ACM-W Europe February 2023 Newsletter


In this issue:


womENcourage™ – Celebration of Women in Computing

Join us in Trondheim, Norway on 20-22 September 2023


womENcourage™ 2023 will take place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, on 20-22 September, 2023. The theme of the conference is Computing Connecting Everyone

Poster & Scholarship submission: 1 May 2023
Workshop & Tutorial submission: 1 May 2023
Registration opens: 1 June 2023
Hackathon registration opens: 22 July 2023
Event Dates: 20-22 September 2023

This month we are bringing to you some details about the origins of womENcourage. Eva Navarro Lopez was the chair of the first celebration that took place in Manchester in 2014. Check out our blog section to read about her journey and the first womENcourage event.


This year in Trondheim, Norway will be the 10th edition! Please follow the conference website for updates throughout the year and details for participants.


Blog Series

The origins of womENcourage celebration by Eva Navarro López

This year we are going to have the 10th womENcourage celebration, which will be hosted in Trondheim, Norway! We are so excited to share the journey we had so far and looking forward to bigger, greater and more exciting celebrations to come. We are acknowledging this milestone of 10 years with a series of blogs from past chairs who organized this event successfully so far. This month we start with Eva Navarro Lopez who is one of the founders of womENcourage. She is also an inspiring figure, so the article is focused on her story, the origins of the celebration name and much more.

Selfie of Eva with an artistic backgroundCould you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I am a passionate scientist and educator; born in Alicante, Spain, and Mexican at heart. I have always broken the boundaries of disciplines. I am an unconventional computer scientist, because I am also a control engineer, a mathematician, and expert in cyber-physical systems, complex systems and electrical engineering. […]

How did you come up with the idea of womENcourage? 

I proposed it to Reyyan Ayfer and volunteered to build the network with the University of Manchester as the first host. The name was the outcome of a brain-storming late in the evening in a taxi in Vienna at the end of the first meeting of ACM-W Europe, in December 2012. […]

What would you recommend to young people thinking of a career in computing? 

Computing can give you wings to fly, to do many incredible things. There are no limits, everything is possible. From robotics to medicine, from ecology to humanities. Computing is not just an area within a box, it integrates many areas of research and domains of application. The future of computing lies in diversity: of people, and ideas – call it multidisciplinarity, if you like. It is in your hands.

Read more from Eva on our blog.

womENcourage experience by Sara Pedersen

“My name is Sara Pedersen and I am a student from NTNU Norway, doing a bachelor’s degree in informatics. The most memorable activity from the womENcourage conference was for me the hackathon. It was my first hackathon and I did not quite know what to expect, but it turned out to be a fun and memorable experience. I would love to attend again next year […]

Read the entire article on our blog.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In January 2023, our most popular post on Facebook were:

  1. The blog from Lori Russell Dag from the Diversity Heroes series.
  2. The blog from Ihsan Kamil who attended womENcourage remotely.
  3. The post about Trondheim, the location for the next womENcourage.


On Twitterthe top tweet was the blog from Lori Russell Dag from the Diversity Heroes series, and the top media tweet was the blog from Ihsan Kamil about her experience at womENcourage.


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Announcements and News

Open PhD and Post-doc Positions

The Walter Benjamin Programme enables researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a location of their choice. The project can be carried out at a research institution in Germany or abroad, with the host institution providing support for the project.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is now expanding its existing funding measures for academics who have fled their home country by opening up the Walter Benjamin Programme with the aim of enabling this target group to become integrated into the German research system. In the current situation, this practical support measure for refugee researchers from all regions of the world is also an expression of solidarity with researchers from Ukraine as well as persecuted researchers from Russia. 

Deadlines: Proposals may be submitted at any time.

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, 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. Source: Dispelling Common Myths About ACM Awards and Honors.

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 March 3, 2023.
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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