Mission Statement

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.

 

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Message from ACM-W Europe Chair

I have spent many months thinking about how we, the ACM-W Europe, can support our members better. This brings about the question of who our members are. Do we define our membership based on skill, age or nationality? If I ask you what makes you a Developer for example, what do you think of? Imagine you are creating a character from a children’s set of building blocks. It is now blank; you must design it. How would you design something that represents you best? We are more than just where we are from or what our skin colour is. We are unique and yet share a common goal as part of a network of like-minded people. We have the ability to support, celebrate, and advocate for each other as part of that network. We have a team of people we can rely on for help. The ACM-W Europe is now 10 years old. Our founder and first chair, Reyyan Ayfer, built the network because she could see the power of supporting each other. This goal has remained unchanged in the ten years since the network was created. So what can each one of us do? It is often the little things that count. Can you put people in contact with each other to find a job? Can you help a student find a grant? Can you talk to someone who needs a person to listen to them? We can help you reach out with volunteer opportunities that can make a real difference. Let’s continue to work together in ACM-W Europe to empower each other,  exchange information and develop professional contacts for the better. A positive change in the world begins with each one of us.

Ruth G. Lennon

Chair of the ACM-W Europe

womENcourage 2022, in Larnaka, Cyprus

In 2022, womENcourageTM invites the Arts to join our celebration! The theme of this year’s celebration is  “Drawing New Lines in Science”. This year’s ACM womENcourage 2022 recognises that both the Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) share a focus on creative thinking, problem-solving and experiential, immersive learning. We are celebrating ways in which the Arts relate to STEM, often referred to as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

Event Dates: 21-23 September 2022
Extended Abstracts (and optionally posters) due: 9 May 2022
Detailed Workshop/Tutorials Proposals due: 3 June 2022
Scholarship applications due: 10 June 2022
Registration Open: 6 June 2022
Hackathon Registration: 25 July – 21 September 2022

Check out our most recent Newsletter

 

In this issue:

  • ACM-W Europe 10-year Anniversary
  • Meet ACM Fellow – Paola Inverardi
  • womENcourage –  Celebration of Women in Computing
    • Call for Expressions of Interest for 2024
    • 2022 in Larnaka, Cyprus
    • Blog – Telling Our Stories: Beatrice Evelin Gherbezan
  • ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights
  • Announcements and News:
    • ACM General Election
    • Open PhD and Post-doc Positions
    • ACM Awards and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

 

Check out our most recent Blog post

Telling Our Stories: Beatrice Evelin Gherbezan

Each year we meet incredible women at womENcourage™ celebrations. We ask womENcourage participants to tell their stories in blog posts. We continue 2022 with Beatrice Eveline Gherbezan,  who is a 3rd-year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland who was hesitant to participate in a celebration not related to her course but found a family in womENcourage.

“…more than just a conference, being part of a determined team…”

As I was not only participating but also volunteering at the event, I got to take part or at least see snippets of each and all the talks and tutorials. I could never pick one of the events over the others, yet I could admit that “How to start a local chapter” helped me realise that I should focus on myself rather than on how others are doing. Being part of the volunteering team made me realise the importance of open but professional communication. I learned how to listen to other people better. I can wholeheartedly say that the ACM womENcourage conference helped me improve my teamwork, management, orientation, and computer skills as at the helpdesk, you are helping people dealing with many different problems. At the end of the day, I could say the volunteering team and the organisers made me feel so welcome that it felt like we were one big family.

Read more from Beatrice on our blog.