ACM-W Europe April 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:


AI for Good Global Summit

The ‘AI for Good Global Summit 2019’ will be held on 28-31 May 2019 at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Summit is hosted each year in Geneva by the ITU in partnership with UN Sister agencies, XPRIZE Foundation and ACM.

The future will  heavily be influenced by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. With recent advances in AI, machines are gaining the ability to learn in ways that enable them to perform increasingly complex tasks. The AI for Good Summit is the leading UN platform for dialogue on artificial intelligence (AI) and aims to connect AI innovators with problem owners, to identify practical applications of AI to accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. AI innovation will be central to the achievement of these goals by capitalizing on the “big data” generated on human health, commerce, communications, migration and more. One of the goals of the summit is to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits.

Vicki Hanson, the CEO of ACM, will also be speaking at the summit.

Read more here and here.

womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019.

This year’s theme: Diversity Drives Societal Change

 The Sixth ACM Celebration of Women in Computing will be held in the beautiful city of Rome,  Italy on September 16-18, 2019. The celebration programme offers something for everyone. We invite all the students, faculty members, professionals and researchers to come to the event, take part in the hackathon and workshops, and attend the invited talks and research presentations. The participants will enjoy social activities, opportunities for networking and establishing new collaborations and hearing about exciting job opportunities at the career fair.

Come and join us for:

  • The hackathon – Through teamwork, work on new concepts and ideas and enjoy the collaborative and competitive spirit. Winning teams will get prizes. Hackathon participants are all eligible for scholarships.
  • The career fair – Meet representatives from international companies that have generously sponsored the Celebration
  • Keynotes, workshops, panels and interdisciplinary research tracks – Get inspired by presentations from prominent speakers. You will hear about fascinating topics and learn about new interdisciplinary research in Coding Conscious Cities and Artificial Intelligence and Health.

This year merit-based scholarships will be available to support registration and travel expenses for up to 100 participants. Find out how you can participate in womENcourage in the Call for Participation page.

You can also learn more about womENcourage on social media. Follow us to keep up-to-date with the preparations. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and search for acmwomencourage on Instagram.   Facebook 2019 Forum is also up and running for the participants of womENcourage 2019. Feel free to ask questions, introduce yourself and chat with others, make travel and accommodation plans, and most importantly meet new people and make friends before coming to the event! Click here to join.

Important Dates

  • Poster submissions: 15 April 2019
  • Workshop/tutorial proposals: 15 May 2019
  • Scholarship applications: 27 May 2019
  • Last day for early registration: 15 July 2019


WomENcourage 2020 – Call for Hosting Proposals

Wish to organize womENcourage 2020?

Submit your Expression of Interest by 15 April 2019.

ACM womENcourage Celebration is organized annually by ACM Women Europe and held each year in a different European country. It provides opportunities for women from diverse technical disciplines to come together and exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences. The Celebration is supported by several companies and professional organizations who generously donate funds and take part in the Career Fair, presenting exciting employment opportunities. womENcourage attendees take part in hackathon projects, workshops, tutorials, keynotes, technical talks, panels, and poster presentations and expand their professional network through socializing.

With womENcourage 2019 organization well underway, we are now looking for proposals to host womENcourage 2020. The proposal process includes two phases:

  1. Expressions of Interest (EoI) to be submitted by 15 April 2019.

Notification of successful EoI proposal by 15 May 2019

  1. Full Hosting Proposals by 15 June 2019

Notification of the final decision on 5 July 2019

Each EoI will be reviewed by the womENcourage Steering Committee. Teams will shortlisted proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal and provided with a budget template and advice. The full proposals are due on 15 June.

The template for EoI can be found here. The template for Full Hosting  Proposal can be found here. Completed EoI needs to be submitted in the PDF format through the Google form.

We look forward to receiving your proposal. Should you have any questions or require further information, please send email to the womENcourage Steering Committee: ACMWE_SC@LISTSERV.ACM.ORG.


Celebrations:  ACWIC Turkey, IPT Spain and the Upcoming ADA’s Legacy in Azerbaijan

ACM Bilkent Celebrated Women in Computing, 16 March

Reyyan Ayfer, ACM-W Vice Chair, shared with us news from the third ACWIC (Ankara Celebration of Women in Computing) organized by ACM Bilkent and ACM-W Bilkent Student Chapters was held on March 16, 2019. In this event, Reyyan also gave the opening talk about ACM and history of ACM chapters of Bilkent.

