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Adcom Committee Membership Report July 19, 2014 Sal Portillo
Conferences supported this year: • ICOPS-Washington DC • RTC- Nara • IPAC- Dresden • PSMR- Kos • NSREC- Paris • LAWPSS – San Jose • Power Modulator – Santa Fe • ISEML-Skipped • NSS/MIC- Upcoming • Things that are going well: • Recruit hard at conferences –our volunteers put a lot of heart into this • Thank you all volunteers! • Show/wave our flag at conferences • We are vocal and engaging, if possible we are on the screen before plenary, in between sessions, NPSS is represented
Things that are going well (Cont.): • Developed a new training process for new volunteers • Skype based, mentored by Membership Committee • Active help during conference • Typically ~10%- 15% of of conference attendees sign up (IEEE, IEEE/NPSS) • We try for “High Value Recruits” • All recruits are vetted for prior membership prior to being sent to IEEE • We seek students out. • We dont recruit the Janitorial staff, the pizza delivery guy, et.. • We try hard for Asian and other regions • At ICOPS and Power Modulator- Little interest from Chinese visitors • Our efforts in Mexico, Central America, South America going slow but moving... • More on this in a bit... • We have some ideas for future conference • More on this in a bit
Some logistical issues this year... Material delays as well as delays in registering members But we try to overcome
The main point though I think is the 10-15% recruiting at conferences: Why is this? • Many are already members • Dont see value (Chinese, even though they save money..) • ...Not enough ‘good’ fish in the pond?? • We need to think of other options. • Some thoughts for upcoming Turkey Conference • New exposure to new possible members.. • Should pay special attention to these new members • Conference website- ‘Strong visual pitch’ • Free 6 month membership AFTER the conference • Strong engagement during conference activities..
Ok but.. I believe that we need to ‘mentor’ new members and help these in the beginning, especially in other regions: Mexico, Central America,.... Others: Women, Students, How? Can we establish such a program where we do ‘mentor’ new members? Membership, transnational, chapters, treasurer (!), upcoming conferences.. TAKE an intern., maybe 2. Offer them a temporary internship and learn from us. Make it a rotating term, every two years we get new blood. Teach them, make them leaders, put them back in the pond and see if they take.. Yes many downsides: Money, some of them too green, we are busy,... Or: 10% at conferences and Chinese ambivalence!!