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Short History of EESTEC


The idea of creating a European student organization for electrical engineering students was born in 1958, but preparation meetings started in 1963, in Paris, France. EURIELEC was founded in Berlin, in 1964, with goals such as promoting contacts and practical work between foreign students of electrical engineering, and also, exchanging information for study possibilities and excursions with other EE faculties. The official language of EURIELEC was French, and on Congress in 1968, it was changed to English.

EURIELEC Congresses

  • 1966 Delft, The Netherlands
  • 1967 Paris, France
  • 1968 Berlin, Germany
  • 1969 Madrid, Spain
  • 1970 Eindhoven, The Netherlands


By 1984, the EESTEC idea was born. One year later, in 1985, representatives of three Dutch student guilds ETV (Delft), Thor (Eindhoven) and Scintilla (Enschede) forming the Committee for International Contacts (CIC) wrote a letter to old EURIELEC NatComs. It said, "From 1966 until 1971 there has existed a European Association of Electrical Engineering Students (EURIELEC). During this time, the student movement changed. The association died, according to the statutes. Your student association was a member of this Eurielec.". They claimed in that letter to set up a new association with EURIELEC formers, "under the umbrella of an existing association like IEEE or ERUEL". They said they were thinking about an annual meeting in one of the associated countries. The first EESTEC Congress was organized in 1986, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. It was arranged for 50 participants coming from 33 different cities, in 17 different European countries. It seems there weren’t Local Committees at that time; it was introduced one year later with the old name of NatCom, which is National Committee.

EESTEC Congresses

  • 1986 LC Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 1987 LC Nova Gorica/Ljubljana
  • 1988 LC Lisbon and LC Aveiro
  • 1989 LC Budapest
  • 1990 LC Zurich
  • 1991 LC Vienna
  • 1992 LC Madrid
  • 1993 LC Budapest
  • 1994 LC Aachen
  • 1995 LC Zurich
  • 1996 LC Aachen
  • 1997 LC Tampere and LC Helsinki
  • 1998 LC Reggio Emilia
  • 1999 LC Ljubljana
  • 2000 LC Delft
  • 2001 LC London
  • 2002 LC Budapest
  • 2003 LC Cosenza
  • 2004 LC Belgrade
  • 2005 LC Madrid
  • 2006 LC Sofia
  • 2007 LC Budapest
  • 2008 LC Ljubljana and LC Rijeka
  • 2009 LC Belgrade and LC Sarajevo
  • 2010 LC Athens
  • 2011 LC Craiova
  • 2012 LC Riga and LC Tallinn
  • 2013 LC Munich
  • 2014 LC Athens
  • 2015 LC Madrid
  • 2016 LC Belgrade
  • 2016 Autumn Congress - LC Belgrade
  • 2017 Spring Congress - LC Ljubljana
  • 2017 Autumn Congress - LC Zagreb
  • 2018 Spring Congress - LC Kraków 
  • 2018 Autumn Congress - LC Budapest 
  • 2019 Spring Congress - LC Athens 
  • 2019 Autumn Congress - Essen 
  • 2020 Spring Congress - LC Novi Sad 
  • 2020 Autumn Congress - LC Munich

Detailed History of EESTEC

In 1962 and 1963, electrical engineering students from several European countries met in Paris and examined the possibilities of creating an electrical engineering student association. The main goals had to be a better cooperation in obtaining jobs during summer in companies of that sector and organizing international student meetings. At that time, it couldn't be created because French students had to create a unique national organization in order to get industry support. In December of 1964, Berlin Electro technical Faculty invited 18 European university representatives to meet in Berlin to discuss problems that could be arise in the face of creating a European association. In the last General Assembly, EURIELEC was founded and Herman van de Vijer was elected as chairman. He organized the first EURIELEC Congress in Delft, in November of 1965, thanks to the Dutch industry generous support and board of directors and teaching staff.


From: ETV Yearbook 1966 article by Kees Wittebrood The first try to start a European organization of electrical engineering students was already in 1958, but this attempt failed, because the basis alone of the organization, the cooperation between Germany and France, was too instable.


