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Inside The January Issue:

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
~ John F. Kennedy

Welcome to 2016!
2016 graphic In January 2015 this newsletter went through a transformation, not only in form but also in substance and tone. I hope that you have found these changes beneficial and useful to your conference organizing activities.

For 2016 you can expect to see more changes and new approaches. We plan to bring more content from the volunteer community and industry to not only keep you current but also encourage you to try new things.

What will not change is the focus on serving the conference community and the needs of organizers. If there are topics you want to hear about or share, please contact me.

I welcome your comments, ideas and suggestions.

— Kevin Hanft, Managing Editor

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2016 Organizer Resolution: Take Advantage of MCE Conference Education
2016 Graphic collage It’s a time for resolutions and commitments. If you are a conference organizer, why not resolve to learn new conference skills? Whether a ‘first time’ organizer, an experienced one or taking on a new conference role, the Conference Education Program has valuable information to help make the best use of your time.

Monthly live webinars cover topics from organizing basics to new tools and industry perspectives. There are also twelve eLearning courses covering all of the major conference roles. There is something for everyone. And, you can earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) with both.

We encourage you or others on your committee to gain practical knowledge, skills and understand the resources available. Learn more about MCE Conference Education or download the Conference Education brochure.

See details below about eLearning courses, playback or upcoming webinars.

Contact MCE Conference Education
Conference Education Program: Updates

The MCE Conference Education Program provides learning opportunities for conference organizers of all experience levels, locations, organizational units and roles.

There are three learning options available:

  • Educational Webinar Series
  • eLearning Courses
  • Conference Leadership Workshops

Register for Educational Webinar Series

Register for eLearning Courses

You must register for these MCE educational offerings at theIEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE)using yourIEEE Accountto access.

Contact MCE for more information on Conference Workshops.


This month, MCE will host an important live webinar, “Event Crisis Management: Protecting Your Conference in Uncertain Times."

This session will help prepare you to deal with hazards and threats that might affect your event and how to prevent or minimize the effects.

Register Here-10:00 AM-Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Register Here-3:00 PM-Thursday, 21 January 2016 3:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

In February, “Using IEEE Collabratec™ to Enhance Engagement at Your Conference” will help organizers learn how to use the various tools available and reach technical communities that can enhance attendance and engagement at your conference.

Register Here-10:00 AM- Wednesday, 24 February 2016 10:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Register Here-3:00 PM- Wednesday, 24 February 2016 3:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Conference Proceedings Guide Now Available

Conference paper scope is an area where conferences sometimes face issues or have questions. The MCE Conference Quality team has created a handy reference tool,"IEEE Conference Proceedings: Guide to Scope and Quality Criteria”, to assist organizers in performing reviews with confidence.

The guide provides definitions and examples to help organizers make determinations within their committees. Each paper must fit within the stated scope of the conference. For example, a paper on magnetic disk drives would be outside the technical scope of a conference on wireless technology (unless wireless technology was an important aspect of the disk drive).

Written quality is another key review factor. Gordon MacPherson, MCE Director of Conference Quality also reinforced that “IEEE does not demand perfectly written English, but any errors should not interfere with a reader’s ability to understand the science being explained.”

The Conference Quality team is available for consultation on paper review methods, scope and any quality related issue.

Learn about Planning a Technical program

Contact MCE Conference Quality

QuickTipDid you know? An eLearning course on using CrossCheck for Plagiarism Screening is now available in Simplified Chinese?

Register for Cross Check for Conferences – Simplified Chinese

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