“This year’s event brought successful women and men from different backgrounds together with around 80 students. Bilkent ACM chapter leaders were proud to have their Rector, Prof. Dr Abdullah Atalar as the keynote speaker of the event. Atalar started his talk expressing his happiness in being a part of this event: “As a man in computing I am happy to celebrate women in computing.” In his talk, he shared his inspiring memories about the computers he was using as a college student at Middle East Technical University, during his graduate study at Stanford University back in the 1970s, and how he built the first microcomputer after his return to Turkey.

We also had several delightful talks. Asst. Prof. Pelin Angın (METU) who is a graduate of Bilkent Computer Engineering department, informed about the situation of women in computing in Turkey with statistics and presented successful Turkish women holding positions at the prestigious universities and organizations in different countries. Dodo Software co-founder and CEO Doğuş Güleryüz, who is currently a Bilkent student studying Computer Technology and Information Systems, shared his experience of being an entrepreneur. Moralabs co-founder and CEO Kamer Kemerkaya gave a speech about being a woman in the game industry. Dr Roya Choupani from Çankaya University talked about the issue of the low ratio of women in computing, and the need for a culture shift. Dr Can Kültür, BLIS Technology Director, gave a very informative talk with real-life examples about what the problem is, whose problem it is, what can be done for women in computing.”


IPT (Informática para Tod@s – Informatics for All) 2019 Edition, 28-29 March


Alma Castillo shared with us news from the Spanish ACM Celebration of Women in Computing:

“After the past three editions of the Spanish ACM Celebration of Women in Computing in 2016, 2017 and 2018, we are thrilled to announce that last March we celebrated the fourth edition of this fantastic event, Computer Science for All. This two-day event was held at the University of A Coruña and hosted over 100 attendees.

On the first day, we hosted a career fair and poster session. On the second day of the celebration, we had twelve talks from female experts in different areas, including two keynote speakers: Nuria Oliver, who spoke about Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for social good, and Sabela Ramos, who talked about where women in CS are and what to do to make they stay. We also had a round table about initiatives for women in STEM.

The event allowed for plenty of learning, networking and fruitful discussions. The success of this event gives us more energy to keep growing this community, as we are already planning the fifth edition of this wonderful celebration.”


Coming soon: Ada’s Legacy: ACM Celebration of Women in Computing at ADA University in Baku, 4-5 May

Ada’s Legacy is hosted at ADA University in Baku to encourage Azerbaijani students and professionals to participate in the womENcourage conference.  Currently, ADA University is gearing up for the 4th Ada’s Legacy event, which will be a 2-day event on 4-5 May with a hackathon on the second day. The agenda is planned around keynote speeches, sessions about the womEncourage conference and Grace Hoppers Celebration, student research presentations, and a parallel workshop on tutorials on the Day 1 and hackathon on the Day 2. We are looking forward to receiving news about how the event went.


ACM-WE Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? No problem. Here are the highlights from March, which followed the theme: “inspiration”. We have shared inspiring stories about women from all around the world.  Three women struck a chord with everybody and the Facebook posts about them were the most liked: The inventor of breakpoints Frances Elizabeth Betty Holberton, the designer of Apple’s icons Susan Kare, and the first woman to earn a PhD in the United States, Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, who is known for her contributions to the BASIC programming language.


Our top media tweet was the Youthtopia blog post. If you still have not read about the Youthtopia event, you can find it on our blog.

The April social media posts will introduce the European female distinguished speakers and people of the ACM. Like our ACM-WE Facebook page to get the updates.



ACM-WE at the ACM Europe Summer School in High-Performance Computing

The 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on “HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications” will take place in Barcelona 17 – 24 July 2019. Application deadline: End-of-day, May 1, 2019, AoE (UTC -12).

The Summer School is hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTECH).

Accepted participants will spend a full week in Barcelona, attending formal lectures during the mornings and practical exercises in the afternoons.

Silvio Micali, ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate and MIT Professor, will give a keynote lecture. Lucilla Sioli, EU Commission Director for Digital Industry and AI, will be present at the school. Dr Ing. Gerhard Schimpf, former chair of the ACM Europe Council Committee of European Chapter Leaders, will present the ACM Being Human with Algorithms initiative and the ACM student chapter activity in Europe.

