ACM-W Europe July 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:


Gender diversity and women in software teams: how do they affect community smells?

41st ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, (ICSE2019) – Montreal, Canada, May 2019

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

Researchers from the University of Salerno, Italy, the University of Zurich, Switzerland, Jeronimus Academy of Data Science, and the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands studied the gender imbalance in 20 software engineering communities. 

They focused on the so-called  “community smells”, patterns indicating sub-optimal organization and communication of software development teams that can lead to unforeseen project costs, and conjectured that more diverse teams impact the number of emerging community smells. Examples of community smells, that are studied in the paper, are the Organizational Silo effects (overly disconnected sub-groups), Lone Wolves (defiant community members), Black Cloud (excessive information overload due to the lack of structured communication), and Radio Silence (also known as Bottleneck, where one member interposes herself into every interaction across sub-communities). Results indicate gender diversity and women participation are specifically relevant factors for Black Cloud and Radio Silence, the community smells related to the quality of communication.  

Preprint can be accessed here


womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019

This year’s theme: Diversity Drives Societal Change

Last day for EARLY Registration is extended to 30th of July. Let’s meet in Rome!

The womENcourage program is complete, full of exciting workshops and tutorials on topics such as Cybersecurity, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Gaming, Software Design, and more.

There are also several collocated events:

  • Atelier Art and Technology, organised by Zétema and Alan Advantage will discuss the opportunities that the technological sector offers in the artistic and cultural field and the development of new humanistic skills. 
  • Shaping Conscious cities,  the interdisciplinary research track 1, is organised in partnership with The Centre for Conscious Design, and will address the role of data analytics, artificial intelligence, and technology in shaping the future of urban innovation. 
  • Artificial Intelligence in Health, the interdisciplinary research track 2, will tackle important issues related to the adoption and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in health care. Distinguished scientists and health experts will cover current and future perspectives on AI and its application in the field of health.


ACM-WE Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? No problem. In June, in addition to announcements of current events and scholarships, we covered all things “diversity”.

The most popular posts were:

  1. Dr Jess Wade has written over 500 Wikipedia pages for women scientists to recognize the feminine figures that have made a difference throughout history. 
  2. The study led by Cardiff University and, published in online journal Sustainability, said: “Put simply, two people who have similar or even identical credentials and personal circumstances except for one being a man and the other being a women are likely to have different academic ranks, with the man having a higher rank than the woman.” 
  3. Danielle Morgan’s post about her own experience of how women need to know more, do more and be more in order to be taken as seriously. 

The July social media posts are about podcasts for women and by women in technology. Like our ACM-WE Facebook page, follow us on Twitter (@acmweurope) or Instagram (@acmweurope) to get the updates. 



Informatika Feminale and Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni

The 22nd Informatica Feminale, the International Summer University for Women in Informatics and Computing, and also the 11th Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni, the International Summer University for Women in Engineering will be held from August 12 to 30, 2019 at Bremen University, Germany.

Registration is possible via the following websites until July 20, 2019:

  • Informatica Feminale 2019 22nd International Summer University for Women in Informatics / Computing August 12 – 30, 2019
  • Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni 2019 11th International Summer University for Women in Engineering August 12 – 30, 2019

Both summer universities are directed at women students of all disciplines, levels and different types of institutions of higher education as well as all women interested in computing, engineering and technology and women professionals from all over the world.

The program covers around 50 courses: introductory and basic content as well as advanced and specialized topics on an academic level. A variety of classes are offered, including  materials, membrane technology, sustainability, 3D-printing, Internet of things, gender and diversity in technology development, immersive websites, modelling and data analytics, machine learning, bioinformatics, data privacy and security, micro-controller, robotics and technical infrastructures, database systems, programming, operating systems, project and quality management, moderating and presentation skills.


Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe


  • July 11-17, 2019: 3rd ACM Europe Summer School on Data Science in Athens, 11-17 July – Athens, Greece

Young computer science researchers from all over the world will have the opportunity to attend summer courses on several forms of data analytics and machine learning, including the interplay between advanced data processing and machine learning, visual analytics, social analytics and recommendation systems, medical analytics, spatiotemporal analytics, and ethics of data science. 

The summer school is addressed to graduate (MSc and PhD) students, postdocs, young faculty, and other academic and industrial researchers interested in the diverse field of Data Science. Advanced undergraduate students with the appropriate background will be considered as well.

More information is available on the School website.


  • July 15-17, 2019: Summer School “Human Aspects of Cyber-crime and Online Fraud”, University of Kent, UK

The Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) at the University of Kent and the Institute for Applied Economics and Social Value (IAESV) within Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University, will be hosting a *FREE* Summer School on the “Human Aspects of Cyber-crime and Online Fraud” on 15-17 July 2019 at the University of Kent.

