ACM-W Europe June 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:


ACM elects Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis as president

ACM has elected Gabriele Kotsis as President for a two-year term beginning July 1. Kotsis is a Computer Science professor at Johannes Kepler University and an ACM Distinguished Member. 

Among many other ACM conferences and workshops, in 2016 she co-organised the womENcourage 2016 – 3rd ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing in Linz, Austria and received an award in appreciation of her accomplishments regarding the ACM womENcourage conference series. Kotsis is a founding member of the ACM Europe Council, serving from 2008 to 2016. In 2014, she became an ACM Distinguished Member for her contributions to workload characterization for parallel and distributed systems, and for founding ACM Europe. Since 2016, she has been an elected Member-at-Large of the ACM Council.

We have contacted Gabriele regarding her tremendous success and are delighted that we will be featuring an interview with her in the July newsletter. She shared the following statement with us: 

Mastering and creating ‘computing machinery’ is fulfilling, fun and enables us to shape our future! I am thus convinced that it is essential that both men and women can participate actively and with equal opportunities in this process. Let’s join our efforts towards this goal!”

Also elected to two-year terms were Vice President Joan Feigenbaum, Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science at Yale University and an Amazon Scholar; and Secretary/Treasurer Elisa Bertino, Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University and 2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer.

Source: ACM.


Breath of Fresh Air: Diversity Heroes – Bolanle Ojokoh

Our world was temporarily united in the fight against COVID-19. However, recent events, including the tragic death of George Floyd has served to highlight that for some, the battle against racism has not changed. In response to this, we would like to take a firm stand.  ACM has a clear policy against discrimination and harassment. #blacklivesmatter

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.

Starting from this month, we will 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 Dr Bolanle Ojokoh, who is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria. Dr Ojokoh is part of womENcourage family, having attended the event in 2019, in Rome. 

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

“The tech community is trying to consciously give more room to women; this should continue. Women are particularly faced with a number of challenges such that there is the need to put in place deliberate policies that consider gender.  More initiatives that encourage, empower and engage women participation in tech should be created. ACM-W is a laudable one in that regard and this arm is doing a lot to bring women into the limelight. There should be more recognition and rewards for excellence. One important thing is outreach work,  especially North-South collaboration and exchanges, vertical attempts to reach out to the under-represented in developing settings, who are talented and would have been better contributors to developing the world if there had been more enlightenment. Improved industry-academic linkage, especially in the developing settings, should be more encouraged too.”

Read more from Bolanle on our blog.


womENcourage 2020 will run as an online virtual event

The womENcourage team has been closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. It’s now been decided that womENcourage 2020 will run as an online virtual event to ensure the health and welfare of our attendees. At this time, the team is still looking forward to your contributions –  workshop/tutorial proposals and scholarship application. See the important dates to plan your submissions accordingly. 

The organizing committee does not also want you to miss the chance to visit Azerbaijan.  They #ExperienceAzerbaijanLater with a special welcome pack offer for our international attendees, courtesy of the Azerbaijan Convention Bureau. Register for the event and you will be provided with an e-conference welcome pack on your visit to Baku within a year. The details are here

Important Dates

Scholarships applications are due
Scholarship notifications
1 July 2020
20 July 2020
Workshops proposals are due
Workshop notifications
30 June 2020
15 July 2020
Registration opens
Last day for early registration
1 July 2020
7 August 2020


Blog Series: Reflections on womENcourage 2019

This month’s blog post is From Gamze Akyol from Turkey, who graduated from Computer Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2019. Gamze is currently working on her MSc in artificial intelligence and robotics, and her participation in womENcourage inspired her into new research areas!

“It was my first womENcourage in 2019. When I heard the womENcourage event from my professors, my eyes shone up and I applied immediately. I was inspired that the event hackathon brings people together who want to solve ethical problems in technology and share their ideas on a common platform.”

“There is definitely a great need for studying ethical aspects of artificial intelligence. After attending womENcourage, I decided to work on AI ethics and fair models in the future.”

(Picture: Gamze – 1st person from the left – and her hackathon team at womENcourage 2019.)


On Wikipedia: Geraldine Fitzpatrick

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 Geraldine Fitzpatrick was accepted to be created.

We will continue our efforts in a year-long campaign. If you would like to join us in this effort,  please nominate women or directly write articles on Wikipedia about them and share it on social media with hashtags #CSWiki #ACMWomen.


ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee Issues Statement on Contact Tracing

ACM’s Europe Technology Policy Committee has issued detailed principles and practices for the development and deployment of contact tracing technologies intended to track and arrest the spread of COVID-19. The Committee makes the following key recommendations for contact tracing applications:

  • voluntary for members of the public to use (individual “opt-in”);
  • internationally interoperable;
  • subject to oversight by multidisciplinary committees of experts;
  • strictly limited in their use and data collection by clear legal safeguards; and
  • available for formal comment by the public and civil society.

Read the full statement and essential contact tracing principles and practices.

Statement in Italian.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In May, we shared we shared projects led by women to understand and fight against COVID-19.

Our most popular posts on Facebook were: 

  1. #ACM Elects Gabriele Kotsis as #President
  2. General Assembly is offering free workshops as part of their (Free Fridays) until the end of June. They have taken their most popular short-form classes and made them 100% free.
  3. ACM-W Scholarships provide support for women students in computing majors who wish to attend research conferences.

On Twitterthe top tweet was about poster submissions to womENcourage 2020. We hope you have not missed the deadline. 

Our top media tweet was about Gabriele Kotsis being elected as ACM president.  

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.


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. 

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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