ACM-W Europe July 2022 Newsletter


In this issue:

Rukiye Altin is the new ACM-W Europe Chair

Congratulations to Rukiye Altin, who has been elected new ACM-W Europe Chair.  Rukiye is a Postdoc Researcher at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany. Her research interests include computer science education, computational thinking, information ethics and educational technology. Rukiye worked for 10 years as a CS teacher at K-12 level and she earned a PhD degree in the field of Computer Science Education. She has been volunteering for ACM-W since 2007.  She was the past ACM-W Europe Vice.  Rukiye has a big passion for gender equality in informatics as she is actively taking the role in projects related to diversity in informatics and volunteering to spread the works of ACM-W to other regions.  Rukiye is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery and a member of ACM SIGCSE and CSTA.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ruth Lennon for her leadership and wish her good luck with her new role as ACM-W Global Chair.


womENcourage – Celebration of Women in Computing

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2024

It’s this time of the year when we are opening a call for hosting womENcourage 2024.

Here is the timeline:

EoI submission deadline: 10 November 2022 23:59 AoE

Notification of a successful EoI: by 28 November 2022

Full Proposal deadline: 26 January 2023 23:59 AoE

Notification of a successful Proposal: by 1 March 2023

More details here.

2022 in Larnaka, Cyprus

In 2022, womENcourageTM invites the Arts to join our celebration! The theme of this year’s celebration is  “Drawing New Lines in Science”. This year’s ACM womENcourage 2022 recognises that both the Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) share a focus on creative thinking, problem-solving and experiential, immersive learning. We are celebrating ways in which the Arts relate to STEM, often referred to as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). The venue for womENcourage 2022 will be the campus of the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus). Find out more and take a virtual tour of the campus here.

Consider participating in the womENcourage Hackathon, which is an exciting, full-day event where teams race to create a functional prototype to offer a technological solution to a real-life problem. Everyone with an interest in technology can attend the hackathon to learn, build and share their creations in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science to run in this “innovation marathon”. In case you need some help, there will be mentors who can provide support and help you build your project.

If you are not convinced, read from Lena Stempfle on our blog.

Before attending my first hackathon within the womENcourage  Conference, I mainly thought it is only about coding. However, it is much more than that and has been an amazing experience. In the following, I want to describe some of my learnings and impressions since that hackathon will certainly not be my last.

Join the womENcourage 2022 Hackathon Challenge and show everyone your amazing creations! For more information  visit the womENcourage site. 

Event Dates: 21-23 September 2022
Registration Open: 6 June 2022
Hackathon Registration: 25 July – 21 September 2022


Blog – Telling Our Stories: Tina Marjanow

Each year we meet incredible women at womENcourage™ celebrations. We ask womENcourage participants to tell their stories in blog posts. We continue 2022 with Tina Marjanow, who was in the final year of MSc. in Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit (VU) and University of Amsterdam (UvA) when she participated in the event.

I left the conference knowing not only what is happening on the front lines of research and industry but also full of ideas about how to unwind after a long day of research and how to approach the next steps I want to make in my career. The cherry on top was the always positive and flexible volunteer chair that guided us through the whole process.

Read why you should join us at womENcourage from Tina on our blog.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

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

  1. 1st ACM Celebration of Women in Computing, The event will be held yearly to support women in Africa. As we are looking forward to next year’s event, we invite applicants to serve on the organizing committee. If you are interested in this opportunity, please e-mail africacwic at acm dot org. 
  2. womENcourage keynote speaker announcements
  3. Telling our stories blog by Giulia Sellitto. Read her brilliant post here. 


On Twitterthe top tweets were about womENcourage keynote speaker announcements, and the tweet about the 1st ACM Celebration of Women in Computing. We are so happy to see that you were as excited as us about these news!


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


Announcements and News

ACM-W Regional Activities Co-Chair – Apply by July 31

ACM-W is seeking applicants for the next Regional Activities Co-Chair. Come join us and be part of an energetic team of leaders for an organization supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in computing around the world.
If interested, visit the link below for details and instructions for applying.

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.

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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