To attend the summer school, register using this link 

Only a limited number of places available which will be offered on a first come first served basis with preference given to people who can attend all three days.

A limited number of bursaries of £100 are available to help cover the costs of PhD students attending the summer school.  

If you have any questions, please contact either Jason Nurse ( or Edward Cartwright (


  • July 15 to 17, 2019: ITiCSE 2019, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

The Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education will cover all aspects of educating the next generation of computer scientists, including but not limited to curricula; leveraging data and analytics to improve learning; broadening participation and diversity; and social and global challenges in computing education. The keynotes will be given by Kate Stone (Novalia) and Marian Petre (Open University).

The event is initiated by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), along with ACM Europe Council, and Informatics Europe, and hosted at the University of Aberdeen in the UK.


  • July 17-24, 2019: ACM-WE at the ACM Europe Summer School in High-Performance Computing, Barcelona, Spain

The 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on “HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications” is hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTECH). Accepted participants will spend a full week in Barcelona, attending formal lectures during the mornings and practical exercises in the afternoons. 

Silvio Micali, ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate and MIT Professor, will give a keynote lecture. Lucilla Sioli, EU Commission Director for Digital Industry and AI, will be present at the school. Dr Ing. Gerhard Schimpf, former chair of the ACM Europe Council Committee of European Chapter Leaders, will present the ACM Being Human with Algorithms initiative and the ACM student chapter activity in Europe.

Lectures will be delivered by:

  • Per Stenström, Chalmers University, ACM Fellow
  • Jesús Labarta, BSC, ACM – IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award recipient
  • Luca Benini, ETH Zürich, University of Bologna, ACM Fellow
  • Uri Weiser, ACM – IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient, ACM Fellow
  • David Carrera, UPC, ERC grantee
  • Mauro Olivieri, University of Rome.

ACM Women Europe will organize a panel on the importance of interdisciplinary research that the HPC community enables and a collective effort that is needed to realize the full potential through fostering diversity and multiple perspectives. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event in the coming months. 

See the summer school website for more information


  • August 1, 2019: ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR)

ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due August 1.


ACM Interactions is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due August 1.


  • August 18 to 23, 2019: ICFP 2019, Berlin, Germany

The SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming provides a forum for researchers and developers to learn about the latest work on the design, implementations, principles and uses of functional programming. Keynote talks will be delivered by Andrej Bauer (University of Ljubljana), Manuel Chakravarty (Tweag I/O and IOHK), and Emina Torlak (University of Washington).


  • August 26 to 30, 2019: ESEC/FSE 2019, Tallinn, Estonia

The ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering is a forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in SE. Scheduled keynote speakers are Joanne Atlee (University of Waterloo), Marta Kwiatkowska (Trinity College, University of Oxford), and Audris Mockus (University of Tennessee).


  • October 21-23, 2019: Call For Posters, ACM IMC 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The 2019 Internet Measurement Conference will include a poster session. This year’s iteration of IMC is different in that posters can be submitted to one of two tracks, including a 4-pages reproducibility trackTopics of interest include all topics listed on the general IMC 2019 call-for-papers. For details please visit the conference website.


  • November 2019: Advances in Computational Biology, Barcelona

The first Advances in Computational Biology conference will bring together women researchers working on a diverse array of topics ranging from systems biology to artificial intelligence. The conference aims at fostering collaborations between women scientists and provides an excellent opportunity for brilliant women bioinformaticians worldwide to present their work and share ideas about their research projects. The conference is organised by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the joint IMIM-UPF Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) and supported by the Bioinfo4Women programme from the BSC. 

You are invited to register to attend and to submit an abstract for consideration for oral or poster presentations, please see more details here.


  1. Learning from Biological Sequences: population genomics, evolutionary genomics, systems biology, transcriptomics, sequence analysis
  2. When Computational Biology meets Medicine: biomedical applications, mutational landscapes, clinical genomics
  3. Machines Speeding up Research:   computing, machine learning in the life sciences, imaging data analysis, dynamic simulations and algorithm development

The keynote speakers of the conference are Christine Orengo, group leader of Orengo Group at University College London, Natasa Przulj, group leader of the Life Sciences – Integrative Computational Network Biology at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Marie-Christine Sawley, director of the Exascale Lab at Intel.

The participants will also have the opportunity to interact personally in round-table informal meetings with females leaders in the fields of IT, academic research and politics that support the conference. To see the confirmed discussion leads, follow this page.

Important dates:

Early bird registration deadline September 15th, 2019


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 professor exclusively for female talent during the first six months of recruitment. Under European jurisdiction it is lawful to specifically recruit underrepresented groups.

