IEEE Tartan History

Glasgow Celebrates 30 Years of Electronic Engineering Conferences by Creating an IEEE Glasgow tartan

Glasgow is synonymous with engineering excellence and hosts more Electrical and Electronic Engineering conferences than any other UK city outside London. 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of IEEE conferences in Glasgow, with the city welcoming over 35 conferences in the field over the last 30 years to 2022.

ICASSP ’89 was Glasgow’s first IEEE conference, led by General Chair Professor Tariq Durrani OBE and IEEE Life Fellow from the University of Strathclyde. To celebrate the anniversary and the city’s proud connection to IEEE, Glasgow Convention Bureau created an IEEE Glasgow Tartan, produced locally in Glasgow by tartan specialists Ingles Buchan.

A tartan is a patterned cloth that visually represents a family or clan. The IEEE Glasgow tartan is a modern-day representation of belonging for IEEE members. The tartan, woven in Scotland using traditional methods, consists of crisscross bands, using blue to represent knowledge, integrity, expertise, and stability and white to represent light, safety, and purity.

The tartan was officially unveiled by Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander in a presentation to the IEEE President, Professor Jose Moura, at a 30th Anniversary IEEE Dinner held at Glasgow City Chambers in September 2019.

Top volunteers from IEEE Region 8 and Glasgow attended the ceremony, as well as representatives from nearby universities.

Jose Moura video



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Registration is expected to open in early 2021.