ACM-W Europe June 2022 Newsletter

 

In this issue:

ACM-W Europe 10-year Anniversary

This May we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of ACM-W Europe. This journey has been one of growth and friendship as we build our member network. We have many events planned to celebrate our anniversary including a gala later in the year. However, it is fitting that the celebration focuses on our valued members. It is our members that have volunteered to support each other, and network together to promote women in all aspects of the computing field.

This month, we are highlighting Amal Mersni, who is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, at the International University of Sarajevo. She founded the first ACM-Women Professional Chapter in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo ACM-W. Dr Yeremenko, chair of the Kharkiv ICT ACM-W Chapter, who we interviewed in March 2022,  introduced Amal to ACM in August 2021 and encouraged her to try her best to empower girls and women from a wide variety of technological professions. The Sarajevo ACM-W Chapter came to life not long ago with a memorable event, the International Girls in ICT Day, which was celebrated for the very first time on April 28th, 2022 at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS). Amal says: “The foundation of the ACM W Sarajevo chapter inspired and encouraged us to create an environment where women can learn from each other and get emboldened about becoming computer scientists, particularly through workshops focused on developing academic and professional skills”.

 

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.

Event Dates: 21-23 September 2022
Extended Abstracts (and optionally posters) due: 25 May 2022
Detailed Workshop/Tutorials Proposals due: 3 June 2022
Scholarship applications due: 10 June 2022
Registration Open: 6 June 2022
Hackathon Registration: 25 July – 21 September 2022

We are delighted to announce the two keynote speakers.

  • Prof. Sophia Ananiadou, The University of Manchester

Talk Title: Emotion detection from social media for mental health applications  

Recently emotion detection approaches have been used to understand conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feelings, mood, and behaviour from social media posts. With social media becoming an integral part of our lives, people turn to social media platforms to share their thoughts and feelings. Automated emotion detection methods can provide support for the early detection and diagnosis of mental health conditions. The talk will present methods which are mental state knowledge-aware for early stress and depression detection from social media, showing that mental state knowledge infusion can select aspects of the speakers’ mental states. The talk will also cover the effect of gender in emotion detection, presenting solutions for measuring and mitigating gender bias in emotion detection.  

Short bio: Professor Sophia Ananiadou, a Turing Fellow, is with the Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering at the University of Manchester. She is the Director of  the National Centre for Text Mining (http://www.nactem.ac.uk/), the first publicly funded centre of its type in the world, and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Manchester. Prof. Ananiadou’s main contributions are in the area of text mining and natural language processing.

 

  • Dr Madeline Balaam, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Talk Title: “Invention from outside the mainstream”

For the last 15 years Dr Balaam’s research team have been designing, developing and deploying technologies that relate to intimate health, and women’s health topics. In her talk, Dr Madeline Balaam will argue that engaging with issues outside the mainstream – such as women’s health and intimate health topics – can compel designers and engineers alike to also innovate on interaction techniques and technologies. 

Short bio: Madeline Balaam is an interaction design researcher working at the intersection of intimate health, the body and touch. She is an Associate Professor in Interaction Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where she founded the Digital Women’s Health group at KTH which up until now has focused its attention on revolutionising the ways in which women’s bodies and women’s health issues are responded to by design and technology. She takes a feminist perspective to her research and brings with her a strong belief that design and technology can be used to make positive change in the world.

 

Blog – Telling Our Stories: Giulia Sellitto

Each year we meet incredible women at womENcourage™ celebrations. We ask womENcourage participants to tell their stories in blog posts. We continue 2022  with Giulia Sellitto,  who is a PhD student at the University of Salerno, Italy. She is interested in Software Engineering and she presented a poster at womENcourage 2021. She is passionate about helping other people and encouraging everyone to pursue their dreams, even if they seem impossible to achieve. She served as a volunteer in the Celebration this year, and she wants to spread the happiness that the event gave her.

“Happiness is only real when shared. As human beings, we always feel the need to share our emotions and spread our excitement, otherwise, we find something missing and our joy feels incomplete.

Today I want to share with you my experience and hopefully get you curious about womENcourage!

In September 2021, I was a volunteer at the 8th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2021. It has been a wonderful adventure! I had the opportunity to meet a lot of people, be helpful and enjoy the event from close up. I feel like everyone should seize the chance to volunteer at these celebrations, and here are some reasons why.

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

 

ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

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

  1. Our 10th anniversary post.
  2. ACM-W Europe 10-year #Anniversary – We will continue to thank our members throughout the year and in April we thanked Dorota Filipczuk, who is part of the womENcourageTM Steering Committee and has served as Hackathon Chair in the celebration for several years.  “It all may sound trivial, but growing within the ACM-W Europe community, from a student member to the womENcourage Steering Committee member, I got a practical lesson of leadership which I don’t think I would have got anywhere else at such an early stage of my career.” Read more in our April Newsletter.
  3. womEncourage video: Let’s celebrate #women in #computing while “Drawing New Lines in Science”. Join #womENcourage2022 in Cyprus and discover the island’s rich history and culture! Who can’t wait?   Watch the video to learn more about the host.

On Twitterthe top tweet was about womENcourage deadline extension. We are looking forward to your abstracts and hope you have taken advantage of that!

 

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Announcements and News

Google Summer Insights 2022 series for students

Registrations are now live for the Google Summer Insights series, for both technical and non-technical students! This program is committed to showcasing representation in the tech industry, and helping you to prepare for your future career. Learn more here.

 

The 4th Summit on Gender Equality in Computing (GEC’22)

GEC’22 took place on June 16-17, 2022 at the Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Summit aims at promoting gender-equal access to the computer-related scientific frontiers, encouraging and educating women and men in an equal way to achieve their goals and utilize their potential in digital professions. The goal of the Summit is also to celebrate and disseminate the achievements of computer professionals in a fair and gender-equal way. You can watch the talks in the Greek ACM-W Chapter Youtube channel.

 

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.

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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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