ACM-W Europe March Newsletter

ACM Celebration of Women in Computing key dates announced!

The first deadline for womENcourage 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia is for Poster Abstracts which are due May 1.

Mark these dates on your calendar. Get your poster abstract ready.

Poster abstracts due May 1, 2018
Notification of accepted posters June 8, 2018
Scholarship applications due June 15, 2018

Registrations Open June 15, 2018

Final poster abstracts due June 30, 2018
Notification of scholarship acceptance July 15, 2018
End of Early Registration Aug 30, 2018

Poster pdf due Sept 1 , 2018
End of Online Registration Sept 25, 2018

Be sure to follow ACM-W Europe and womENcourage on social media so that you stay informed.

Around the World

CHI 2018 Diversity Champion Awards nomination

Deadline March 17, 2018

Apply here

The CHI 2018 Diversity Champion awards are presented to individuals in recognition of their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within ACM SIGCHI communities and the field of human-computer interaction. This award celebrates and honours individuals for their innovative and committed efforts towards social equity through affirmative action in their respective professions. All nominees must demonstrate a strong dedication to social equity initiatives, regularly advocate for the full inclusion of people of marginalized identities, and continually strive to innovate effective methods to bring diversity to ACM SIGCHI communities and HCI as a field. This award will be hosted at the Diversity and Inclusion Lunch at CHI 2018.

ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing

Coming ACM Celebration in Spain: April 19-20 2018

For the third time, Informatics For All (Informática Para Tod@s, IPT) is happening! Join us this April in Madrid to celebrate Spanish-speaking women in computing. All genders invited, from or living anywhere. We will listen to role models in the field and mingle. Very inspiring speakers of all ages will not only share their work and advice but also their drive and their enthusiasm.

How can you participate? Registration is free and will open on now! Would you like to share your work? You still have a chance to submit your poster. The deadline is March 11 and we have a guide for you if you are unsure of how to create your submission. Besides original work, it is possible to submit already published work or project ideas if you would like to look for collaborators during the event.

What if you can’t afford to attend? There are travel grants available to support your trip. And if you need a certificate of attendance, it is possible to get one after the event. Check all info at

Above all, IPT is a networking event. It was created by a group of volunteers who wanted to give more visibility to the achievements of women in the Spanish-speaking world. Our group has done nothing but grow since we started in 2016. This year, we’d love to meet YOU! Grab your ticket here and drop us a line for any questions to Social media user? Check our Facebook and Twitter!

Ada’s Legacy to be celebrated again in Azerbaijan: April 14, 2018

For the third year in a row Azerbaijan ACM/ACM-W Chapter partners with ADA University to host the ACM Celebration of Women in Computing in Baku. This now annual celebration, titled Ada’s Legacy, started back in 2016 with Reyyan Ayfer, founding Chair of ACM-W Europe kicking off motivational speeches from leading local women in computing. The program in 2017 included the screening of BBC documentary Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing, subtitled in Azerbaijani. The guest of honour was Prof. Jennifer Widom, Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, who run short courses on data analysis, machine learning and visualisation as part of the Big Data Weekend event.

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 conference and encourages the participation of an increased number of students. Last September seven female computing students from Azerbaijan joined young professionals from all over Europe in Barcelona. This year’s celebration aims to increase participation and poster applications from female researchers.

Following is a list of Future European Celebrations as listed on the ACM-W Celebrations website.

ACM-W UK Inspire April 20, 2018, Leicester, UK

Ada’s Legacy April 14, 2018, Baku, Azerbaijan

ENTER April 25-26 2018 Belgrade, Serbia

IPT Spring 2018 Madrid, Spain

WeEdR Spring 2018 Limassol, Spain

womENcourage 2018 October 3-5 2018 Belgrade, Serbia

All Celebrations are expected to join Celebrations Facebook page

Contact Wendy Powley ( for any inquiries about Celebration support and funding.

ACM Award and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

Celebrating Accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe

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.

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:

ACM Fellow – 7 September 2018

Distinguished Members – 1 August 2018

Senior Members – 3 June 2018

Nominations are due 15 January 2019 for the following ACM Awards:

A.M. Turing Award –major contributions of lasting importance to computing

ACM Prize in Computing –   (previously ACM-Infosys Foundation Award):   early to mid-career fundamental innovative contribution in computing that, through its depth, impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline.

Distinguished Service Award –  service contributions to the computing community at large

Grace Murray Hopper Award – outstanding young computer professional, based on a single recent major technical or service contribution

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award – theoretical accomplishments that have had significant impact on practice

Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award –  advancing new teaching methodologies, curriculum development in computing, or significant contributions to ACM’s educational mission

Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics –  recognizes an individual or group who has made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. The presentation of this award alternates with the ACM Policy Award

ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award – career contributions with the breadth or that bridge computer science and other disciplines

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award –  outstanding contributions to ACM, in both value and degree

Software System Award – developing a software system that has had a lasting influence

ACM Athena Lecturer Award – celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science;   please note:  nominations for the Athena Lecturer Award are now open to all (prior to 2016 only SIG Leaders could submit nominations)

Please refer to the ACM Awards website at  for:

  • nomination process (“How to Nominate” and the online nomination form), members of the 2017 Award Committees
  • listing of past award recipients and their citations.

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit

Thank you for joining us in recognizing accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe and ensuring they are nominated for ACM Awards they deserve.

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