ACM-W Europe July 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:


Message from the ACM-W Europe Chair

ACM-W Europe celebrated the pride month with a change of our logo. Our diversity is something that we would like to celebrate. We are diverse in our jobs from developers to operations, from technical writers to network engineers. We are diverse in our social and personal life. Our life choices make up an important part of who we are and that is something that we should all be proud of. Whilst we support our LGBTQ+ members all year round we used our rainbow logo with you as a show of support to our wonderful LGBTQ+ members. We invite our LGBTQ+ members to suggest an event or to write an article for our newsletter. Let’s make our LGBTQ+ members visible within our organization!

Ruth G. Lennon, Chair of the ACM-W Europe


Breath of Fresh Air: Diversity Heroes – Mashhuda Glencross

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. ACM-W Past President Valerie Barr’s message reminds us:  “While ACM-W has a primary focus on the situation for women in computing, we have long recognized that our focus is and must be on all women in computing, and that lasting change comes only when the majority change their attitudes and practices.

Starting from June 2020, we talk with a number of heroes about their tech career journey, about their perspective on intersectionality and reflect on initiatives for equality. In June, we met (online) with Bolanle Ojokoh. This month we have Dr Mashhuda Glencross, who is Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland. Mashhuda has previously served on a number of ACM committees; including as treasurer of the ACM Europe Council and Vice-Chair of the Council of European Chapter Leaders. She is currently a member of the Proceedings of ACM steering committee, an Associate Editor of Computers and Graphics and a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee. 

If you were to change something in the way we run tech communities and networks, what would you change?  

I would grow diversity among people in senior decision-making roles to help build a much stronger commitment to supporting the whole community rather than just a certain section of the tech community. We still have too few women in senior academic positions, too few on boards of tech firms and even fewer people of colour in these roles. Decision-makers need to mirror the rich diversity of our community. We all bring strengths, through different perspectives and these perspectives are too often overlooked. 

Read more from Mashhuda on our blog.


womENcourage 2020: Meet the Keynote Speakers

womENcourage team is working tirelessly to bring you an exciting program. The registration will open on the 20th of July, and the last day for online early registration is August 14, 2020.

The first set of keynote speakers will talk about the big promise of big data analytics. 

Nuria Oliver will present the Data Science to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic: the Valencia Case.
Since March 2020, Dr. Nuria Oliver has been appointed Commissioner for the President of the Valencian Region on AI Strategy and Data Science applied to the fight against COVID-19. This talk will describe the initial results of the large-scale human mobility modeling and computational epidemiological modeling.

Cecilia Mascolo will present Health Diagnostics through Audio Signals Collection and Analysis.
Audio signals generated by the human body (e.g., sighs, breathing, heart, digestion, vibration sounds) have routinely been used by clinicians as diagnostic or progression indicators for diseases and disease onset. However, until recently, such signals were usually collected through manual auscultation at scheduled visits. This talk will describe the initial progress in using sounds for diagnostics and the challenges this poses; and the effort to build a large-scale crowdsourced dataset of respiratory sounds to aid diagnosis of COVID-19.


Blog Series: Reflections on womENcourage 2019

This month’s blog post is from Shannon Laird, who was a student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She participated in the womENcourage 2019 in Rome. 

Getting the opportunity to attend this year’s womENcourage was amazing. It was my first womENcourage, and as soon as I heard of the event and its purpose, I knew that I needed to attend! I believe it is such a good idea as it allows women in computing to feel that they matter and recognise them for their talents in such a male-dominated field. At the event, I loved that there was a huge diversity of attendees. Meeting women from so many different countries, different races and learning about their cultures was so interesting. Attending all the various workshops over the course of the event was so engaging and really got me thinking of the true reasons why I decided to go into computing. Those who spoke at the event made me feel extremely motivated and happy to be studying such an interesting subject. I made friends who I know I will always keep in touch with and this was one of the highlights of the whole conference.

