As the world's largest technical professional organization, IEEE offers a number of ways to get involved with technical and local communities. These communities are active participants in research and authorship, conferences, and important conversations about today's most relevant technical topics locally and globally.

Knowledge Communities

IEEE 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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IEEE Collabratec

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Within a single centralized hub, IEEE Collabratec easily connects technology professionals sharing similar fields of interests around the globe.

Everyone who participates in IEEE Collabratec can establish a professional identity to showcase technical interests, key accomplishments and participate in professional networking groups and communities.

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.

Future Directions Initiatives

Connect with emerging technologies via conferences, news articles,. technical papers, related standards, professional organizations, and academic programs.

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. 

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.


Local Communities

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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.

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.

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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