Lectures will be delivered by:

  • Per Stenström, Chalmers University, ACM Fellow
  • Jesús Labarta, BSC, ACM – IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award recipient
  • Luca Benini, ETH Zürich, University of Bologna, ACM Fellow
  • Uri Weiser, ACM – IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient, ACM Fellow
  • David Carrera, UPC, ERC grantee
  • Mauro Olivieri, University of Rome.

ACM Women Europe will organize a panel on the importance of interdisciplinary research that the HPC community enables and a collective effort that is needed to realize the full potential through fostering diversity and multiple perspectives. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event in the coming months. See the website for more information. 


Communications of the ACM Apr. 2019 – Europe Region Special Section

April 2019 issue of Communications of the ACM  is featuring a Europe Region Special Section. For this special section, practitioners and academics from across the Europe region, not only European Union members but also Switzerland and Israel, helped select topics for inclusion. We are looking forward to reading the resulting collection of articles covering some of the most exciting activities in the region. Chris Hankin and Panagiota Fatourou discuss this collection in this video.

In this special issue, Panagiota Fatourou, Yota Papageorgiou, and Vasiliki Petousi also penned an article titled “Women Are Needed in STEM: European Policies and Incentives”, considering the main issues regarding gender equality in Europe. The article describes the EU strategy, measures and initiatives, and activities towards achieving gender equality, and their anticipated impact. The authors conclude: “Narrowing the gender gap in STEM fields has the potential to increase European Labor supply and market activity, make women (and men) better equipped to secure steady and well-paid jobs, and in turn reduce the risk of women’s social exclusion, improving both science and society as a whole”.

You can read more here.


Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • April 30, 2019: Deadline for ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships

If you are a graduate student in data science and computational science, you are encouraged to apply for the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships, an international program of graduate fellowships created by SIGHPC, ACM’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing, and Intel.

To qualify, you must be either currently enrolled in a graduate program or accepted to begin in one no later than October 15 of this year; pursuing a graduate degree (Master’s, PhD, or equivalent) in computational or data science; be less than halfway through her/his planned program of study; and a be woman and/or a member of a racial/ethnic group that is currently underrepresented in the computing field in the country where you will earn the degree.

Find out more here.


  • May 1, 2019: Nominations due for ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

The ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high performance computing applications, networking, storage, or large-scale data analysis using the most powerful computers that are currently available. The awards are presented each November at the annual SC Conference, where the recipients are recognized at the SC Awards Ceremony. Each fellowship is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000 plus travel expenses to attend the conference.

Candidates must be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at an accredited college or university and must meet the minimum scholastic requirements at their institution. They are expected to have completed at least one year of study, and have at least one year remaining between the application deadline and their expected graduation.

Find out more here.


  • May 4-9, 2019: CHI, Glasgow, Sotland

This year’s ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction will include workshops on crowdsourcing creativity; HCI and aging; human-centered machine learning; social robots; and more. Keynoting will be Aleks Krotoski, host of The Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast, and of the BBC’s Digital Human series; and Ivan Poupyrev, Director of Engineering in Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division.

Further information here.


  • May 12, 2019: Deadline for University of Klagenfurt, Austria MS scholarships

The University of Klagenfurt, Austria, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and the OeAD, offers 20 scholarships for bachelor graduates from selected countries (*) enrolling into a master program in either information and communication engineering (e.g., networks and communications, autonomous systems and robotics), informatics, information management, or mathematics.

Key facts:

  • 650 €/month for up to 12 months
  • One-time lump sum for travel costs
  • Waived tuition for the master program

* Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Further information and application here


  • May 20-24, 2019: RIPE 79, Reykjavik, Iceland

A RIPE Meeting is a five-day event where Internet Service Providers (ISPs), network operators and other interested parties gather to discuss issues of interest to the Internet community. The RIPE organisation aims to foster a diverse and inclusive meeting where all attendees feel welcome to participate fully. Initiatives include the Women-in-Tech Session, On-Site childcare, and Diversity Tickets.

Learn more here.


