ACM-W Europe July 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

Early registration ends 1st of August! Check here for more details.

An exciting list of Workshops and Tutorials are available for you, over three separate sessions. 

A full list of accepted posters is available here.

Thanks to our sponsors for this year’s event.


Poster, Workshop & Tutorial submission due: 1 May 2023
Scholarship application due: 10 June 2023
Registration opens: 1 June 2023
Hackathon registration opens: 22 July 2023
Event Dates: 20-22 September 2023

This year in Trondheim, Norway will be the 10th edition! Please follow the conference website for updates throughout the year and details for participants.


Call for proposals to organise womENcourage 2025

We are now looking for proposals to host womENcourage 2025.

The proposal process includes two phases (all the templates you will need are provided on our website):

  1. Expressions of Interest (EoI) to be submitted no later than 16 November 2023, 23:59 AoE. 
    • Each EoI will be reviewed by the womENcourage Steering Committee and followed up by a conference call to discuss the proposal. 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 fulfil the requirements to host the event. 
    • Notification of successful EoI proposal by 28 November 2022.
  2. Full Hosting Proposals by 25 January 2024, 23:59 AoE.
    • The teams that are shortlisted for the second phase will be provided with a budget template and advice on submitting the full proposal.
    • Notification of the final decision by 1 March 2024.

Check here for more details.


Blog Series

Telling our stories by Jakob Keller

Each year we meet incredible people at womENcourage™ celebrations. We ask womENcourage participants to tell their stories in blog posts. We continue 2023 with Jakob Keller, who is a bachelor’s degree student in informatics at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway and attended womENcourage 2022 in Cyprus.

“The case of the Hackathon was ‘software solutions for blending the arts with science’, and we had to present our work after 7 hours. The first thing my group did was brainstorm ideas, this was way more difficult than I thought, but after 20 minutes we landed on our idea. Our product is called colorMatch, and the idea was that a user could take a photo of a wall, or a room, and the application would search the database for a painting that would match with the colors in that room.

Read the entire article on our blog.


womENcourage past chair – diversity drives societal change

We are acknowledging the milestone of 10 years of womENcourage with a series of blogs from past chairs who organised this event successfully so far. This month we have Tiziana Catarci, who was co-chair of womENcourage 2019.

“I had the opportunity to cooperate with many volunteers (female and male) who strongly believe in the essential value of diversity and inclusion to create a more equitable, fair, and sustainable digital society, as advocated by the title of the conference: Diversity Drives Societal Change.

Read the blog here.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In June 2023, our most popular post on Facebook were:

  1. The blog from Mia Bjørndal, past participant to womENcourage.
  2. The post announcing the registration opening for the Indo European ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: A Decade Celebration.
  3. The aftermath post about the Indo European ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: A Decade Celebration.


On Twitterthe top tweet was the aftermath post about the Indo European ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: A Decade Celebration, and the top media tweet was the post about part of the program from the Indo European ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: A Decade Celebration.


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


Announcements and News

Open Academic Positions

Open faculty position at KU Leuven, Belgium: junior professor in Synergistic Processing of Multisensory Data for Audio-Visual Understanding

KU Leuven’s Faculty of Engineering Science has an open position for a junior professor (tenure track) in the area of audiovisual understanding. The successful candidate will conduct research on synergetic processing of multisensory data for audio-visual understanding, teach courses in the Master of Engineering Science and supervise students in the Master and PhD programs. The candidate will be embedded in the PSI research division of the Department of Electrical Engineering. 

KU Leuven is committed to creating a diverse environment. It explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented at the university to submit their applications.

More information is available here.

The deadline for applications is September 29, 2023.


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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