Women in Circuits and Systems (WiCAS) and Young Professionals Program Reception (YPP) at ISCAS 2014

Monday 2nd June, 2014
Time: 1820 – 2020
Location: River Room, Level One, Crown Towers (directions below)

The WiCAS/YPP Organising Committee invites ISCAS delegates to attend the Women in Circuits and Systems (WiCAS) and Young Professionals Program Reception (YPP) keynote address with a canapé and cocktail reception at Crown Towers River Room following sessions on Monday 2 June, 2014.

Keynote address:

New Strategies for Breaking the Mold: Advancing Both Technology and Gender Equality

Elizabeth Broderick
Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission

Women in Circuits and Systems and the CAS Young Professionals Program invite you to a keynote address and cocktail reception after the first day of technical sessions at ISCAS 2014. This address provides an opportunity to learn from Australia’s internationally recognized leadership, experiences, and successful track record in gender diversity. Commissioner Broderick will discuss her research into best practices that developed into an online “toolkit” of strategies to support women in male-dominated industries. The online toolkit provides practical suggestions and examples of different kinds of workplace strategies and mechanisms across four areas: attraction, recruitment, retention and development of women. Additionally Commissioner Broderick has been instrumental in bringing together some of Australia’s most influential business leaders to form the Male Champions of Change group. This group aims to use their individual and collective influence and commitment to promote the issue of women’s representation in leadership.

Please join us for the address to learn about new resources and strategies that will enable participants, both male and female, to take home proven strategies for enhancing gender diversity to implement at their home institutions and within our professional communities. Afterwards, stay to mingle with fellow participants at a cocktail reception.

This event has been made possible with generous support from the 2014 Outreach Initiative of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Pamela Abshire, WiCAS Chair of ISCAS 2014
Elena Blokhina, YPP Co-Chair of ISCAS 2014
Yoko Uwate, YPP Co-Chair of ISCAS 2014

Directions to the River Room, Crown Towers

From the East side (exhibition centre side) of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), cross Clarendon St over the tram tracks and walk along the Yarra Promenade next to the Yarra River until you come to Queensbridge Road, turn right and enter through the main doors of Crown Towers. Once inside look for directional signage to the River Room.

WiCAS walking directions

Engineering Networks that Work: Design Tools for Your Career

Sunday 1st June, 2014
Time: 0900 – 1200
Location: Room 210, Level 2, Melbourne Convention Centre
Cost: Free of charge
Bookings: Registration can be made via the online registration form on the ‘tutorial’ page. Registration for a tutorial only is available via the online registration form by clicking the link above. Select ‘new registration’, enter your demographic details then select ‘tutorial only registration’ on the Registration page. Payment can be made via the online form.

Facilitator/s: Elena Blokhina, Margaret Collins, Pamela Abshire and Yoko Uwate

Spoiler alert: this tutorial will NOT teach you to design more effective routers or interchip communication protocols. It WILL teach you how to communicate more effectively and build networks of colleagues in order to support your future career development.Meetings like ISCAS are important precisely because they offer so many opportunities for professional growth and development – but do you know how to recognize and gain maximum advantage from the rich array of opportunities before you? We’re all familiar with the stereotype of engineers as antisocial misanthropes who lack the social skills to initiate or maintain conversation. That is a vast generalization, and there are lots of examples to the contrary, but it is true that engineers are often so focused on technical advancement and training that they neglect many simple and easy techniques that they could use to boost their own careers and create more opportunities to realize and develop their technical ideas and projects. This tutorial will operate like a workshop, introducing participants to some of these challenges, presenting strategies to overcome them, and working in small groups to practice some of these strategies. Topics covered will be relevant to: social skills, presentation skills, professional networking, setting up collaborations, maintaining collaborations, impostor syndrome, protecting your core values, volunteerism, pitfalls of technical careers and how to avoid them, workplace culture. Seasoned, successful researchers from the CAS community will be invited to offer short personal stories to complement the program and to offer practical advice on your career issues and questions.