  • May 31, 2019: Deadline for applications for PhD positions at IMDEA Networks, Madrid, Spain

IMDEA Networks Institute ( is a networking research organization whose multinational team is engaged in cutting edge fundamental science. As a growing, English-speaking institute located in Madrid, Spain, IMDEA Networks offers a unique opportunity for pioneering scientists to develop their ideas. IMDEA Networks is establishing itself internationally at the forefront in the development of future network technologies and has already incorporated highly-reputed scientists ( Further information regarding the areas of research can be found here.

For more information see this website.

The online application form is here.


  • June 14, 2019: Hopperx1, London

Hopperx1 London is a one-day locally organized event modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). This immersive event brings together women technologists at all levels – along with leading companies from industry, academia, and research – to build relationships, learn, and advance their careers. The program includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, as well as workshops and talks by inspiring women from London WiT community, which will be split into Technical, Professional Development, and Community tracks.

Call for Participation and Scholarship applications deadline: April 12, 5 p.m. GMT. Follow the link to submit your application.

Questions? Email:


  • June 24, 2019: DEBS Summer School on Machine Learning for Real-time Analytics, Darmstadt, Germany

Over the past decade, the ACM International Conference on Distributed and Event‐based Systems (DEBS) has become the premier venue for academia and industry to discuss cutting-edge research of event-based computing related to Big Data, AI/ML, IoT and Distributed Systems. The recent developments in Machine learning and its impact on modern data analytics will be the backbone of discussion by distinguished speakers at this year‘s Summer School.

Invited talks:

  • Carsten Binnig, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Title: Towards Interactive Data Analysis
  • Pedro Casas, Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria. Title: Continual Learning over Network Streaming Data: What to Remember and What to Forget?
  • Maja Rudolph, Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI). Title: Time Series Modeling with Recurrent Neural Networks
  • Lars Dannecker, SAP, Walldorf. Title: Scalable Data Processing and Machine Learning Using Modern Container Technologies

The summer school will be followed by the traditional DEBS Doctoral Symposium, where students can discuss and obtain feedback on their doctoral work from experienced researchers in the field of distributed and event-based computing.

For more information, please visit this website .


  • June 30, 2019: Deadline for Inspiring 50 Europe Nominations

Inspiring 50 are looking for role models and trailblazers in technology and innovation space and is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. A nominee has to be either a founder of a technology company, C-Level in a technology company, a CIO, CTO or CDO of a company, influencer, academic or politician. The finalists will be announced in Q4 2019.

Learn more here.


  • August 12-30, 2019:   Informatika Feminale, Bremen

The University of Bremen in Germany will host the 22nd International Summer University for Women in Computing, the Informatica Feminale. Computer scientists and women working interdisciplinary are cordially invited to develop and submit course offerings. Topics from the broad field of Computer Science, ICT, and Informatics are welcome: theoretical, practical, technical or applied computing.

More information here.


  • November 28-29, 2019: Advances in Computational Biology, Barcelona

The first Advances in Computational Biology conference will bring together women researchers working on a diverse array of topics ranging from systems biology to artificial intelligence. The conference aims at fostering collaborations between women scientists and provides an excellent opportunity for brilliant women in bioinformatics worldwide to present their work and share ideas about their research projects. The conference is organised by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the joint IMIM-UPF Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) and supported by the Bioinfo4Women programme from the BSC.

Deadline for abstracts and talks: May 2019

ACM Awards and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

Each year ACM recognizes outstanding achievements of its members through awards that cover a spectrum of professional and technological areas and different stages of professional development.

Recently ACM-W Created the Rising Star Award

March 2019, the ACM Women’s Council (ACM-W) has announced the creation of the ACM-W Rising Star Award, recognizing a woman whose early-career research has had significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by frequent citation of the work; creation of a new research area; a high degree of technology transfer; and/or other positive influences. ACM-W is establishing an awards committee that will solicit nominations for the award annually in early August. The winner will be recognized at a conference of her choosing, pending the approval of the conference program committee. The awardee will receive a framed certificate and $1000 stipend to be used at her discretion.

Following the mission of ACM-W to foster women participation in the field of computing, ACM-W Europe invites the community to welcome and recognize accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe who made significant contributions through their technical and professional excellence.

Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines:

Senior Members – 3 March 2019

Distinguished Members – 1 August 2019

ACM Fellow –  7 September 2019

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit this website.

Thank you for joining us in recognizing accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe and ensuring they are nominated for ACM Awards they deserve.


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