The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), with 423,000 members worldwide the largest professional organization of engineers and scientists in the electrotechnical and electronical field, now has its European office in Vienna. On 22 September 2017, the European Technology Centre of IEEE was opened on the premises of Austrian Standards at Heinestrasse in Vienna's second district.
Senior representatives of IEEE had come to Vienna for this occasion, including Karen Bartleson, IEEE President and CEO. "Establishing the European Technology Centre marks an important step in furthering IEEE’s global, strategic activities within Europe and beyond,” said Karen Bartleson at the opening ceremony that was attended by representatives of business, science and the City of Vienna. Bartleson: "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."
In her welcome address, Austrian Standards' Director Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha explained: "Austrian Standards increasingly focuses on expanding its international networks in order to integrate Austria even better into the development of worldwide standards on strategically important issues of the future. Therefore, we are very pleased that the European Technology Center of IEEE has its offices on the premises of Austrian Standards."
Global perspective in world-changing technologies
With more than 423,000 members worldwide, including over 55,000 in Europe, "IEEE brings a global perspective and strong membership base of professionals who are leading authorities in world-changing technologies, from computing, communications and sustainable energy systems to IoT and blockchain, biomedical engineering, and many more," stated the news release of IEEE on the opening of the European offices. "IEEE nurtures, develops, and advances technologies worldwide through standards development, supports the incubation of new innovations, produces highly cited publications, organizes major conferences, and offers a wide range of professional and educational programs."
In future, IEEE plans to expand on a number of strategic initiatives such as the European Public Policy Initiative, which aims to increase the dialogue between the European technology community and European policy makers and regulators through expert working groups in areas such as energy and information and communications technology. Current engagements of the European Technology Centre based in Vienna include participation in the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation and the European Innovation Summit.
Vienna summit meeting of standards organizations
At the invitation of IEEE, the 21st meeting of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) was held at the Meeting Center of Austrian Standards on 26 and 27 September. The GSC brings together leading organizations developing standards on communications technologies and related fields. Its members include the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - in which Austrian Standards represents Austria - and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Its objective is to consolidate diverse activities and co-ordinate them with foresight.