The first event was the Student-Industry Networking Event, sponsored by OnScale. It targets students graduating with their PhD within one year. The first part of the event was a speed-networking activity. About 20 students had four minutes to present their profile to industry members in one-on-one rounds. Every four minutes, students changed their seats to meet new industry members. To facilitate this exercise, students were asked to prepare a slide with keywords describing their university path and research field. The discussions were then extended during the second part of the event: the social reception, where students and industry members were invited to network casually with food and drinks .
The second event was a Student-Professor Breakfast, sponsored by the IEEE-UFFC Society. Through this breakfast, twenty students had the opportunity to network with academic leaders within the UFFC community through one-on-one conversations that could include topics ranging from career challenges in academia to post-doctoral positions and to tips related to the research field. The discussion time was set at 15 minutes per professor, so that students could meet three different professors during the one hour event. Matches were set in accordance with research topics.
The last event was a student lunch for all the students attending the conference. More than 200 students gathered in the Rainbow room on Tuesday October 22nd and admired a beautiful view of Kobe. The meal was an opportunity to share professional experiences and network with future colleagues.
The feedback collected after events was extremely positive. Across all events, 100% of the students, industry members, and professors were willing to sign up again for these events. In the student-industry event, 80% of the students met with a company they would like to work with and 100% of the industry members found students they want to talk with further.
Plans are already underway for repeating and improving the student events next year at IUS 2019 in Glasgow. Based on the feedback obtained this year, some novelties will be added and the goal is to attract even more participants.