Eurielec founding in Berlin, 14th of December 1964. The founders were national committees of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Yugoslavia, together representing 18 schools of technology. Mr. H.J.M. van de Vijver, a representative of ETV Delft, is chosen to be the first chairman. The goals of the association are: 1. Promoting contacts between foreign students electrical engineering; 2. Exchanging information for study possibilities and excursions with other schools of technology; 3. Promoting practical work in foreign countries and its possibilities; 4. Coordinating activities of the members, the student guilds


During the first congress of EURIELEC, held 5th-12th of November 1966 in Delft, the organizing committee welcomed the participants wearing a jacket, a typical students' outfit in The Netherlands. In the second meeting of the congress, the following new members were accepted: Belgium: Gent (Gand), Spain: Madrid, Germany: Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, Yugoslavia: Belgrade. The program of this first congress consisted of meetings, a series of six 'EURIELECTURES' about 'the computer and its applications' and several excursions. Of course, the culture and food were also experienced by the participants. At the end of the congress Mr. Jean Niviox from Paris was elected as the new chairman.


From: ETV Yearbook 1967 article by R. van Wouwe. The second congress was held in Paris, from Friday the 4th of November 1967. Not much is told about the meetings, except that Scintilla, the student guild hosting LC Twente nowadays, was accepted as a new member. Strange enough only the parties were remembered, because some things are said about a French 'boum' and another party, the 'aqua boum', which was a party on a boat. The new chairman was elected from the Berlin delegation: Hanswerner Voss.


From: ETV Yearbook 1968 article by T. de long. The third congress (from 21st of October 1968) had two major elements: working time and free time. The free time was mostly filled by visiting a 'bier stube'. The working time were the meetings. One of the discussions held was about the official language of EURIELEC. In this discussion, the French delegation, afraid of the loss of their culture, resisted with all their power against the use of the English language. No solution was found. Siemens, Springer (publications), A.E.G. and Conti Electro were visited, as well as the impressive university. Berlin had organized the 'EURIELEC ball', and thanks to a 'notruf' by a local radio station, eventually there were enough girls. The elections were not hard and José Miguel Mata Cabezón from Madrid became the new chairman.


From: ETV Yearbook 1969 article by T. de long Since the first congress, Czecho-Slovakia, Austria and Sweden were accepted as members. This time, the fourth congress was held in Madrid, starting 20th of April 1969. During this congress the publication of a magazine was one of the decisions made, as well as founding a bureau, to coordinate the distribution of documentation. After a long discussion, the decision about the next congress location was made. Not in Prague as planned, but in Eindhoven.


From: ETV Yearbook 1970 article by H.O. Laken Added to the members' list of 35 connected associations from 13 countries is Finland. The congress was held from 6th-13th of July 1970. A long discussion was held about a proposition by the delegates of Munich, Karlsruhe and Harmover, who visited the congress with an assignment by their members. Their proposition was to add to the statutes to promote the exchange information about student politics and responsibility. Some members thought that this was in conflict with the being a non-political organization. Eventually a neutral formulation was chosen satisfactory to everybody, especially the three German members. Another three members joined the association: Bratislava, Sarajevo and Helsinki. The Greek were not accepted due to a too big number of empty votes. The next congress will be held in Prague, where they can try again. The congress was concluded with a tasteful 'diner dansant' where some old-EURIELEC-ers founded the group 'friends of EURIELEC'.


From: EESTIC 1986 report, IB archive After the last conference in Eindhoven the organization changed to Czechoslovakia. They were not able to organize it that time and West-Germany took over. But the organization there only succeeded in sending invitations. The participants went home without any discussion or result: there was no congress and no further initiatives.


From: IB archive The congress organized by EUREL and IEEE is held in Venice, May 1977. Three students from The Netherlands were sent to Venice by KiVI (The Dutch engineers association). A discussion is programmed on behalf of electrical engineering students about the relation engineering associations versus student/young engineer. Students are able to join this conference with financial support from the national engineering associations. EUREL offered to do the same at its next conference, but there were no new initiatives in the next years.


