ACM Women (ACM-W) supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.
ACM Women Europe (ACM-W Europe) is a standing committee of ACM Europe and works to fulfil the ACM-W mission in Europe. The ACM-W Europe vision is a transformed European professional and scholarly landscape where women are supported and inspired to pursue their dreams and ambitions to find fulfillment in the computing field.
I hope that you are all keeping safe and well in these challenging times. For many this is a time for working from home to help protect ourselves, our friends and family. For others, work or education may seem uncertain as we wait on guidance from others.
On behalf of all of the ACM-W Europe, I would like to thank you for continuing to be you. Covid-19 has caused stress for many of us. We worry about our health, our jobs and our general state of mind. We may not always feel ok, and this is fine. Everyone finds it hard sometimes. Whatever the world holds for us, there will be an end to the difficulties.
We hope to see you sometime soon at one of our many conferences and celebrations. For now, let’s celebrate and be proud of who we are. Remember that ACM-W Europe is here for you. We will continue to be here for you when this reaches its worst and we will continue to be here for you when we begin to rebuild our lives. Read more…
womENcourage 2021 is to be held in Prague, Czech Republic. The slogan of the event this year is “Bridging Communities to Foster Innovation”. In an increasingly technology-driven world and a rapidly changing economic environment, the field of computing cannot reach its full innovation and creativity potential if formed of homogeneous expertise, represented unevenly only by a fraction of the population. To foster innovation, we shall stop compartmentalising scientific progress by disciplines and encourage innovation across boundaries.
The community behind the scenes of womENcourage 2021 conference, is Czechitas. This Czech non-profit organisation emerged in 2014 to empower and encourage girls and women to engage in computing education or career transition. Czechitas strives to demonstrate that tech is an exciting career direction that is not necessarily difficult nor, more importantly, limited to one gender. Initially established to provide female students in the Czech Republic with an opportunity to put their hands on programming, it now aims at achieving a significant social change. Find out more about Czechitas.
In this issue:
- Meet 2020 ACM Fellow – Professor Olga Sorkine-Hornung
- womENcourage 2021: Preparing for Prague
- European Volunteer Network – A Webinar from Kharkiv University
- Blog Series: Telling our Stories – Cristina Marquez
- ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights
- Announcements and News:
- Events, conferences and other deadlines
- ACM Awards and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines
Meet 2020 ACM Fellow – Professor Olga Sorkine-Hornung
In the early days of 2021, ACM has recognized 95 computer scientists as Fellows. Prof. Dr Olga Sorkine-Hornung, Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich is the only female computer scientist from Europe recognised for this honour this year. Professor Sorkine-Hornung is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of geometric modelling and digital geometry processing. She currently leads the Interactive Geometry Lab at the Institute of Visual Computing in the Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich. When she started at ETH at the age of 30, she was the youngest professor at the time.
Blog Series: Telling our Stories – Cristina Marquez
Each year we meet wonderful women at womENcourage. This year was no different, and in the rest of the year, we will have womENcourage participants telling their stories in our blog. This month’s blog post written is by Cristina Marquez, s a Data Scientist in Networks and Telecommunications.