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Societies & Communities

As the world's largest technical professional organization, IEEE is comprised of a variety of groups, active in publications, conferences, and building technical communities. These units involve member outreach at both the local and global level.

There are two ways to get involved with IEEE: by area of interest (knowledge groups) or by geographic location (in your area).


Knowledge Groups

local ieee membersIEEE knowledge groups are member- and volunteer-driven communities, providing cutting-edge research and knowledge on various topics.



IEEE has 39 technical Societies that provide benefits to members within specialized fields of interest. Society memberships enable you stay current within your chosen technology profession, keep in touch with your peers, and invest in your career.

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Technical Councils

IEEE technical Councils are groups of Societies working together in broad areas of technology. Technical Councils sponsor member activities such as technical meetings, publishing, promoting educational activities, and developing standards.

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Technical committees

Technology is constantly evolving. In order to quickly respond to new innovations, IEEE has a variety of technical committees and activities.



General technical communities

The general technical communities pull together technologists with an interest in a hot multidisciplinary or an emerging topic area to enable increased connection and awareness of developments.


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Technical groups and activities



Standards Association & working groups

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) working groups aim to set priorities and develop appropriate standards. IEEE-SA working groups are open to everyone and participants need not be IEEE-SA members.



Virtual networks

A virtual network is a web-based community of individuals that have a shared purpose or common interests. IEEE bridges geographical boundaries and provides additional opportunities for IEEE members, volunteers, staff, and governance to communicate and collaborate through use of online communities.


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In Your Area

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IEEE is divided into ten worldwide geographic regions. Within the regions, there are local sections, chapters, and affinity groups. Together, these units conduct over 10,000 meetings a year and enable members to network and explore their technical interests as a community.


Local Sections & Chapters

Local meetings are organized by Sections and Chapters within ten Regions. IEEE members automatically become members of their local Section.

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Student Branches

Student Branches provide an opportunity for Student members to begin networking in their areas of interest and future profession. There are nearly 2,000 Student Branches in 80 countries, at various educational institutions.

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Affinity and special interest groups

IEEE affinity and special interest groups are local units of IEEE organizational units, or standing committees. To form a group in your Section or Council, complete and submit an IEEE Affinity Group Petition (DOC, 100 KB).

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Geographic units and activities


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