The 48th Annual Conference of the Industrial Electronics Society was held in Brussels, Oct 17-20, 2022.

The 2022 edition of our annual flagship society conference IEEE IECON 2022 was the first face-to-face version after two years of online events. Despite active travel restrictions, about 800 experts, academic and industrial, joined the event.

Again held in conjunction with IEEE ICELIE conference, a full week of activities started on Monday with 10 tutorials and two workshops where more than 300 people attended.

The conference was kicked off by an opening speech from IES President Mariusz Malinowski and VUB Vice-rector on Research Pieter Ballon and a welcome by the conference chairs Abdellah Touhafi and Peter Palensky. A keynote was given by Dr. Kathrine Jensen from the European Commission, titled “Towards a Green and Digital Future.”

Beside the conference sessions, the event also hosted the Interop Plugfest and the IES Industry Forum, to large industrial activities and a vibrant Women in Engineering event with seven invited speakers.

Prof. Claudia Martis, one of the 7 speakers of Women In Engineering session


Matthias Kuom from the European Commission DG Connect at the Industry forum


As it is tradition with IECONs, educational activities of Industrial Electronics Society such as the Associate Editor Training Day or the Fellow Nomination Training Day were organized as well.

The gala dinner featured a beautiful and festive award ceremony celebrating 8 IES awards and 44 winners of the Students and Young Professionals (SYPA) Awards.

Gala dinner with -on stage- Awards chair Hiromasa Haneda, conference chair Abdellah Touhafi, IES president Mariusz Malinowski, and conference co-chair Peter Palensky.


The final day was started by keynote speakers Christof Schernus and Joeri Van Mierlo who highlighted the industrial and academic perspective of the role of transformation of Mobility in the EU. Later in the afternoon, an inspiring plenary session was given by Jorgen D’Hondt, covering the fundamentals of our universe and how they get discovered by large particle accelerators.

We celebrated the end of the conference with a party, featuring international food and nice jazz music, a perfect moment to meet friends.

Thanks to the IECON 2022 chairs, Abdellah Touhafi and Peter Palensky for providing most content of this article.