In 1984 a discussion is raised between the boards of the three above mentioned student associations. There is a need for more contacts with students when visiting other European countries. This is thought to be a crucial point in a better understanding of a nation, its culture and technology. To improve student possibilities in gaining experience for his carreer is proved to be very difficult, as there is no European structure for this purpose. In 8th January, 1985, representants of three Dutch student guilds ETV (Delft), Thor (Eindhoven) and Scintilla (Enschede) forming the Committee for International Contacts (CIC) wrote a letter to old EURIELEC NatComs. It said that "From 1966 until 1971 there has existed a European Association of Electrical Engineering Students (EURIELEC). During this time the student movement changed. The association died, according to the statutes (Chapter 6. article 34 of the statutes dated July 12, 1969). Your student association was a member of this Eurielec." They claimed in that letter to set up a new association with EURIELEC formers, "under the umbrella of an existing association like IEEE or ERUEL". They said they where thinking about: · An annual meeting in one of the associated countries; · Assistance with the organizing of student visits abroad; · Assistance with creating studies for foreign students at their own university; · Exchange of study-programs; · Providing practical training places for foreign students; They asked for each student guild opinion of (the board of) regarding that plan. And finally the CIC invited those students guilds to the International Congress for Electrical Engineering Students in the Netherlands from April 27th to May 3rd of 1986 where EESTEC born on Friday, May 3rd 1986 in the Peace Palace, The Hague. From: ETV Yearbook 1988 article "It is already 1,5 years ago that a first conference between European Electrical Engineering students, the EESTEC '86 (Electrical Engineering STudents' European Conference), took place in The Netherlands. This conference has been the initiative of the three Dutch student guilds and had its origin in the 'European thought'. The results of this conference have been very positive. Decided was to organize an equal kind of conference in a different European country every year. The yearly character of the EESTEC has been guaranteed by now, since the EESTEC '87 in Yugoslavia has been very successful. An evaluation was done on European cooperation of the last year and some agreements have been made for the next year. Thanks to the international workshops preceding the EESTEC '87, good agreements could be made. It looks like that the EESTEC '88 to be held in Portugal will have a positive result as well. The creation of the national committees that foster the international contacts, resulted in the Netherlands in the CIC (Committee of International Contacts). In this committee students from Delft, Eindhoven and Twente operate under supervision of the three student guilds ETV, Thor and Scintilla. The committee meets often to discuss the working on the agreements made during the conference, and of course to foster the international contacts and to gain new ones. The activities concerning the CIC right now are investigation the exchange of internship- and studies exchanges, excursion-exchanges and propaganda. On international level the CIC helps other countries to start a similar committee. Concerning the exchanges contacts have been made with the Dutch faculties and with Yugoslavia. So far, the CIC has helped Belgian students, who have started a similar committee. Also, by attending the preparing workshops and corresponding with the organization, the CIC helps develop the EESTEC. For all these activities good ideas have arisen. We now know, more than 1,5 years ago, where to we are headed. The organization of the EESTEC 1986 has been, with a lot of active students who have cooperated. Now, we should see to it that with the new ideas and activities, new people keep building on the Dutch initiative, the EESTEC, and make sure that the European thought remains alive in The Netherlands and in Europe".


From: Aachen Archive It was 1986 when the first EESTEC Congress was organized in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. It was organized for 50 participants coming from 33 different cities in 17 different European countries. It seems there were not at that time Local Committee, introduced the year after with the old name of NatCom, that is National Committee. The countries most represented were West Germany and Finland with four cities and Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands with three cities. Looking at the list of cities participating, we can find which are the oldest EESTEC members: · Vienna from Austria · Oulu, Tampere from Finland · Paris from France (just reactivated in the last Congress!) · Budapest from Hungary · Delft, Eindhoven from The Netherlands · Krakow from Poland · Zurich from Switzerland · Madrid from Spain · Ljubljana from Yugoslavia (Slovenia got its independence in 1991) None of the four German cities (Bochum, Braunschweig, Heiligerhaus, Kaufering) and of the three Italians (Donato Milanese, Marotta, Milano) is still an active member.


