ACM-W Europe June 2021 Newsletter


In this issue:


June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Dear members,

During this Pride month, I would ask you to really think about the word ‘pride’. It can mean ‘self-respect’ or ‘delight and elation arising from a relationship’. This month I would ask you to not only be proud of who you are but consider how you can be a better ally in ensuring diversity and acceptance.  Diversity is and should be, very wide. The more diverse and inclusive, the better our workplaces and communities are. So consider how you can support diversity. One small act can have an impact on others. Reach out to that one person that you know is struggling to be seen or heard and has few people to help them. Can you help them regain their pride in who they are?  Encourage them to see their potential. During this month, allow yourself to become the sounding board for someone who needs it. Encourage a change in ethos in work. Change can begin small, but it has to begin somewhere. Change can begin with you.


Ruth Lennon,

Chair of the ACM-W Europe


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. 

Let’s meet the two of the keynote speakers.

Jaya Balloo, Chief Information Security Officer, Avast

Jaya Baloo has been working in the field of information security, with a focus on secure network architecture, for over 20 years and sits on the advisory boards of the NL’s National Cyber Security Centre, PQCrypto and Flagship Strategic. She serves on the audit committee of TIIN capital, a cybersecurity fund, and is also a member of the IT Committee of Sociale Verzekeringsbank. She is also a member of EU Quantum having been a member of the EU High Level Steering Committee for the FET Quantum Flagship from 2016–2017. Ms. Baloo is a faculty member of the Singularity 2017, where she regularly lectures.


Justine Saas, Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, UNESCO

Justine Sass is currently the Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Over the past 25 years, she has championed gender equality, girls’ and women’s empowerment, and the right to education and health at UNESCO and with other international organizations, NGOs and government agencies in Asia, Sub-Saharan and North Africa and Eastern Europe. Justine is currently co-chairing the UNESCO Global Education Coalition’s Gender Flagship, which is aiming to address the gender dimensions of COVID-19 school closures including through efforts to close the gender digital divide.


Important Dates

Registration open June 1, 2021
Hackathon interest to participate due August 10, 2021


Wish to organize the 2023 womENcourage? – Call for Proposals Open

The call for hosting womENcourage 2022 is now closed. The venue will be announced on 24 September 2021 during the closing session of womENcourage 2021. We are now looking for proposals to host womENcourage 2023.

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

  • Expressions of Interest (EoI) to be submitted no later than 17 June 2021 23:59 AoE, but earlier submissions are welcome and indeed highly recommended. 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. Notification of successful EoI proposal will be communicated via email by 2 July 2021.
  • Full Hosting Proposals to be submitted by 12 August 2021 23:59 AoE. Notification of the final decision on 1 October 2021. 

Here are the links to the call documents:

Expression of Interest Due 17 June 2021 23:59 AoE
Notification of a successful Expression of Interest proposal by 2 July 2021
Full Proposal deadline 12 August 2021 23:59 AoE
Notification of a successful Full Proposal by 1 October 2021


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In April 2021, our most popular posts on Facebook were: 

  1. The announcement of the call for Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is a global program that identifies and empowers the next generation of exceptional computing research talent. They currently offer PhD fellowships in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region. Details of the application can be found here.
  2. ACM-W Europe Chair, Ruth Lennon served as the academic co-chair for the virtual Grace Hopper Celebration for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (vGHC EMEA) which will be held virtually from 25-27 May. We posted an opportunity for ACM members to get free tickets.
  3. We announced  a 👩‍🎓TECH STUDENT OPPORTUNITY👨‍🎓 for Google’s Inside Look program! 

On Twitterthe top tweet was about the call for womENcourage 2023.  

The top media tweet was the call to take part womENcourage 2021.

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.


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

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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