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A Message from the Student Activities Organizers

Student Delegate Assembly 1
Saturday, February 19, 14:30 h – 15:30 h

This was the opening meeting for the student activities of the Convention. The SDA Chair Ulrike Schwarz and Vice-Chair Kresimir Crnkovic reported on the activities of the past year. Emily Morin and Blaise Chabanis, Chairs for the 108th Convention Students and Education events, reported on their activities for this Convention and gave an overview of the organised activities for the four days in Paris.

Student Section Report
Saturday, February 19, 15:30 h – 16:30 h

The number of Student Sections in the AES is growing rapidly. Creating a Student Section is an exciting project which can greatly benefit students. It is, however, not an easy task when you've no idea where to start. The aim of this meeting was to explain what Student Sections are, and how they can benefit you and your fellow students. We then discussed the different practical issues in creating a Section: Where do you get information from? How do you find out about doing it in your country? How do budgets work? What activities might you want to organise within a Section? In a student version of the Regions and Sections meeting, each existing Section will report on its main activities for the year, and raise any problems it has had, so that solutions can be worked out. Students wanting to create a section or simply find out about them are very welcome.

Education Fair
Sunday, February 20, 10:00 h – 13:00 h

The Education Fair is now well established in the student activities of the AES Conventions. It was free and open to the public. Every audio school or university that made the request had a table to present literature to prospective students and to provide academic counselling.

Poster Session
Sunday, February 20, 10:30 h – 11:30 h

This session was the chance for students to present their research work on all subjects covered by the AES, whether it be sound recording, psychoacoustics, underwater acoustics, electroacoustics, etc. Awards were given to those students who have shown good and interesting work.

Candidates having registered for the Convention were then able to present a poster summarising their work. The posters were displayed throughout the Convention in the area where the Education Fair was held.

Job Forum
Sunday, February 20, 14:00 h – 16:00 h

A panel of active professionals addressed the issues of market, education and expectations in a variety of careers in audio. What jobs do students think they will want to have in ten years time? What do they want to become with these jobs? What do students expect from audio jobs? These are questions that were debated in this Forum. The invited professionals tried to give an overview of the jobs that exist in the pro-audio world. They described their jobs and spoke about the technical knowledge they need for their jobs. The students spoke about their expectations, bearing in mind on the one hand, what audio professionals are nowadays, and on the other, what courses they are on.

Recording Awards
Monday, February 21, 14:00 h – 17:00 h

The category for this year's recording session was OPEN. Each entry was judged for technical and artistic merit regardless of musical style or ensemble. Finalists were selected by an elite panel of judges. Each finalist gave a brief description of their work, and played up to five minutes of their recording. Judges commented on these, and awards were given to students who have shown professionalism in their area of audio engineering.

Student Delegate Assembly 2
Tuesday, February 22, 15:00 – 16:00 h

This Student Delegate Assembly meeting marks the end of the Convention and the start of the new year. Election of the new SDA officers took place during this meeting. A discussion of the services and projects of the SDA was encouraged. The meeting ended with the Recordings and Posters awards.

Student Center

An assembly area was provided where all students could meet, and discuss student matters. A display area was used for the posters, and a room was provided where students listened to their recordings.

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