From: Aachen Archive The second EESTEC Congress, held in Nova Gorica and in Ljubljana, seems to be the Congress of the National Committee creation. As we can read in the 1988 ETV Yearbook article, this Congress was a great success. A lot of initiatives were started above all by the cities involved the year before. The final number of participants was 44, coming from 35 cities in 14 European countries. This is the year in which our current logo appear. Being held in Yugoslavia, a large number of participants was from one of the nine cities present at that Congress (Ljubljana, Grosuplje, Kranj, Trbovlje, Nova Gorica, Maribor, Sarajevo, Belgrad, Svetozarevo). Between them only Ljubljana became a NatCom together with Espoo (Finland), Aachen (Germany), Enschede (The Netherlands), Trondheim (Norway), Lisbon (Portugal), Zurich (Switzerland). There are two curiosities about this Congress: · the first is that as in the 13th EESTEC Congress, held again in Ljubljana, again with a great success, Iskra (a Yugoslavian Company) was a sponsor with three different branches (Delta Computers, Telematika, Avtomatika); · the second one is that there was also Quebec from Canada (that being a member of United Kingdom, belonged to Europe in 1987) between the participants. In that year there were two workshops: 1. In Vienna (Nov. 6 – 9, 1987): 25 participants from 12 countries (Germany, Czech, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, The Netherlands, Austria); 2. In Madrid (Dec. 12 – 14, 1987): 4 countries participated (Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands, Spain).


From: Aachen Archive The number of participants (46) and the countries involved (14) are more or less the same in number of the year before, but this time the participants came from just 22 cities. This means that EESTEC started to have less NatComs, but more stable and crowded. One of the observers was Rensselaer from U.S.A. It's a pity to see that good members as Lisbon, capable to organize a Congress, and country as Belgium, which took part to the first three Congresses with 5 different Universities (Brussels, Merksem, Gent, Roeselare, Lokern) disappeared completely during the following years although Aveiro still remained for a few more years. Very rich of life and energies EESTEC organized that year a lot of activities, above all in the eastern countries: Czechoslovakia and Poland. The Exchange appeared here, officially, for the first time. · Exchange in February 1987 with Finland and Switzerland · Exchange with Bratislava (Czechoslovakia) and Vienna (Austria) · Exchange with Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia · Workshop in October 1987 in Otaniemi (Finland) · Workshop in November 1987 in Aachen (Germany) · Exchange between The Netherlands and Finland · Exchange between Yugoslavia and The Netherlands · May 1988 national conference in Poland · May 1988 workshop in Szczeczin in Poland


From: Aachen Archive and Newsletter 4, volume 13 Bernie Hoeneisen' s article During this Congress the name of our Association was born. In fact, before it EESTEC was EESTIC (Electrical Engineering Students' International Conference), then the 'i' of International became 'E' of European, and during one of the General Assembly the 'C' of Conference started to represent the word assoCiation. The participants of this Congress were 48, from 21 committees of 14 countries. Brno (Czechoslovakia), Trondheim (Norway), Zagreb (Yugoslavia) are cities that disappeared the year after. From: ETV Yearbook 1990 article The congress of 1989 is held in Budapest, Hungary. The name of ESTEC is changed into Electrical Engineering Students' European assoCiation. The Netherlands has taken the task of chairman during that conference. In November 1988, three Dutch students attended to the workshop in Szczeczin, Poland. Topics discussed were some important suggestions to change the organizational structure of EESTEC. Furthermore, some new activities have been proposed, like making a 'Yellow page Book', in which information about each EESTEC NatCom and the Electrical Engineering faculties are written. A subcommittee is formed, which has the task to produce a poster, and all other countries have to as well. On the conference of Hungary this is presented to about 15 European countries, under whom for the first time the Soviet-Union. Because the ambiance in the Budapest conference is described as 'vague', the Dutch decided to organise another workshop in October 1989. This workshop on Mobile Telecommunication was held from 10th till 14th of October in Twente and was visited by 20 foreigners from 10 different countries. Besides the usual meetings a symposium was organized, visited by 130 people, and some excursions to Dutch industry were organised. Belgium will pick up the production again of a magazine, filled with information about the activities of the EESTEC. Furthermore, a book containing information about the important employers of Europe for electrical engineers will be produced.


