ACM-W Europe June 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:

AI For Good

The ‘AI for Good Global Summit 2019’ was held on 28-31 May 2019 at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Summit is hosted each year in Geneva by the ITU in partnership with UN Sister agencies, XPRIZE Foundation and ACM.

The AI for Good Summit is the leading UN platform for dialogue on artificial intelligence (AI) and aims to connect AI innovators with problem owners, to identify practical applications of AI to accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals of the summit is to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits.

Vicki Hanson, the CEO of ACM spoke at the summit, highlighting the role of ACM in engaging in professional communities and policymakers on issues of responsible innovation in AI.  You can listen to Vicki’s interview at the Summit here, where she talks about the ACM, 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award winners Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey E. Hinton and Yann LeCun for major breakthroughs in AI and Deep Learning, computers augmenting human ability, and AI ethics.

ACM-W Europe Chair, Natasa Milic-Frayling, participated in the panel session titled “Socially Inclusive AI”, along with Doreen Bogdan-Martin (Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau), Evans Woherem (Founder, Chairman, Digital Africa), Shamika N. Sirimanne (Director, Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL), UNCTAD), John Kamara (Director at Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)), and Ashley van Heteren (Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company).

The panel was moderated by Nancy Nemes, Founder & Chief Enthusiasm Officer of Ms. AI – Artificial Intelligence for and with women. Ms. AI is a European platform that supports women to participate, grow and win in the space of Artificial Intelligence. Ms. AI partners with a multi-disciplinary international team of senior executives and acclaimed thought leaders across business, academia, media, public sector, ‘think tanks’ to bring to life a shared vision: To enable 10 Million women in Europe with AI by 2023, in a quest to create winners of the digital era.

The panel session focused on how non-inclusive AI can hurt others by perpetuating misconstruction and discrimination at scale. This, in turn, hinders the ability to address real unmet needs. The panellists discussed the necessary action steps towards developing socially inclusive applications that recognize digital identity as a human right, promotes gender, age, and racial equity, and is inclusive. AI will have the maximum and real impact in people’s lives when the technology is accurately representative and equitable for all, and allow future generations to be ready to participate in the transformations ahead.

You can read more on Nancy’s blog.

Read more here.


womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019

This year’s theme: Diversity Drives Societal Change

The Sixth ACM Celebration of Women in Computing will be held in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy on September 16-18, 2019.

WomENcourage organisers are working non-stop to create a rich and enjoyable event. Now that the poster and scholarship deadlines have passed, we are happy to inform that more than 120 students submitted posters, and there are more than 140 applied for scholarships. The two multidisciplinary research tracks have signed up top speakers in two areas: “Shaping Conscious Cities” and “Artificial Intelligence and Health”.  The panels and workshops cover highly relevant and innovative themes such as Smart Cities, Internet of Underwater things, Women in Cybersecurity, Big data and more. Stay tuned for a very exciting program!

This year’s keynote speakers are Francesca Rossi, Sihem Amer-Yahia, Danielle (Sparky) VanDyke, and Donatella Sciuto.

Francesca Rossi – IBM AI Ethics Global Leader and Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research

Francesca’s research interests focus on artificial intelligence, specifically, they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making.

Sihem Amer-Yahia – Research Director at CNRS

Sihem’s interests are at the intersection of large-scale data management and social data exploration.

Danielle (Sparky) VanDyke – Software Reliability Engineering Manager, Google

Danielle leads teams working on the infrastructure & tooling to make Google’s mobile applications stronger, faster, and more reliable.

Donatella Sciuto – Executive Vice Rector of the Politecnico di Milano and Full Professor in Computer Science and Engineering

Donatella’s main research interests cover the methodologies for the design of embedded systems and multicore systems considering performance, power and security metrics.


Of course, all of this would not have been possible without our supporters.

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You can also learn current happenings about womENcourage on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin, and search for acmwomencourage on Instagram. Facebook 2019 Forum is also up and running for the participants of womENcourage 2019. Feel free to ask questions, introduce yourself and chat with others, make travel and accommodation plans, and most importantly meet new people and make friends before coming to the event! Click here to join.