Read more here


  • PhD Positions in Networking at Universitaet Paderborn, Germany

The positions are part of the Distributed Embedded Systems group headed by Prof. Falko Dressler. These are full-time positions, which are to be filled as soon as possible. The salary is according to the German TV-L 13 system (roughly 2,200 Euro after tax).

Deadline: Rolling, until positions filled.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the ongoing research activities in the fields of

  • wireless networking and protocol design
  • signal processing for sub-6GHz, mmWave, and VLC systems
  • network security in high-speed networks using methods such as protocol design, optimization, machine learning, simulation, etc.

For more information, please go here.

Successful candidates are expected to contribute to research projects and teaching as active members of a young team. 

Applications from women are particularly welcome and, in case of equal qualifications and experiences, will receive preferential treatment according to the North Rhine-Westphalian Equal Opportunities Act (LGG), unless there are preponderant reasons to give preference to another applicant. Part-time employment is, in principle, possible. Applications from disabled people with appropriate suitability are explicitly welcome. This also applies to people with equal opportunities in accordance with the German social law SGB IX.

Interested applicants should send a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, scanned transcripts and diplomas, and contact information of at least two references electronically to the email address using the subject line “PhD @ CCS”.


  • PhD Positions, funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ENLIGHT’EM

Would you like to work on a new disruptive technology that takes full advantage of the low-energy footprint of LEDs to design the next generation of Internet-of-Things (IoT) networks?

Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”, ESRs) to be funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ENLIGHT’EM within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. The 15 ESRs will become leading experts in a diverse array of sub-fields leading to the integration of low-energy Visible Light Communication (VLC) into the IoT. The ESRs will acquire and hone cutting-edge skills contributing to IoT areas such as connected energy, light, living and cities through a multidisciplinary network of experts from academia, research institutes, SMEs, and large companies.

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The fellowship will consist of a competitive salary of about €46,440 (before taxes) per year, with country correction factor that depends on the cost of living in the different EU Member States, plus an additional allowance in case of family obligations, and an allocation for research and training costs. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and depends on local tax regulations. The guaranteed PhD funding covered by the training network is for 36 months.

All applications proceed through the online recruitment portal.

Candidates can apply electronically to at most three PhD positions, indicating their order of preference. Requested application details include a detailed CV, as well as Bachelor and Master degree transcripts. 

The deadline for online registration is 31 July 2019. 

The selected candidates are evaluated and interviewed by the Recruitment Committee. ENLIGHT’EM is strongly committed to promoting equal opportunities and gender balance as part of the recruitment strategy.

ESRs are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their hiring organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

Key dates:

Deadline for online application 31 July 2019
Target starting date for ESR contracts  01 November 2019


  • Postdoc in Communication Networks, University of Tuebingen, Germany

The Chair of Communication Networks is looking for a Postdoc in Communication Networks (m/f/d, 100%, E13 TV-L) or PhD position at the earliest possible date. 

The research objectives and interests include network softwarization, resource management, resilience and security, machine learning for networked systems, Internet protocols, industrial automation, and Internet of Things.

Deadline: At the earliest possible date. The position will initially be offered for two years.

The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply.

For more details, follow this link.


  • RAIS (Real-time analytics for the Internet of Sports) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN)

RAIS (Real-time analytics for the Internet of Sports) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) has opened 14 funded PhD positions to provide high-quality research and training within a broad spectrum of cutting edge subjects that will advance Wearable Technology Block-chain Powered IoT & Real-time Edge Analytics.

PhDs under RAIS will have opportunities to progress their research and competencies under a strong programme which includes workshops, training schools, seminars, entrepreneurial events, and secondments at prestigious academic and industrial organizations in EU and USA (such as MIT, Berklee’s Institute, Cambridge University, Open Data Institute, EIT Digital, Kinetic Analysis).

RAIS network will establish an inter-disciplinary and vibrant research and innovation community and targets high skilled candidates.

Information for the open positions here.


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.

Recently ACM-W Created the Rising Star Award

March 2019, the ACM Women’s Council (ACM-W) has announced the creation of the ACM-W Rising Star Award, recognizing a woman whose early-career research has had significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by frequent citation of the work; creation of a new research area; a high degree of technology transfer; and/or other positive influences. ACM-W is establishing an awards committee that will solicit nominations for the award annually in early August. The winner will be recognized at a conference of her choosing, pending the approval of the conference program committee. The awardee will receive a framed certificate and $1000 stipend to be used at her discretion.

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

  • Senior Members – 3 March 2019
  • Distinguished Members – 1 August 2019
  • ACM Fellow –  7 September 2019

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit this website.

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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