From: IB archive This year was expected to be a promising one because of the new situation in Eastern Europe, we hoped to welcome new LC's, and NC's from Bulgaria, German Democratic Republic and Israel joined us that year. In the first general meeting there were problems with the activities of the board, because the LCs thought that they hadn't worked well, but EESTEC needed to be strongly represented in Europe due to the changing situation. There were some changes in the rules of EESTEC, first of all they accepted rule that propose that a candidate for Chairman should be nominated not later than 24 hours before the beginning of the last general meeting. 12 of 15 participants also voted that the Chairman may appoint up to two vice-chairman. There was a discussion about accepting non European countries in EESTEC, and the GA decided that the incorporation of a non European country can be accepted only on a decision of a two-third majority in favor in a secret vote at the GM. A lot of ideas were interchanged in the newsletter, some about serious tasks like women in work world and some forums, and other funnier tasks like making EESTEC t-shirts. From: Aachen Archive After the first Congress held in a country belonged to the communist area, the 5th Congress, organized in Zurich for 53 participants, saw the first two cities of the old German Democratic Republic (Potsdam, Dresden). Included them 20 cities from 16 countries were present. This was the first time for Tel-Aviv (Israel)! And it seems to be the first time also for Helsinki (Finland). From: ETV Yearbook 1991 article In autumn 1990 a workshop in Czechoslovakia is organized, also visited by Dutch students. The next workshops will be organized in Aachen and Trondheim. The CIC Delft members are J.Huisman, R.Verboven, M.Widjaja.


From: Aachen Archive In 1991 there was, instead of a Congress, a Workshop in Vienna, but with the same procedures and purposes of a real Congress. Even if we have the Congress Report we don't have, at the moment, the participants' list for this event. We just know by ETV Yearbook Article, during this Congress there was a discussion about the proposal to become a registered Association. From: ETV Yearbook 1992 article Also organized an exchange with Israel end of 1991. A discussion is held to officially register EESTEC, in order to have a bigger chance on European sponsoring. To prove that useful activities are actually organized, EESTEC starts its first project: 'Windmills for Estonia'.


From: Aachen Archive Besides a quick appearance of Barcelona in 1988 (Lisbon Congress), Madrid has been the only Spanish Local Committee since the beginning up to now; so that in 1992 it organized its first Congress, the 7th for EESTEC: the participants were 37, coming from 15 cities of 13 countries. With this Congress it seems that Patras (Greece), after 4 years, was kicked off and the first Italian Committee came in: Bologna, together with Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tipperary (Ireland). From: ETV Yearbook 1993 article Workshops in Aachen (2), Budapest, Zurich, a project in Denmark.


From: Aachen Archive The number of participants to the EESTEC Congress, in these years, seems to become littler and littler. For the second Budapest Congress, after 4 years from the first, only 30 participants were present from some of the most stable LCs: Ljubljana, Madrid, Sofia, Zurich, Eindhoven, Twente, Delft, Bologna, Hannover, Aachen, Budapest. In the last GM Mail Manager VIP position was added to the RoP, the main task of the mail manager is holding a data file containing mail addresses and aliases. A communication protocol between NatComs was also developed, and the Yellow Pages were made in order to keep EESTEC people in contact. Two important texts were created, one to contact with new countries and one to present EESTEC to official bodies


From: Aachen Archive



At the Zurich EESTEC Congress, EESTEC is seated in this city as a result of that an international bank account will soon be opened. Treasurer will be a new board member. This is the year when NatComs are changed by Local Committees, so more than one committee can become a EESTEC member in the same country. This Congress is also remembered in all the official documents as the Congress of the Official Recognition. The number of participants started again to rise, that year were 60, coming from all the LCs still active (but Stockholm and Vigo) in EESTEC. The students from Sevastopol (Ukraine) became new LC in that Congress.


