ACM-W Europe March 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:


womENcourage 2020 preparations in Baku, Azerbaijan are going full speed!

ACM womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing is an exciting event, organized annually by ACM Women Europe, each year in a different European country to provide opportunities for women from diverse technical disciplines to come together and exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences. womENcourage attendees take part in hackathon projects, workshops, tutorials, keynotes, technical talks, panels, and poster presentations and expand their professional network through socializing. The Celebration is supported by a number of companies and professional organizations who generously donate funds and take part in the Career Fair, presenting exciting employment opportunities.

womENcourage 2020 will be held at 24-24th of September 2020 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is a European country located at a major international crossroads of trade and culture between Europe and Asia. Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, the metropolitan area has about 4 million inhabitants. It is also the largest city on the Caspian  Sea with traces of human settlements leading back to the stone age. The average temperature in September is 26C with very little rain. There are many wonderful attractions including ancient sites from UNESCO World Heritage List such as the old city with the Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower as well as modern architectural marvels such as the Heydar Aliyev Center that was designed by the world-renowned architect, late Zaha Hadid.

The venue this year is ADA University, and the event organisation is led by an experienced team headed by Araz Yusubov (Dean, School of IT and Engineering, ADA University). The team has been hosting the Ada’s Legacy ACM Celebration in Baku the last four years.

The theme for this year’s event is “The equation has two sides”. womENcourage this year aims to increase the number of male participants to break the women-only event stereotype. Inclusivity and involving all parties are crucial for resolving the diversity issues. 

Participants will be encouraged to contribute to the event program through posters, workshops, panel discussions as well as inspiring keynote talks. Posters provide womENcourage participants with an opportunity to present their work, receive feedback, exchange knowledge and establish collaborations with others who share the same interests. We welcome poster submissions that present original ideas and research, and authors may submit ongoing, new work or versions of their previously published work.

The womENcourage steering and organizing committees are working tirelessly to bring you an exciting program! Check the important dates below not to miss the deadlines for your contributions. Remember, scholarships are open to both men and women! 

The event will have a very exciting social program, so, make sure to keep an eye on the womENcouarage website in the coming months.

Important Dates

Poster Abstracts are due
Poster notifications
1 May 2020
5 June 2020
Scholarships applications are due
Scholarship notifications
15 June 2020
15 July 2020
Workshops proposals are due
Workshop notifications
15 June 2020
15 July 2020
Registration opens
Last day for early registration
1 July 2020
1 August 2020


Call for Hosting Proposals for womENcourage 2021

Wish to organize womENcourage 2021? Submit your Expression of Interest by 30 April 2020.

With womENcourage 2020 organization well underway, we are now looking for proposals to host womENcourage 2021. The proposal process includes two phases: 

  1. Expressions of Interest to be submitted by 30 April 2020
    • Notification of successful Expression of Interest proposal by 15 May 2020
  2. Full Hosting Proposals by 19 June 2020
    • Notification of the final decision on 10 July 2020

Each Expression of Interest will be reviewed by the womENcourage Steering Committee and followed up by a conference call to discuss the proposal. The teams that are shortlisted for the second phase will be provided with a budget template and advice on submitting the full proposal. The full proposals are due on 19 June, including the detailed proposed budget.

The template for Expression of Interest can be found here

Completed Expression of Interest needs to be submitted in the PDF format through the Google form.   

We look forward to receiving your proposal. Should you have any questions or require further information, please send email to the womENcourage Steering Committee: ACMWE_SC@LISTSERV.ACM.ORG.


Blog Series: Reflections on womENcourage 2019

This month, we are hosting Gunay Abdullayeva, who got her master’s degree at the University of Tartu and specialized in Data Mining, Machine Learning, Neural Networks. Read about Gunay’s journey in computing so far and the amazing experience she had at womENcourage 2019 Hackathon in Rome.

The hackathon was a full-day activity attended by 100 participants. The majority of them were master’s degree students (42%), but there was also a significant representation of undergraduates (22%) and doctoral students (22%). The remaining 16% were high school students and early-career professionals. 64% of them considered programming as their area of expertise, 27% were experts in design and 17% — in business. 69% of them have never attended a hackathon before. Gunay and her team competed in the Circular Economy Award challenge sponsored by Eni.

“The feedback from the jury was quite positive and we were delighted to hear that we were the winning team! As a reward, we got the three-days free entry for the conference SingularityU Italy Summit 2020. All costs (accommodation, and flight) were covered by the company Eni.”

“I would encourage you to believe in yourself, apply to attend in WomENcourage. Never give up, and create your story!”

Read more from Gunay on our blog.


ACM-W March Wikipedia Campaign

In March, to celebrate International Women’s day, we will start a Wikipedia campaign where we will aim to add as many Wikipedia articles about women that are in computing, and from as many European countries as possible. 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.

Do not miss us on social media to learn about the campaign and also nominate women you would like featured. Like our ACM-WE Facebook page, follow us on Twitter (@acmweurope) or Instagram (@acmweurope) to get the updates.  


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In February, we shared community news and also started covering technology trends for 2020.

Our most popular posts on Facebook were: 

  1. Informatica Feminale, which takes place in Bremen University, Germany. Visit their website to learn more about this brilliant summer university. 
  2. The announcement for the ACM-W March Wikipedia Campaign
  3. As part of our Tech Trends series, we shared the first-hand experience of Adi Robertson, a Senior Reporter at The Verge covering technology policy, virtual and augmented reality, and tech history, who experimented with biohacking. You can read the article here.

On Twitter, the top tweet was our February newsletter announcement and the blog post announcing the three Europen women in ACM Future Computing Academy.

Our top media tweet was also about Informatica Feminale. 

In March, we will cover new technology trends, and what they mean from a female perspective.  



Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • March 9-13: DATE 2020, Grenoble, France

This year’s Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE conference will address memories for emerging applications, architectures for emerging technologies, hardware security, and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Philippe Magarshack (ST Microelectronics), Luca Benini (ETH Zurich and University of Bologna), Catherine Schuman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Jim Tung (MathWorks) and Joachim Schultze (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases).


  • March 15: Nominations Deadline for Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) 

ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due March 15. For more information please visit the TODAES nominations page.


  • March 15: Deadline for submissions to The 31st Irish Signals And Systems Conference ISSC 2020, Letterkenny, Ireland

Eoghan Furey & Juanita Blue organising the ISSC2020 conference on Humans, Systems & Signals. Speaking to Ruth Lennon, ACM-W Europe, Furey: “Keynote speakers will be 50% female & committee 70% female!” Learn more about the conference here.


  • April 21: EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020

This prize from the European Commission recognises inspiring women in the field of innovation. Three winners will receive €100,000 each, and another €50,000 will be awarded to a Rising Innovator, who is starting out her career. Apply before 21 April via the EU’s Funding & Tenders Portal.


  • 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 SC19. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

MODELS 2020, October 18-23, deadline May 29, 2020

ICFP 2020, August 23-28, deadline June 12, 2020


  • June 29-July 3rd: HPC 2020 International Advanced Workshop on “High-Performance Computing – State of the Art, Emerging Disruptive Innovations and Future Scenarios”, Cetraro, Italy

15th edition of a well-established biennial International Conference on High-Performance Computing, one of the leading events in the field for the finest reputation of the Invited Speakers from Asia, Europe and America. In the five days long meeting, the most advanced topics will be discussed by Speakers from Academia, Industry, Research Institutions.

More information on the workshop’s edition 2020 “High-Performance Computing – State of the Art, Emerging Disruptive Innovations and Future Scenarios” is announced on For additional information please contact and


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.


  • Other

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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