ACM-W Europe April 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:


Message from ACM-W Europe Chair

Dear All,

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. In such difficult times we often see both the best and the worst in people. Fear and uncertainty can and must be battled with on a daily basis.

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…

Ruth Lennon

ACM-W Europe Chair


womENcourage 2020 in Baku still scheduled as planned

The womENcourage team is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The ACM womENcourage 2020 (conference, career fair and hackathon) is currently still scheduled to be held as planned. At the same time, the team is working doubly hard on various contingency plans with the international steering committee to ensure that the event can take place in a safe manner in line with guidelines provided by the ACM. The team  is committed to finding the right balance between the important scientific and societal mission served by womENcourage 2020 and the health and welfare of our attendees.

At this time, the team is looking forward to your contributions – poster submissions and workshop/tutorial proposals. See the important dates to plan your submissions accordingly.

The main themes for this year’s conference part are “Artificial Intelligence: from Algorithms to Ethics” and “The Big Promise of Big Data Analytics”.

The panel for “Artificial Intelligence: from Algorithms to Ethics” will be moderated by Gunay Kazimzade, a PhD student at TU Berlin. Her main research directions are gender and racial bias in AI, inclusiveness in AI, and AI-enhanced education.She was recently selected as one of the best Young AI Researchers in Germany. You may know Gunay from past womENcourage events – she was  a speaker in womENcourage 2019 in Rome. We are looking forward to hearing from her on the day.

Important Dates

Poster Abstracts are due
Poster notifications
1 May 2020
5 June 2020
Scholarships applications are due
Scholarship notifications
15 June 2020
15 July 2020
Workshops proposals are due
Workshop notifications
15 June 2020
15 July 2020
Registration opens
Last day for early registration
1 July 2020
1 August 2020


Call for Hosting Proposals for womENcourage 2021

Wish to organize womENcourage 2021? Submit your Expression of Interest by 30 April 2020.

With womENcourage 2020 organization well underway, we are now looking for proposals to host womENcourage 2021. The proposal process includes two phases: 

  1. Expressions of Interest to be submitted by 30 April 2020.
    • Notification of successful Expression of Interest proposal by 15 May 2020
  2. Full Hosting Proposals by 19 June 2020
    • Notification of the final decision on 10 July 2020

Each Expression of Interest will be reviewed by the womENcourage Steering Committee and followed up by a conference call to discuss the proposal. The teams that are shortlisted for the second phase will be provided with a budget template and advice on submitting the full proposal. The full proposals are due on 19 June, including the detailed proposed budget.

The template for Expression of Interest can be found here

Completed Expression of Interest 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.


Join the ACM-W Europe Communications and Outreach Team

We are always on the lookout for new talent to join our communications team. You will be part of a dynamic volunteer team passionately working to disseminate information of interest to our community. The team publishes monthly newsletters, regularly blog posts, and promotes relevant gender issues in computing  and celebrates community success in social media (Facebook, and Twitter).

You can work with us in any number of our initiatives:

  1. The newsletter: Interview community members, and write articles
  2. Social media: Help create social media campaigns;  expand our reach in Linkedin.
  3. Website: Help maintain a dynamic website with up-to-date community news
  4. Blog: Write blog articles, or work with community members on blog series.  
  5. Outreach campaigns: E.g., reach out to ACM-W chapters for regular communication series
  6. Wikipedia campaign: Help us create a database of women in computing in Europe and regularly draft articles for Wikipedia.

If you are interested, please contact us at  with a brief covering letter explaining why you would like to work with us.


Blog Article: System of Equations – Sabina Mammadova

One of the best things about womENcourage is its unique networking opportunity with women at all levels of their career from Europe at one place. So, given the unprecedented times we are in and having moved a large number of our activities online, we may as well meet people online! This month, a junior bachelor student in information technologies at Ada University, Sabina Mammadova, wrote for us about her career in computing and her thoughts on academic excellence. 

You may ask why the title of my blog post is System of Equations. This was the title of my speech in the Academic Excellence Day held each semester at the ADA University for celebrating the outstanding academic performances of some students.” 

Read more on our blog.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In March, we shared community news and also started covering technology trends for 2020.

Our most popular posts on Facebook were: 

  1. Our newsletter announcement on International Women’s Day. 
  2. Call for Hosting Proposals for womENcourage 2021
  3. womENcourage update due to the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic; and the call for posters

On Twitter, the top tweet was from our Tech Trends in 2020 tweet series. Alice Henshaw shares her story about how she became a Blockchain software engineer here

Our top media tweet was also our newsletter announcement with a picture of womENcourage preparations in Baku.  

In April, as we navigate our new realities, we are covering some amazing research initiated and led by women on Covid-19.  

Like our ACM-WE Facebook page, follow us on Twitter (@acmweurope) or Instagram (@acmweurope) to get the updates.  



Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • April 21: EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020

This prize from the European Commission recognises inspiring women in the field of innovation. Three winners will receive €100,000 each, and another €50,000 will be awarded to a Rising Innovator, who is starting out her career. Apply before 21 April via the EU’s Funding & Tenders Portal.


  • April 30, 2020: 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. The ACM Fellowships aim to increase diversity in these fields.

The deadline for applications is April 30. Each fellowship recipient will receive a stipend prior to the start of their first academic term after August 1, and will be recognized formally at the annual SC conference awards presentation in November.

Learn more here.


ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS) seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 30.


  • May 1, 2020: 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.

Nominations are due May 1.


ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due May 20.


  • Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines

ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The most recent SRC winners presented at SC19. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

SIGDOC 2020, October 3-4, deadline April 24, 2020

SIGGRAPH 2020, July 19-23, deadline April 28, 2020

MODELS 2020, October 18-23, deadline May 29, 2020

ICFP 2020, August 23-28, deadline June 12, 2020


  • June 29-July 3rd: HPC 2020 International Advanced Workshop on “High-Performance Computing – State of the Art, Emerging Disruptive Innovations and Future Scenarios”, Cetraro, Italy

15th edition of a well-established biennial International Conference on High-Performance Computing, one of the leading events in the field for the finest reputation of the Invited Speakers from Asia, Europe and America. In the five days long meeting, the most advanced topics will be discussed by Speakers from Academia, Industry, Research Institutions.

More information on the workshop’s edition 2020 “High-Performance Computing – State of the Art, Emerging Disruptive Innovations and Future Scenarios” is announced on For additional information please contact and


PhD, Post-Doc and Faculty Job Announcements

  • Irène Curie Fellowship, Tenure-Track Positions in TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands

As of July 2019, TU/e has launched the Irène Curie Fellowship. This program is aimed at talented women who pursue an academic career in our European top research university. TU/e will open vacancies for assistant, associate and full professors exclusively for female talent during the first six months of recruitment. Under the European jurisdiction, it is lawful to specifically recruit underrepresented groups.

Read more here.


For other openings in Informatics in Europe, see the Informatics Job Platform


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. 

Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations

The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is June 3.

To learn more, we recommend the article by the ACM President Cherri M. Pancake, who dispels some common myths about ACM Awards and Honors in the Communications of the ACM, August 2019. One of the myths is that the ACM Awards never honour people working outside North America. Prof. Pancake writes that even though nothing would make ACM committees happier than to recognise the achievements of people from around the globe, there are very few nominations. Therefore, please consider nominating for the Awards below. 

ACM offers a wide range of awards (Source: Dispelling Common Myths About ACM Awards and Honors)

Early Career
Mid Career
Late Career
Area-Specific, typically Mid to Late Career

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit here.

For ACM Advanced Grades of Membership, please visit here.


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


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