ACM-W Europe February 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:


ACM Announces New Members of Future of Computing Academy

The ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA), created in 2016, brings together talented young professionals from a broad range of computing subdisciplines and institutions—academia, research labs, established companies, and startups—who want to perform valuable services for the community while expanding their professional networks and leadership experience. FCA members are selected biennially through a highly competitive process similar to the nomination process for ACM awards.

From Europe,  Claudia Mazo, Leila Bahri, and Ella Peltonen were selected to the FCA. They have shared with us their career paths, and what they hope to achieve within FCA in a blog post. Read it here!


Blog Series: Reflections on womENcourage 2019

Starting from November, we are featuring a series of guest blogs from womENcourage 2019 participants. They share with us their career journeys, highlighting the challenges, the aspects of what they love the most, and the ways womENcourage inspires them.

This month’s guest blogger is Elif Akeli, a PhD student at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey

“I started my professional journey six years ago. During this time I have worked as both a software developer and a member of the academic staff at the university. I have been fortunate to have a taste of both career paths: industry and academic.

…From the research perspective, I feel engaged and fully absorbed when reading a new publication or testing a new algorithm. Doing research fulfills me. On the other hand, from the teaching assistant perspective, I enjoy working with students who come up with creative ideas and different points of view, for instance, about a specific algorithm. I also like to see how my contribution helps them grow and broaden their knowledge.

…I do not want to say that there is no problem at all with gender imbalance in computing, but I think that self-confidence is a key factor. We should stop comparing ourselves with our male counterparts and keep following our goals.

…Next year, ACM womENcourage will be organized in Baku, Azerbaijan, so get ready to submit your posters! And don’t do like me: I’ve not heard about womENcourage until the last day of the application…”

Read more from Elif on our blog.


ACM-W March Wikipedia Campaign

In March, to celebrate International Women’s day, we will start a Wikipedia campaign where we will aim to add one Wikipedia article each day.  Our goal is to write about women in computing from as many European countries as possible. This is why we want to be clear about our objectives: This is not a “Top Women in CS list”. If you would like to join us in this effort,  please nominate women or directly write articles on Wikipedia about them and share it on social media with hashtags #CSWiki  #ACMWomen.

Do not miss us on social media to learn about the campaign and also nominate women you would like featured. Like our ACM-WE Facebook page, follow us on Twitter (@acmweurope) or Instagram (@acmweurope) to get the updates.

(Image source: Samantha (Wiki Ed) [CC BY-SA])


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

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

Our most popular posts on Facebook were: 

  1. The news that Ruth Lennon has been elected new ACM-W Europe #Chair.
  2. Open positions at Edinburgh University. We hope that some of you were able to apply. 
  3. Women of VR – 35 Ladies Who Are Killing It In Virtual Reality

On Twitterthe top tweet was the scholarship announcement for a PhD-level research position in Computing Science at the University of Glasgow.

Our top media tweet was the January blog post from the series ‘My Journey in Technology’ by Vishnu Manasa Devagiri. She is a first-year PhD student in Computer Science at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. Read it here

In February, we will cover new technology trends, and what they mean from a female perspective. 



Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • February 17: Call for Contributions – Informatica Feminale 2020, Bremen University, Germany

The University of Bremen, Germany, invites women experts in computer science/informatics to contribute to the 23rd Informatica Feminale. The international summer university for women in computing will take place at Bremen University in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science from August 10 to August 22, 2020. The Call for Contributions 2020 is open: course offers can be submitted until February 17, 2020.

Every year, Informatica Feminale offers compact teaching in informatics/computer science for women students of all types of universities and colleges as well as for women professionals interested in further training. Computer scientists and women working interdisciplinarily are cordially invited to develop and submit course offerings. Topics from the broad field of ICT are welcome: theoretical, practical, technical or applied computing. 

*** Focus 2020? Boundaries of the Body ***

(Women’s) Bodies are sites of technological developments. Boundaries and limits become increasingly blurred: either through the optimization of health parameters, or the digital and technical enhancement of the body, up to the unregulated collection of body-related data, and the bodies suffering the consequences of technology-based warfare. The Summer University 2020 wants to give space and time for critical reflections and highly welcomes experimental debates on the relations of technological knowledge and developments in societies. The organisers especially invite teaching offers, which deal with applications of technical know-how in spaces for work and life (for example within care, education, health, food, household, mobility, social networking, publicity, sports, militarization, etc.) from feminist perspectives.

Submissions for courses, panels, workshops, and talks on topics such as gender, equality, technology and ethics are highly welcome.

Further information and the application form can be found here.


  • February 20: Deadline for Young Researchers to Apply for 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 20-25, 2020 

ACM encourages young computer scientists and mathematicians from all over the world to apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally meet the winners of the most prestigious prizes in their fields. For one week, recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award and the ACM Prize in Computing (Computer Science), the Abel Prize (Mathematics), the Fields Medal (Mathematics), and the Nevanlinna Prize (Mathematical Aspects of Information Science) will engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany. Applications will open November 14.


  • March 9-13: DATE 2020, Grenoble, France

This year’s Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE conference will address memories for emerging applications, architectures for emerging technologies, hardware security, and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Philippe Magarshack (ST Microelectronics), Luca Benini (ETH Zurich and University of Bologna), Catherine Schuman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Jim Tung (MathWorks) and Joachim Schultze (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases).


  • March 15: Nominations Deadline for Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) 

ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due March 15. For more information please visit the TODAES nominations page.


  • 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:

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

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


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.


  • Other

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. 

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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