Important Dates

  • Last day for early registration: 15 July 2019


Ada’s Legacy celebrated at ADA University

For the 4th year in a row Azerbaijan ACM/ACM-W Chapter partners with ADA University in Baku to host the Ada’s Legacy ACM Celebration in Baku. Over the past years, Ada’s Legacy attracted participants, women and men alike, from academia, industry and government sector. Apart from celebrating the role of women in computing, it also promotes ACM’s womEncourage Celebration and encourages participation from Azerbaijan. Now, at least 5 delegates represent the country at the conference every year. Last October, 3 female computing students from Azerbaijan also joined young researchers from all over Europe presenting their posters at womENcourage 2018 in Belgrade.

The Ada’s Legacy ACM Celebration is now an annual celebration started back in 2016 with Reyyan Ayfer, then founding Chair of ACM-W Europe kicking off motivational speeches from leading local women in computing. The program in 2017 included the screening of the BBC documentary “Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing”, subtitled in Azerbaijani with the guest of honour Prof. Jennifer Widom, Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering.

This year’s celebration program was expanded to 2 days and took place on 4-5 May, 2019. Started on Star Wars Day, the event featured stickers with popular female characters that promoted coding. Day 1 included the plenary session and parallel afternoon sessions with student research presentations, workshops and movie screenings. Day 2 hackathon was a follow up to the game development workshop from the previous day. Read more about the event here.


ACM-WE Social Media Highlights

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

The most popular posts were:

  1. An inspirational article, where “we hear the voices of 20 women weigh in on the question ‘is 9 to 5 possible for a woman in academia?’ Discussions are on academia as a way of life (as opposed to a 9-5 gig that can be turned off)”
  2. Impostor syndrome and the Clance Impostor Phenomenon Scale (CIPS) developed by Dr Pauline Rose Clance to see how you compare to others.
  3. The article by Elizabeth Churchill – Director of UX – Google, in ACM interactions, discussing fixes for imposter syndrome and adds nuance, describing different kinds of impostors and their behaviours: “the expert”, “the perfectionist”, “superwoman/man”, “natural genius”, “rugged individualist”. Which ones do you identify with?


The June social media posts are all about diversity. Like our ACM-WE Facebook page, follow us on Twitter (@acmweurope) or Instagram (@acmweurope) to get the updates.



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 here 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

  • Abstract submission opens: 6 May 2019
  • Abstract submission deadline: 1 July 2019
  • Poster and oral communication notification: 1 September 2019
  • Early bird registration deadline: 15 September 2019 

The organisers are looking forward to meeting you at the #AdvCompBio Conference in Barcelona this November!


Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • June 14, 2019: Hopperx1, London

Hopperx1 London is a one-day locally organized event modelled after the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). This immersive event brings together women technologists at all levels – along with leading companies from industry, academia, and research – to build relationships, learn, and advance their careers. The program includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, as well as workshops and talks by inspiring women from London WiT community, which will be split into Technical, Professional Development, and Community tracks.

Go here for more details.

  • June 17-21, 2019: Nordic IoT Summer School: Edge and Fog Computing

The Nordic IoT Summer School is a week-long intensive introduction to all aspects of IoT systems. Rich sensor systems and distributed computation allow computing systems to measure and interact with the physical world. These emerging IoT systems will necessarily stretch from edge and fog computing devices that connect to cloud servers. Challenges at all levels of abstraction—devices, software, networks, architectures, and applications—must be faced to deliver on the potential of IoT systems technology. Topics range across the design stack and network: low power VLSI edge devices, signal processing and control, security, algorithms, applications.

Learn more here.


  • June 24, 2019: DEBS Summer School on Machine Learning for Real-time Analytics, Darmstadt, Germany

Over the past decade, the ACM International Conference on Distributed and Event‐based Systems (DEBS) has become the premier venue for academia and industry to discuss cutting-edge research of event-based computing related to Big Data, AI/ML, IoT and Distributed Systems. The recent developments in Machine learning and its impact on modern data analytics will be the backbone of the discussion by distinguished speakers at this year‘s Summer School.

Invited talks:

  • Carsten Binnig, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Title: Towards Interactive Data Analysis
  • Pedro Casas, Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria. Title: Continual Learning over Network Streaming Data: What to Remember and What to Forget?
  • Maja Rudolph, Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI). Title: Time Series Modeling with Recurrent Neural Networks
  • Lars Dannecker, SAP, Walldorf. Title: Scalable Data Processing and Machine Learning Using Modern Container Technologies

The summer school will be followed by the traditional DEBS Doctoral Symposium, where students can discuss and obtain feedback on their doctoral work from experienced researchers in the field of distributed and event-based computing.