From: IB archive The Congress Organizing Committee, LC Vienna, announced that they won't be to organize the Congress due to financial problems. It is a big shock fastly spread causing confusion, bitterness and desperation in EESTEC members. The problem will be solved thanks to LC Aachen, because they offered to host the congress instead. EESTEC logo as we know was accepted during this Congress and Reggio Emilia became new member of EESTEC.


From: IB archive This year board makes some job with RoP concerning money handling, but EESTEC still has problems with international sponsorship. It has been tried to get some funds from Youth for Europe, but it wasn't possible as EESTEC people are not disadvanced people. There has been cooperations between EESTEC and IEEE but just at local level by now. Concerning web pages and email addresses there will be an online EESTEC calendar, to help internal scheduling and organization, but @eestec.org addresses find out to be too expensive so it won't be available by now. A discussion about organizing workshops financed by EESTEC int. or even by participants is made, but the conclusion is that those kind of events are not in the vain of "the EESTEC spirit". Lausanne from Switzerland and Oulu from Finland are accepted as new LC's. And IB will be host now by Zurich.


From: IB archive This is the first year after the EESTEC International Bureau relocation from Budapest to Zürich. During this year the new second level domain, eestec.org, was acquired and both web and ftp servers were set up. A guide to keep EESTEC web site up-to-date in both international and local levels is created, this is the year when EESTEC starts to exploit Information & Comunications new technologies. During this year, Cosenza and Benevento from Italy, Malta from Malta and Graz from Austria applies to be observers and attends the congress. Imperial College from London also applies but they doesn't attend to. This year International Sponsoring concentrates efforts in a couple of European-wide companies. It's fixed a basic structure of EESTEC Alumni, with the creation of the alumni contact person, and Oversight Committee becomes a bigger role in supervising the Board.


From: IB archive Several efforts on activation and reactivation of LC were made during that year. For example, people was involved in activating in the French EPF high school, in Trondheim (Norway) and Munich (Germany). Mails were sent to the current LC's in order to stay in touch with them. During 1999, the birth of the ESGIS (EESTEC Support Group for International Sponsoring) took place. It contacted with many companies and organizations. An example of its activity was the approach to the DICR Europe (a company for recruting prospective employees for international companies). A new and bright future in collaboration and supporting activities was being devised. Financially, that year EESTEC made quite a bit of profit, due to the unused travel support of the last Congress and the LC donations with no disbursements. In addition, EESTEC managed to get an Euro account and to make the Euro the official currency of the organization (instead of the CHF). An internal debate was opened about the quality of the content of the Newsletters, because the fast rhythm of publication forced to include poor and short articles. Finally, a new mail alias for the observers was created, in order to make it easier to contact with future LC's.


From IB archive, a great number of universities (ranging up to 30) were contacted to find new observers. As a result, six people were invited to Congress. A new activation package was designed, based on a CD-ROM distributed to the LCs. The structure of the Newsletter was divided into four main sections: Political, Fun, Technical and Future Events. It was decided to be published once a month (except August) via FTP. Every member of each LC was encouraged to contribute by writing articles for it. The board suggested the creation of a new EESTEC event called the TEE (Tournament in management and Engineering Skills). A new procedure to select a COC was established, following a series of steps, beginning two months after the previous Congress. In addition, a new GM development guide was devised, and it was decided that the history of EESTEC should be prepared, trying to gather all the information together and having a workshop concerning this matter, during the Congress. The problems of the junk e-mail and spam arise between the members of the mailing lists. Possible solutions were filtering the e-mail, forwarding it personally or implementing a majordomo. Much reorganization of the Alumni and Observers mailing lists took place, as well as the birth of the new international web pages. The support and cooperation with organizations as DICR, EMDS and ESA brought many benefits not only to the financial aspects, but to the image and popularity of EESTEC.