jun-1995 [[IEEE Bulgaria Section History|BULGARIA]] *14-Feb-1997 [[IEEE Republic of Macedonia Section History|REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA]] *12-Nov-1999 [[IEEE Jordan Section History|JORDAN]] *23-Jun-2000 [[IEEE Iceland Section History|ICELAND]] *22-Jun-2001 [[IEEE Bahrain Section History|BAHRAIN]] *15-Feb-2002 [[IEEE Belarus Section History|BELARUS]] *13-Feb-2003 [[IEEE Russia (Northwest) Section History|RUSSIA (NORTHWEST)]] *13-Feb-2003 [[IEEE Russia (Siberia) Section History|RUSSIA (SIBERIA)]] *18-Nov-2004 [[IEEE Lebanon Section History|LEBANON]] *18-Nov-2004 [[IEEE Morocco Section History|MOROCCO]] *18-Nov-2004 [[IEEE Qatar Section History|QATAR]] *18-Jun-2005 [[IEEE Lithuania Section History|LITHUANIAN]] *12-Nov-2005 [[IEEE Bosnia and Herzegovina Section History|BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA]] *18-Feb-2006 [[IEEE Oman Section History|OMAN]] *23-Jun-2006 [[IEEE Estonia Section History|ESTONIA]] *18-Nov-2006 [[IEEE Malta Section History|MALTA]] *16-Feb-2008 [[IEEE Latvia Section History|LATVIA]] *21-Jun-2008 IRAQ *21-Jun-2008 [[IEEE Tunisia Section History|TUNISIA]] *5-Sep-2008 GHANA *15-Nov-2008 ZAMBIA <br> <u>More Details</u> Austria: Founded 21 December 1979; Kurt R. Richter, Chairman; Robert Genseer, Vice-Chairman; Andreas Sethy, Secretary; Franz Voggenberger, Treasurer. Benelux: Founded 13 May 1959; [[Herre Rinia]], Chairman; [[Vitold Belevitch]], Vice-Chairman; Bruce B. Barrow, Secretary/Treasurer Denmark: Founded 18 August 1968; Georg Bruun, Chairman; P.M. Larsen, Vice-Chairman; P.E. Gudmandsen, Secretary/Treasurer; Otto Ring, Secretary/Treasurer Finland: Founded 12 June 1973; Martti E. Tiruir, Chairman; Uolevi Luoto, Vice-Chairman; Iiro O. Hartimo, Secretary; Christer O. Nykopp, Treasurer France: Founded 17 October 1961; J.R. Pernice, Chairman; J.D. Lebel, Secretary Greece: Founded 17 March 1970; John D. Flambouriaris, Chairman; Christos E. Papasifakis, Vice-Chairman; Menelaos C. Levachides, Secretary/Treasurer Iran: Founded 12 February 1970; Abbas Tchamran, Chairman; S. Berbekar, Vice-Chairman; S. Reza Hashemian, Secretary; Mahmud Zareh, Treasurer Israel: Founded 5 October 1954; Franz Ollendorf, Chairman; J.. Halberstein, Secretary Middle and South Italy; Founded 23 May 1966; Giorgio Barzilai, Chairman; Valario R. Cimagalli, Secretary/Treasurer (Italy was divided into two Sections in 1966 and merged again into one in November 2005.) Nigeria: Founded 12 January 1978; F.S. Atiya, Chairman (Section was originally part of and became part of when region boundaries were redrawn.) North Italy: Founded 13 May 1959; Algeri Marino, Chairman; Giuseppe P. Tarchini, Secretary Poland: Founded 1 December 1972; Adam K. Smolinski Portugal: Founded 4 December 1981; Manueal de Medeiros, Chairman Saudi Arabia: Founded 5 June 1981; Robert B. Tucker Jr., Chairman; Mustafa A. Jalali, Vice-Chairman; Lynn D. Blackwell, Secretary; Keith G. Hunsiker, Treasurer South Africa: Founded 5 August 1977; P.A. Calvert, Chairman Spain: Founded 16 April 1968; Rogelio T. Segovia, Organizer Switzerland: Founded 13 December 1960; G.C. Gross, Chairman; J.. Gayer, Secretary (Originally founded as Geneva Section; name changed 20 September 1967.) Yugoslavia: Founded 21 June 1971; Mirjan Gruden, Chairman; Vinko R. Albert, Vice-Chairman; Stanjoe Bingulac, Vice-Chairman; Joze Furlan, Secretary; Andrej Dobnikar, Treasurer ==Further Research== [[Media:R8 history.pdf|A short history of IRE Region 9 / IEEE Region 8]], by Martin J. Bastiaans - A history of IEEE Region 8 spanning its origins from the IRE Region in Europe, through the IRE/AIEE merger forming the IEEE and subsequently to the present day Region 8 consisting of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Included are personal reflections of past directors, committee meetings and conferences, student activities, award recipients from Region 8, and Region 8 history papers presented at HISTELCON 2012. A number of archival documents are attached as appendices, including ephemera and minutes from early Region 8 Committee meetings. [http://www.ieeer8.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/12/r8_centennial_review.pdf Region 8 Centennial Review, issued in 1984 for the 100 years of IEEE.] [[Media:Region 8 History and Strategy 1995.pdf|Region 8 History and Strategy, 1995]] [[Oral-History:Mick Byford, Robert Williams and Bob Winton|Early history of Region 8 and the UK & RI Section]], by Bob Winton, Mick Byford, and Robert Williams - An interview conducted by William Aspray on 4 September 1995 for the IEEE History Center. ==Notes== <references /> [http://www.ieee.org/r8 Region 8 Website] [[Category:Regions]] Summary: This is a minor edit Watch this page Cancel Retrieved from "https://ethw.org/IEEE_Region_8_(Europe,_Middle_East,_%26_Africa)_History"