Read more from Shannon on our blog


On Wikipedia: Dita Přikrylová

In March, to celebrate International Women’s day, some members of our team started contributing to English Wikipedia with articles about women that are in computing, and from as many European countries as possible. We are delighted that the entry about Dita Přikrylová, the co-founder of Czechitas is now on Wikipedia. Follow this link to learn more about her successful career.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In June our most popular posts on Facebook were: 

  1. ACM-W Europe’s Chair Ruth Lennon’s post on pride month
  2. The scholarship announcement for ACM-W womENcourage
  3. womENcourage call for contributions announcement

On Twitterthe top tweet was Gamze’s blog on her experience attending womENcourage. Read it here

Our top media tweet was about womENcourage scholarship announcement. We hope you’ve applied!

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



Join the ACM-W Europe Communications and Outreach Team

We are always on the lookout for new talent to join our communications team. You will be part of a dynamic volunteer team passionately working to disseminate information of interest to our community. The team publishes monthly newsletters, regular blog posts, and promotes relevant gender issues in computing and celebrates community success in social media (Facebook, and Twitter).

You can work with us on any number of our initiatives:

  1. The newsletter: Interview community members, and write articles
  2. Social media: Help create social media campaigns;  expand our reach in Linkedin.
  3. Website: Help maintain a dynamic website with up-to-date community news
  4. Blog: Write blog articles, or work with community members on blog series.  
  5. Outreach campaigns: E.g., reach out to ACM-W chapters for regular communication series
  6. Wikipedia campaign: Help us create a database of women in computing in Europe and regularly draft articles for Wikipedia.

If you are interested, please contact us at  with a brief covering letter explaining why you would like to work with us.


Events, Conferences and other Deadlines

  • June 30, 2020:  Nominations are due for ACM TALG Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Algorithms (TALG) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due June 30.


  • 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 next conferences accepting submissions are:

  1. ASSETS 2020, October 26-28, deadline July 2
  2. MODELS 2020, October 18-23, deadline July 8
  3. ASE 2020, September 21-25, deadline July 10
  4. MICRO 2020, October 17-21, deadline July 17
  5. PACT 2020, October 3-7, deadline July 22
  6. SC20, November 17–19, deadline August 7
  7. SPLASH 2020, November 15–20, deadline August 15


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.


  • Two open faculty positions in Artificial Intelligence at KU Leuven, Belgium
  1. Junior professor in data science and artificial intelligence, with applications in combinatorial optimization. KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy in the area of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Combinatorial Optimization at its Campus Kulak in Kortrijk. At Campus Kulak, Bachelor programmes are taught in Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Informatics, Biology and Chemistry), including options towards pharmaceutical, engineering and bio-engineering study programmes. Hence, it is a very multidisciplinary environment, both from an educational point of view as for research. The successful candidate will join the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering Science, and develop research activities in the domain of computer science at KU Leuven Campus Kulak, relating to knowledge fields that interconnect Data Science and Artificial Intelligence on the one hand and Combinatorial Optimization on the other hand. More information is available hereApplication deadline: August 31, 2020
  2. Professors of Computer Science: Cost-efficient and data-efficient solutions for machine learning and artificial intelligence. KU Leuven has a vacancy for a full-time faculty position in the area of Artificial Intelligence at the De Nayer Campus in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. We are looking for internationally-oriented candidates that have both an excellent research record in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and industrial applications of AI, and educational competencies in computer science. This is a position in the multi-disciplinary research group EAVISE (Embedded Artificially Intelligent Vision Engineering) that is embedded in the Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence Section of KU Leuven’s Department of Computer Science, and in the Faculty of Engineering Technology. More information is available hereApplication deadline:  June 29, 2020

KU Leuven is committed to creating a diverse environment and is, therefore, an equal opportunity employer. It explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented at the university to submit their applications.



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. 

ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for HPC-Based COVID-19 Research Call for Nominations

ACM has established a special category of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize to recognize outstanding research achievements that use high performance computing (HPC) applications to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, including the understanding of its spread.  Nominations can now be submitted via an online submission form and will be accepted through October 8, 2020.

Call for ACM Senior and Distinguished Member and Fellows Nominations

The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 5 years of Professional ACM membership in the last 10 years. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is September 3.

The Distinguished Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is August 1.

Fellow is ACM’s most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. The deadline for nominations is September 7.

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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