Find colleagues in your region
On top of the Professional Networks, IDA has a number of regional networks that give you opportunities for personal and professional development as well as meeting representatives for local trade -, businesses - and educational institutions. The regional networks also give you a chance to meet up with other engineers and to go to special events near you.
As an IDA-member, you are automatically assigned to a region and a department. To get offers for special arrangements and meetings, you need to sign up. This can be done online on the IDA website. The regional IDA-groups have a wide variety of offers for their members, including special arrangements for students, for unemployed engineers, families with children, busy career-focussed engineers as well as for seniors and retirees.
The networks in detail
For both the Technical Specialist Networks and the Regional Networks offer different activities. These include annual conferences, company visits, meetings, field trips and a number of other events. All the networks strive to inspire and challenge their members, keeping the professional level high. You can read more about the exact focus points of the individual networks on their web pages.
The networks wildly vary in size and number of annual events. For example, IDA Miljø (IDA Environment) is one of the largest networks with approximately 3600 members. The number of networks is constantly growing and changing with the on-going technical and academic developments taking place in the various professional fields. IDA members can form new technical specialist networks within a specific academic area. This happens often, and the newest network, IDA Design, was formed in 2013.
The different network memberships
IDA offers three types of membership to the technical specialist networks. Personal membership is free, but requires you to be an IDA member. Guest Memberships costs 400 kroner per year, but does not rely on a membership of IDA. Corporate memberships vary in price, as do the benefits associated with one. For more information about the specific benefits and much more, visit the individual websites of IDA's technical specialist networks.
Boards consisting of active members run the networks. Most board members are engineers, but this is not a requirement. For example, some boards have engineers, architects and designers on them. The board members sit for 3 years and may be re-elected once. Boards meet approx. 6-8 times a year.