ACM-W Europe February Newsletter

ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2018

Belgrade, Serbia September 2018

Join us in beautiful Belgrade, Serbia where the Sava and Danube rivers meet, for three days of technical discussions, making new friends and networking at ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2018!

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and one of the biggest cities in South-Eastern Europe. It is also a city of youth with more than 40% young people living in it. Belgrade stands between East and West for centuries and has a very turbulent history. Influences of many different cultures are still present in almost every part of the city and its spirit. The historic areas and buildings of Belgrade are among the city’s primary attractions. Annually, Belgrade hosts many international events, and it will be a pleasure for the local ACM-W chapter to host the next Womencourage conference!

Since 2016 AMC-W chapter is active in Belgrade. A small, but a very dedicated group of people with various educational and professional backgrounds is organizing Belgrade’s ACM-W celebration, different coding workshops, and lectures during the year. With a strong mission to include and support the development of girls and women in ICT, the local chapter is having a big plan for the next year, and Womencourage is certainly a great part of it.

Young Researchers — Don’t forget to apply to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Deadline – February 9th, 2018 at

Learn about the event from attendees of HLF 2017: Zaineb Chelly Dagdia and Deniz Kecik.

Around the world

23rd Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ACM ITiCSE 2018) – Call for Papers

Deadline January 15, 2018

Larnaca, Cyprus, July 1-4, 2018

Sponsored by ACM SIGCSE

Important Dates:

• Submission deadline for Abstracts(up to 250 words long): January 15, 2018

• Submission deadline for full Papers and Working Groups: January 22, 2018

More details are available on the conference website at

ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP)

The ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is an outreach program of ACM that brings distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government to give presentations to ACM chapters, members, and the greater IT community in a variety of venues and formats. Through the ACM DSP, ACM student chapters have direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry and academia.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Hugh French at

Google Sponsored Applied CS program

Looking for opportunities to code and practice your CS skills? Want to learn more about Android development? Google recently launched the Applied CS program, free online CS content that gives university students the opportunity to build Android games using important concepts from data structures, algorithms and other CS classes.

Google is looking for student leaders who are enthusiastic about CS education and want to help bring Applied CS to their community by facilitating the program. Facilitators help with workshop set up, logistics and support with troubleshooting in the classroom. They have created a training corner for facilitators to access training videos and resources to prepare them for running any workshop. You don’t need to be an Android expert – just comfortable working with others through problems, using Google and StackOverflow to find solutions.

Interested? Complete the interest form here.

ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing

Below is the list of European Celebrations as listed on the ACM-W Celebrations website.

Ada Lovelace Celebration November 17-18, 2017 Uppsala Sweden

LYIT-CWIC February 8-10, 2018 Ireland

RusCWIC March 1-3, 2018 Perm, Russia

ACWIC March 3, 2018 Ankara, Turkey

POLANDCWIC March 9-10,2018 Wroclaw, Poland

(to be confirmed)

ACM-W UK Inspire March 2018 Cambridge, UK

Ada’s Legacy April 2018 Baku, Azerbaijan

ENTER April 2018 Belgrade, Serbia

IPT Spring 2018 Madrid, Spain

WeEdR Spring 2018 Limassol, Spain

Wendy Powley, ACM-W Celebrations Chair is inviting all past and potential Celebrations Coordinators to register using registration form if they are planning a celebration between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. And please keep in mind that funding is not guaranteed if the event is not registered by July 31st, 2017.

If you are planning a new celebration before 30 June 2018 please register using registration form and contact Wendy Powley, ACM-W Celebrations Chair to inquire about potential funding. Only celebrations registered by 31 July 2017 are guaranteed funding by ACM-W. For Celebrations in 2018-19, registration and funding applications are due by 31 July 2018.

All Celebrations are expected to join Celebrations Facebook page

Contact Wendy Powley ( for any inquiries about Celebration support and funding.

ACM Award and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

Celebrating Accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe

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.

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:

ACM Fellow – 7 September 2018

Distinguished Members – 1 August 2018

Senior Members – 3 December 2017

Nominations are due 15 January 2018 for the following ACM awards:

A.M. Turing Award –major contributions of lasting importance to computing

ACM Prize in Computing –   (previously ACM-Infosys Foundation Award):   early to mid-career fundamental innovative contribution in computing that, through its depth, impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline.

Distinguished Service Award –  service contributions to the computing community at large

Grace Murray Hopper Award – outstanding young computer professional, based on a single recent major technical or service contribution

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award – theoretical accomplishments that have had significant impact on practice

Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award –  advancing new teaching methodologies, curriculum development in computing, or significant contributions to ACM’s educational mission

Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics –  recognizes an individual or group who has made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. The presentation of this award alternates with the ACM Policy Award

ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award – career contributions with breadth or that bridge computer science and other disciplines

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award –  outstanding contributions to ACM, in both value and degree

Software System Award – developing a software system that has had a lasting influence

ACM Athena Lecturer Award – celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science;   please note:  nominations for the Athena Lecturer Award are now open to all (prior to 2016 only SIG Leaders could submit nominations)

Please refer to the ACM Awards website at  for:

  • nomination process (“How to Nominate” and the online nomination form), members of the 2017 Award Committees
  • listing of past award recipients and their citations.

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit

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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