Tailoring EMBC’14 for Students and Young Professionals

Tailoring EMBC’14 for Students and Young Professionals 618 372 IEEE Pulse
Author(s): Lisa Lazareck, Mary McDougall

Every year, dedicated EMBS volunteers put together a series of activities for the annual EMBC specifically aimed at Students and Young Professionals. There are free networking lunches with EMB leaders, workshops to hone soft skills (registration required), sessions for career advice, a sit-down meal with women in the Society, and even a catered reception enabling like-minded individuals at similar stages in their careers to meet, bond and make connections for the future.
Here’s a brief summary of activities specifically created for our emerging talent for the 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’14), to be held from August 26-30, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The overall theme of the conference is “Discovering, Innovating, and Engineering Future Biomedicine” – how fitting for the leaders of tomorrow!
See EMBC’14 ‘Students’ tab for updates, and further details on registration requirements:


  • PowerPoint/Poster Clinic Workshop: Effective Presentation Design and Delivery
    Are you nervous about your upcoming PowerPoint/Poster presentation? This workshop provides some last minute words of wisdom and insightful “do” and “don’t” tips.
  • Technical Writing Workshop: Getting Published in Biomedical Engineering Journals
    From start to finish, the entire writing process will be covered to help you improve your technical writing, explain your research/project clearly and thoroughly, and get it published in an academic journal.
  • Learning Workshop: Learning How to Learn
    Want to know the latest insights from neuroscience and cognitive psychology on how to learn effectively?  Whether you are a professor, a post-doc, a grad or an undergrad, you’ll find brand new information about learning here that will be practical and useful.


  • Applying for, Negotiating & Embracing Your First BME Position
    Tips on putting together your CV, preparing your portfolio and getting ready for the interview will be covered by invited speakers from academia, the private sector and government.
  • EMBS Student Chapter/Club Development
    Get inspired by sharing best practice examples of Chapter and Club activities with peers from around the world, including representatives from the newly awarded Best Student Chapter/Club and the Best New Student Chapter/Club. 
  • Meet the Editors
    EMBS editors (IEEE EMBS Journals and Magazines) will briefly present their journal/magazine and what they are looking for in a manuscript submission, with an ensuing Q&A.
  • Career Advice: Short-Term, Long-Term and Everything In-Between
    Are you wondering what to do next in your career? We have assembled a panel of diverse and prestigious speakers to provide their insight on the job market today – with representation from academia, the private sector, government and regulators/funders.


  • Student Paper Competition and Best Paper Awards
    All Conference attendees are welcome to watch the Student Finalists present their work to the Judges of the Competition. These sessions additionally feature a separate Best Paper Award in BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Research sponsored by The Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at the University of Minnesota.


  • Lunch with Leaders I, II, III
    Hungry for a chat? All EMBS students are invited to register to one (of three) free lunches at EMBC’14 to meet leaders within the biomedical engineering community.
  • Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon
    Discuss the infamous ‘work-life-balance’ from peers worldwide and leading women within the Society – both men and women are encouraged to attend. This Luncheon (registration and subsidized fee required) is supported by IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) – a free entity to join for Students, Graduate Student Members and Life Members.


  • Student and Young Professionals Networking Reception
    IEEE and EMBS want our young engineers to meet each other! IEEE Young Professionals is an international community of enthusiastic, dynamic, and innovative members and volunteers (formerly known as GOLD). Registration and subsidized ticket fee required.

Plus: Cultural Activities during the lunch-time, early-evening, and rest-time. The best that Chicago has to offer!
Thank-you to the supportive EMBC’14 Organizing Committee, and VP Membership Barbara Oakley, plus the formidable event Chairs: Shaun Cloherty, Lei Ding, Christopher James, Lisa Lazareck, Cristian Linte, Subhamoy Mandal, Jim Patton, Mary Preston McDougall and Abigail Parks. We look forward to seeing you in August!