The ACM Women Europe (ACM-W Europe) mission is to foster women’s education and careers in computing, and encourage the European professional and scholarly community to promote the participation and professional development of women in computing and recognize their contributions to the field. It fulfills the ACM-W mission to support, celebrate and advocate 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.
Message from ACM-W Europe Chair, Rukiye Altin
To all ACM-W Europe members, greetings! The sun is out, and it’s the time of the year to wake up to the sunlight glistening through the trees. It’s the time of the year to participate in many events and activities. On behalf of all ACM-W Europe committee members, we have been thinking about how we, as ACM-W Europe, can support our members better. This June, we had a physical meeting with our Executive Committee in Belgium, and our agenda’s most important topic was how to communicate well with our chapters and members. We’ll announce the new progress to keep our family active soon.
This year, we had our first collaborative event with ACM-W India, Indo-European ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: A Decade Celebration. It was a significant and valuable event for us because both regions are celebrating their 10th anniversary. We were lucky to have Reyyan Ayfer, founder of ACM-W Europe, and Arati Dixit, founder of ACM-W India, as our panelists. We will keep having such events with ACM-W India because collaboration spreads more word.
As we all know, ACM-W has started a new campaign in December 2022 and is encouraging all ACM-W chapters to partner with other ACM-W chapters from the same/different state, country, or region to become a Buddy. We are proud to announce that we have started that collaboration with both our professional and student chapters. The Trondheim Chapter of the ACM-W and The Greek Chapter of the ACM-W are buddies to work on academic projects together as professional chapters. ACM Bilkent, Turkey, and ACM-W ATU Letterkenny, Ireland, became our first student chapter buddies. We can’t wait to see the work of our chapters in the future.
I would like to thank all ACM-W Europe members for their continued support. As ACM-W Europe, being transparent and communicative for interaction is important. We invite you to discuss anything that can help us grow more because new ideas may bring further success. I wish everyone a great summer!
The theme of the conference was Computing Connecting Everyone.
The conference was attended by more than 250 participants of which 67 received participation scholarships. The three days of the event were packed with activities: 15 workshops, poster session with 50 posters, career fair with 11 boots, the hackathon with more than 50 participants and 11 mentors, great talks and keynote speakers.
Thank you to all the participants and organisers for making the event a great anniversary one!
|Event Dates:||26-28 June 2024|
In this issue:
- womENcourage™ – Celebration of Women in Computing
- Responsible Computing for Gender Equality Madrid, Spain, June 26-28, 2024
- Call for proposals to organise womENcourage 2025
- Telling our stories by Alexia Avramescu
- Telling our stories by Margarida Felício
- ACM-W Europe Social Media
- Announcements: Upcoming Deadlines for Events and Job Announcements
- Open Academic Positions
- ACM Awards and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines
Telling our stories – Alexia Avramescu
This month let’s hear from Alexia Avramescu. She is a bachelor’s degree student in Computer Science at Transylvania University in Brasov, Romania and attended womENcourage 2023 in Trondheim.
Her computer science journey “has taught (her) that passion can be found unexpectedly, and once discovered, it has the power to transform doubts into determination and obstacles into stepping stones toward success”.
Read the entire article on our blog.
Telling our stories – Margarida Felício
This month let’s hear from Margarida Felício. She has a Masters in Design and Multimedia from the University of Coimbra, Portugal and attended womENcourage 2023 in Trondheim. She has worked in two projects concerning the retention and attraction of women to ICT and STEAM fields at the university of Coimbra and talks about her experience.
Read the entire article on our blog.
The Beginnings – Dreams Come True
We are acknowledging the milestone of 10 years of womENcourage with a series of blogs from past chairs who organised this event successfully so far. Let’s hear from Reyyan Ayfer who is the founder member of ACM-W Europe and womENcourageTM celebration.
“When my colleagues ask me how it all started, my answer is that my volunteer work for women in computing started 22 years ago when I realized that the number of female students was decreasing in my department. […] I am thankful to the wonderful organizers of the subsequent womENcourage events and the steering committee of ACM-WE. Their enthusiasm and hard work made it all possible. The success of all the womENcourage events, hearing the impact from attendees, and witnessing the 10th womENcourage is very promising for the future. Especially, seeing the attendees of the first womENcourage taking roles in the leadership positions of ACM-W and ACM-W Europe is very promising for the future. ”
Read the blog here.