ACM-W Europe July 2021 Newsletter


In this issue:



Join us at womENcourageTM 2021 and help us Bridge Communities to Foster Innovation


womENcourage 2021 is going to be virtual (coordinated from Prague, Czech Republic), 22-24 September, 2021. The slogan of the event this year is Bridging Communities to Foster Innovation. In an increasingly technology-driven world and a rapidly changing economic environment, the field of computing cannot reach its full innovation and creativity potential if formed of homogeneous expertise, represented unevenly only by a fraction of the population. To foster innovation, we shall stop compartmentalising scientific progress by disciplines and encourage innovation across boundaries.

Registration opened on June 1st, and the early registration deadline is July 20th. Register now!

Several exciting keynotes, tech talks, panels, workshops and tutorials are waiting for you in those three days. To learn how you can participate, follow this link to the Call to Take Part. 

We have introduced Jaya Balloo and Justine Saas in the June newsletter. Let’s meet the next two keynote speakers: Margaret-Anne Storey and Danica Kragic


Margaret-Anne Storey

Professor of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Research Chair in Human and Social Aspects of Software Engineering

Margaret-Anne Storey is a Professor of Computer Science and a Canada Research Chair in Human and Social Aspects of Software Engineering. She seeks to understand how software tools, communication media, data visualizations, and social theories can be leveraged to improve how software engineers and knowledge workers create, explore, understand, analyze and share complex information and knowledge. She cares deeply about improving diversity and inclusion in software engineering research and industry and is thrilled to attend WomENcourage 2021.


Danica Kragic

Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology

Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems. Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Founding member of Young Academy of Sweden. She holds a Honorary Doctorate from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. She chaired IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Computer and Robot Vision and served as an IEEE RAS AdCom member. Her research is in the area of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. In 2012, she received an ERC Starting Grant and in 2019 Distinguished Professor Grant from the Swedish research Council and ERC Advanced Grant. Her research is supported by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, EU and Swedish Research Council.

Important Dates

Hackathon interest to participate due August 10, 2021


Wish to organize the 2023 womENcourage?


You can still apply with your proposals to host womENcourage 2023.

In the first stage, all you need to submit is an Expressions of Interest (EoI) (The links for: EoI submission template; EoI submission form).

Submitting an EoI does not constitute a firm commitment to hosting. It is a first step towards a conversation with ACM-W Europe which will help you navigate the process of applying to be a host venue, by thinking early about what you need to have in place to fulfill the requirements to host the event. 

After, you will be invited to submit Full Hosting Proposals (Here are the links to the call documents: Full Proposal template; Full Proposal submission form)


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In June 2021, our most popular posts on Facebook were all about womENcourage. We hope you have registered and are as excited as us about the upcoming event.

On Twitterthe top tweet was about the womENcourage 2021 scholardhip deadline.  

The top media tweet was the ACM/IEEE Presidential Panel on Future of Computing – discussing pressing issues in computer science education and industry with Gabriele Kotsis, Barbara Liskov, Nuria Oliver, Forrest Shull, Moshe Vardi, Ricardo Baeza-Yates. Don’t miss it!

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


Announcements and News

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 POPL 2021. The following conferences are accepting submissions:


Upcoming ACM Europe Council Summer Schools: Save the Date

Europe Summer School on HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications. The 2021 edition will be fully remote. The school will take place 30 August to 3 September, and it will be hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS). Lectures will cover state-of-the- art architectures and software stacks for AI, and the design of RISC-V vector accelerators. Registration will be open until 15 July, and accepted candidates will be informed by 1 August.


ACM-W’s Webinar Series Celebrates Women in Computing

By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, Celebrating Technology Leaders, aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. The latest episode featured Women in Cybersecurity on June 9. Previous webinars featured tech entrepreneurship, UI/UX, data, and robotics. To watch the recorded webinars, visit the YouTube playlist.


International Advanced Research Workshop On High Performance Computing

Edition in person, Cetraro (Italy), July 26 – 30, 2021

Over fifty invited papers will be presented at the workshop with the aim to present and debate advanced topics, open questions, current and future developments, and challenging applications related to advanced high-performance distributed computing and data systems, encompassing implementations ranging from traditional clusters to warehouse-scale data centers, and with architectures including hybrid, multicore, distributed, cloud models, and systems targeted for AI applications. This workshop will provide a forum for exploration of both challenges and synergies that might arise from exchange of ideas across the many aspects of HPC and its applications.

Website for more details

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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, dispelling 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 honor people working outside North America. Prof. Pancake writes that even though nothing would make ACM committees happier than to recognize the achievements of people from around the globe, there are very few nominations. Source: Dispelling Common Myths About ACM Awards and Honors.

Early Career
Mid Career
Late Career
Area-Specific, typically Mid to Late Career

Upcoming Deadlines:

Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research: October 8; Doctoral Dissertation: October 31 (for dissertations being translated into English: November 30).

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 5 years of Professional ACM membership in the last 10 years 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. Candidates for Fellow must demonstrate a sustained level of contribution over time, with clear impact that extends well beyond their own organization, and have at least 5 years of Professional Membership within the last 10 years. The deadline for nominations is September 7.


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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