ACM-W Europe January 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 showcase the location where the conference will take place. Trondheim is Norway’s capital of technology and history: It was founded in 997 by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason and held a special place in Norwegian history and culture. Trondheim is home to more than 200 000 inhabitants and is the third most populous municipality in Norway.

In the heart of Trondheim is Nidaros Cathedral – an ornate Gothic masterpiece. Norway’s national shrine and northern Europe’s most important pilgrimage site. The cathedral is built over the tomb of Olav the Holy, the Viking king who christianized Norway and became the entire country’s eternal king. Nidaros Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace offer many great experiences.

The Municipality of Trondheim offers to all participants of the ACM womENcourage a concert experience in the Cathedral as part of the welcome reception.


Please follow the conference website for updates throughout the year and details for participants.


Blog Series

Diversity Heroes – Lori Russell Dag

As a community, we embrace our diversity; diversity makes us better, stronger. We cannot do enough to applaud all of our heroes in their diversity. They are people who are ACM members, volunteers or experts in their field.  We’ve been talking with a number of heroes about their tech career journey, their perspective on intersectionality and reflect on initiatives for equality. This month’s guest is Lori Russell Dag.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself? What made you choose a computing career?

When I began university, I wanted to become an elementary school teacher. A couple of years into the program I was looking for different challenges and I heard about a health informatics program at the University of Victoria. Although I did not have a lot of experience with computing, the challenge of the program appealed to me, and I liked the blending of technology with services essential to society. […]

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

You don’t have to be the smartest, or the most ambitious to make a difference. There is room for everyone, and each career may look different. There is not one way to be a computer engineer or to be involved in tech. Find what you are interested in and shape your career to look like that.[…]

Read more from Lori on our blog.

womENcourage experience by Ihsan Kamil

I am honoured to have been awarded a Participation Scholarship for ACM-WomEncourage 2021 and to have had the opportunity to present at the Poster Session. This was the first academic/research conference I’ve ever attended and if there’s one regret I have, it’s not having engaged more with the workshops and activities. […] If there’s anyone new to conferences and research reading this, I’d highly recommend interacting and engaging with as many activities as you possibly can, I know in the future I will. If you are thinking about attending the next ACM WomEncourage conference, I hope you can learn from my mistakes and make the most of this amazing networking opportunity!

Read the entire article on our blog.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In December 2022, our most popular post on Facebook were:

  1. The post about the aftermath of ACM-W Europe 10 Year Celebration.
  2. The blog from Eivind and Ferdinand participants at womENcourage 2022.
  3. The final year post with our Newsletter.


On Twitterthe top tweet was about the aftermath of ACM-W Europe 10 Year Celebration, and the top media tweet was our final year post with the Newsletter.


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


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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