For more information, please go here.


  • June 30, 2019: Deadline for Inspiring 50 Europe Nominations

Inspiring 50 are looking for role models and trailblazers in technology and innovation space and is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. A nominee has to be either a founder of a technology company, C-Level in a technology company, a CIO, CTO or CDO of a company, influencer, academic or politician. The finalists will be announced in Q4 2019.

Learn more here.


  • June 30-July 5, 2019: SIGMOD/PODS 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The International Conference on Management of Data is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. Keynote speakers are Cynthia Dwork (Harvard University), Lise Getoor (University of California, Santa Cruz), and Chandrasekaran Mohan (IBM).


  • July 1, 2019: MIT Solve’s 2019 Global Challenges Deadline

MIT Solve’s 2019 Global Challenges are open for solutions by July 1. Over $1.5 million in funding is available.  MIT Solve advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems. 52% of tech leads are female! Learn more here.


  • 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.

Courses will be led by distinguished academics and researchers including:

  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates, NTENT
  • Jiawei Han, University of Illinois
  • Bill Howe, University of Washington
  • Natasa Milic-Frayling, University of Nottingham
  • Evi Pitoura, University of Ioannina
  • J.J. van Wijk, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Constantinos Daskalakis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 the link.

Only a limited number of places are available and will be offered on a first come first served basis with preference given to attendees who can participate all three days.

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

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

  • 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 12-30, 2019:   Informatika Feminale, Bremen

The University of Bremen in Germany will host the 22nd International Summer University for Women in Computing, the Informatica Feminale. Computer scientists and women working across disciplines are cordially invited to develop and submit course offerings. Topics from the broad field of Computer Science, ICT, and Informatics are welcome: theoretical, practical, technical or applied computing.

More information here.


PhD, Post-Doc and Faculty Job Announcements

  • Equalist  Project is looking for PhD researchers at University of Antwerpen, Belgium

As part of the European Future Arctic project (, an Innovative Training Network in the context of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions program, the IDLab research group of the University of Antwerp and IMEC currently have three vacancies for PhD researchers.

Deadline: Potential candidates encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. The expected starting date for all positions is July 2019.

FutureArctic aims to quantify how much carbon will escape from the Arctic in future climate. A group of fifteen PhD-students will study the Forhot ecosystem in Iceland, where a natural coincidence has provided us with the exceptional opportunity to actually look into the future.

The following PhD positions are currently open:


  • One Or More PhD Stipends In Cyber Security Testing at Aalborg University, Denmark

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one or more PhD stipends in Cyber Security Testing are available within the general study programme Wireless Communications at Aalborg University. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 August 2019 or soon thereafter, and the selected candidate can choose to be based in either Aalborg or Copenhagen.

Deadline: June 30, 2019

The PhD position aims at developing methods for cybersecurity testing of different Internet-connected devices with a particular focus on the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, etc. The project is funded through a number of smaller projects related to cybersecurity testing and/or training, so the candidate should be comfortable working with multiple partners.

You may obtain further information concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend, from Associate Professor Jens Myrup Pedersen, Department of Electronic Systems, phone: (+45) 9940 8771, email: .

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Apply here.


  • PhD Scholarships in Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

A public competition for, in total, 19 PhD positions at the Faculty of Computer Science is currently open, of which 15 positions will be fully covered by grants (17,000€ per year). In addition, students will have access to funding for attending summer schools and conferences.  Additional financial support is given to spend a period of 6-12 months at an international research center. The language of the PhD program is in English.

Deadline: 8th of July, 2019

PhD candidates are strongly advised to look at the three areas (listed below) which are the focus of research at the Faculty of Computer Science and to get in contact with their desired research area coordinators/supervisors before applying.

  • Information and database systems engineering
  • Knowledge representation and databases
  • Software and systems engineering

For detailed information on the call and application procedures, please go here.

For further questions, contact the coordinator of the 2019/2020 PhD Programme, Prof. Claus Pahl, at


  • Fully-Funded 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 refer 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”.


  • 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.


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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