Author: Dr. Celia Shahnaz, IEEE Bangladesh Section.
Under an approved fund for R10 Mini POCO, IEEE Bangladesh Section organized 2 workshops by IEEE MCE for training on Conference organizing. The workshops were held on December 2nd and December 9th. The workshops were funded by IEEE Region 10. The resource person for both events was Fred Schindler, FIEEE from IEEE Conference Committee.
First Workshop on December 2nd was conducted for the Section Leadership for their further perusal so that they can evaluate the conference applications for technical sponsorship or co-sponsorship. The pros and cons of a conference emphasizing the evaluation and maintenance of technical quality throughout the conference and its addition to the Xplore repository were elaborately discussed by Fred Schindler. All 15 IEEE Bangladesh Section Excom Members including Past Chair Prof. Shaikh Fattah attended the workshop. John Tracy moderated the session with a short introduction speech from Dr. Celia Shahnaz, Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section.
The second workshop was held on December 9th for the conference organizers and section members. This workshop emphasized on ensuring and maintaining the technical quality in various steps of a conference. Furthermore, some confusion and FAQs were cleared during the interactive QA Session by the resource person Fred Schindler. Dr. SN Singh, Vice Chair, IEEE R10 Technical Activities; Dr. Michael Ong, Conference, and Technical Seminar Coordinator, IEEE Region 10 and Dr. Celia Shahnaz, Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section were other panelists of the session with John Tracy as the moderator. Around 50 people attended the workshop including various conference organizers of Bangladesh.
In the end, Dr. Celia concluded the session by giving a vote of thanks to all the attendees and the panelists. She encouraged the workshop attendees to implement the key points from the workshop in their conferences and welcomed everybody to contact her in case of any confusion.