On Wednesday 11th of May, the IEEE Victorian Section and Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) hosted a joint cocktail networking reception. The purpose of the event was to learn about the Section’s future direction, strategies regarding conferences and conference organisation.

Our section organises more than 150 meeting/events per year. In addition to the these activities, the Victorian Section organises and sponsors several major conferences/exhibitions/symposia in any given year, as well as short courses and technical training.

2016 marks a new era for the IEEE Victorian Section, new faces, new ideas. We have begun the year with some deep thought and strategic planning. Consequently, we have put into motion some exciting new initiatives that will increase our visibility, appeal, grow our brand, while providing unique and valuable products and services to our entire membership.

Conferences are an integral part in IEEE’s portfolios through which great thinkers of our time, meet to discuss ideas, disseminate and critique work and build global networks and collaborate to push the boundaries of technology.

The event was a great success, and a useful way to launch closer collaborations between MCB, IEEE Victoria Section, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre/Club Melbourne Ambassador Program.

As a follow up to this event, our section will work closely with MCB to implement a strategy on conference bidding and bring some of the biggest and best to Melbourne and to Victoria.

A special thanks to all the IEEE Young Professionals for their support and continued involvement.

Best wishes,


Eddie Custovic


Dr. Eddie Custovic

Chair, IEEE Victorian Section 2016-2017