Frequently Asked Questions
What is INCOSE?
INCOSE is the International Council on Systems Engineering. Information about the history of the organization, its mission and objectives can be found on the website at www.incose.org.
What is the INCOSE symposium?
The INCOSE symposium has a rich history that dates back to 1991, and has continued uninterrupted every year to the present. The symposium continues to be the largest annual gathering of systems engineering professionals, educators and researchers.
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When and where is the symposium this year?
IS2021 is taking place in Honolulu, HI - USA from July 17 – 22, 2021.
Who can attend the symposium?
The symposium is an open event and everyone who registers and pays their registration fees is welcome to attend. Attendance includes access to the technical sessions, the exhibition area and food and beverage for the day. Access to some special events, such as tutorials and tours, will require special registration.
Although early registration is encouraged, it is possible to register on-site, but some limited-availability options, such as the banquet, may be closed. Participants are encouraged to bring their family members, but special conditions may apply regarding access to the event. Extra guest tickets are available for some social events on a first-come, first-served basis.
IS2021 will be the first INCOSE hybrid symposium. What does it mean?
We encourage everyone to join us in Honolulu for the physical symposium and enjoy our world-class content and networking opportunities. However, we recognize that particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, travel will likely not be possible for all. We will offer some a virtual Symposium, including some of the tracks of the Symposium as well as some tutorial opportunities. We are examining ways to help those who attend in Honolulu and those who attend from the comforts of home to interact and network together, further building on the virtual Symposium experience many of you enjoyed in 2020.
Is there a theme for IS2021?
INCOSE began to brand the International Symposium since 2010 under the specially designed INCOSE International Symposium logo. The IS2021 theme, which is highly relevant for the current pandemic situation, is: Accelerating through Adversity.
What is the difference between an open and closed meeting at the IS?
INCOSE values transparency in all its actions and activities. An open meeting is one in which you can just drop in and start contributing to the work of the participants - in true workshop style. Closed meetings are those with a focused agenda and an audience qualified to address the agenda. In many cases, you can reach out to the chair of a meeting in advance - either to join the group or to observe. In some cases, it may be inappropriate; for example, the CAB is for corporate members; the CAG is the advisory group for Certification discussing sensitive topics where the meeting must be closed to protect the integrity of the process and the certification.
Is there a standardized measure of conference hours for INCOSE continuing education requirements?
Participants in INCOSE’s International Workshop (IW) and International Symposium (IS) may claim Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward their renewal as Associate Systems Engineering Professionals (ASEPs) and Certified Systems Engineering Professionals (CSEPs). IW participation counts toward the category of “Attend non-peer-reviewed Professional Technical Society event,” for which they may claim a maximum of 30 PDUs in a renewal period. IS participation counts toward the category of “Attend peer-reviewed Professional Technical Society event,” for which there is no maximum in a renewal period. Working group meetings outside of the IW and IS count toward the category of “Participate on Professional Technical Society working groups, committees, etc.” for which there is no maximum in a renewal period. All activities should be claimed according to the number of hours of participation, rounded to the nearest quarter hour, with one hour equaling 1 PDU. More information on INCOSE Certification renewal is posted at https://www.incose.org/systems-engineering-certification/the-certification-process/how-do-i-renew