ACM-W Europe August 2021 Newsletter


In this issue:


womENcourageTM 2021- Bridging Communities to Foster Innovation

We hope you are as excited as we are as we count down to womENcourage 2021 – virtual (coordinated from Prague, Czech Republic)- between 22-24 September 2021. 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.

Several exciting keynotes, tech talks, panels, workshops and tutorials are waiting for you in those three days. To learn how you can participate, follow this link to the Call to Take Part. 



womENcourageTM 2021 Hackathon Challenge

Anyone who has an interest in technology can attend a hackathon to learn, build and share their creations in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Do you want to improve your creativity, meet inspirational people, acquire knowledge and present the outcome of your team effort in front of the audience all in one day? 

Join the womENcourage 2021 Hackathon challenge and show everyone your amazing creations! womEncourage hackathon page has all the information you need, apply by Aug 31st for early bird registration.

Your hackathon team

Your hackathon team are the wITches – Members of the student club formed by women studying at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at CTU in Prague. They love to teach kids and the public about the beauty of IT, programming, robots and fundamentals of electrical circuits. If you have any questions you can contact them via email witches at


Wish to organize the 2023 womENcourage?


You can still apply with your proposals to host womENcourage 2023.

In the first stage, all you need to submit is an Expressions of Interest (EoI) (The links for: EoI submission template; EoI submission form).

Submitting an EoI does not constitute a firm commitment to hosting. It is a first step towards a conversation with ACM-W Europe which will help you navigate the process of applying to be a host venue, by thinking early about what you need to have in place to fulfill the requirements to host the event. 

After, you will be invited to submit Full Hosting Proposals (Here are the links to the call documents: Full Proposal template; Full Proposal submission form)


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In July 2021, our most popular posts on Facebook were about womENcourage, our newsletter and job openings at Brunel. We aim to highlight job opportunities in institutions that demonstrate commitment to further increase the proportion of women in the workplace.

On Twitterthe top tweets were all about womENcourage 2021! Join us at this exciting event, do not miss it!

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


Announcements and News

ByteCast Episode 18: Mounia Lalmas, Director of Research and Head of Tech Research in Personalization at Spotify

In the 18th episode of ACM ByteCast, Rashmi Mohan hosts Mounia Lalmas, Director of Research and Head of Tech Research in Personalization at Spotify, leading a team of researchers in content personalization and discovery. Prior to that, she was Director of Research at Yahoo London. She also holds an Honorary Professorship at University College London. Mounia’s work focuses on studying user engagement in areas such as native advertising, digital media, social media, and search, and now audio (music and talk). She is a frequent conference speaker, author, and organizer whose research has appeared at many ACM (and other) conferences, including CIKM, RecSys, SIGIR, SIGKDD, UMAP, WSDM, WWW, and more.

In the podcast, Mounia talks about being a young student growing up in Algeria, her love for mathematical abstraction, and her passion for evaluation and user engagement. Mounia and Rashmi also discuss the differences between academic and industrial research, the important role conferences and networking play in computing research, and what excites her most in the fields of personalization research and information retrieval.

The podcast is available in the ACM Learning Center,


Discover the latest ‘ACM Selects’, Shortlists of Learning Resources Curated by Experts

ACM Selects are themed shortlists curated by subject matter experts for both serious and emerging computing professionals, with the goal of providing new ways to discover relevant resources, either through ACM or authenticated by ACM-affiliated specialists. The latest Select covers People in Computing #7: Women in Hardware and Programming Languages.


Celebrating Technology Leaders, Episode 7: ‘Tech Returnships for Women’, August 18

By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, Celebrating Technology Leaders, aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. The next episode features “Tech Returnships for Women” on August 18; register here. Previous webinars featured tech entrepreneurship, UI/UX, data, robotics and cybersecurity. To watch the recorded webinars, visit the YouTube playlist.


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. 

To learn more about awards, we recommend the article by the ACM President Cherri M. Pancake, dispelling 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 honor people working outside North America. Prof. Pancake writes that even though nothing would make ACM committees happier than to recognize the achievements of people from around the globe, there are very few nominations. Source: Dispelling Common Myths About ACM Awards and Honors.

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

Upcoming Deadlines:

Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research: October 8; Doctoral Dissertation: October 31 (for dissertations being translated into English: November 30).

The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 5 years of Professional ACM membership in the last 10 years. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is September 3.

Fellow is ACM’s most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Candidates for Fellow must demonstrate a sustained level of contribution over time, with clear impact that extends well beyond their own organization, and have at least 5 years of Professional Membership within the last 10 years. The deadline for nominations is September 7.

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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