The IEEE R8 Students and Young Professionals Congress is the largest student event in all region 8. It occurs every two years and gathers both students and young professionals members from all Sections in this Region. The first edition was held in 1998, and the scale of the event has been growing ever since, attracting more attendees, worldwide known speakers, and more national and international companies and organizations supporting it. The primary goal of the SYP Congress is to enhance and foster the engineering sense and capabilities through different activities, exchanging experience and knowledge between young professionals and students from different parts of the world. The social activities during the Congress are a great networking opportunity to start international collaborations. Another goal is to provide the opportunity for students and the industry to get in touch with each other, so decisions or plans for a career, later on, can be made and guidance and advice for students can be given. Participants can take advantage of the event program tailored to the core goals of IEEE, focusing personal and professional growth altogether expanding their IEEE network of contacts and friendships.
So far, the editions of the Region 8 SYP Congress (former Student Branch and GOLD Congress, SBC) have been: Istanbul 1998, Eindhoven 2000, Cairo 2002, Passau 2004, Paris 2006, London 2008, Leuven 2010, Madrid 2012, Krakow 2014 and Regensburg 2016. This year we count on you to make it even more memorable.