ACM-W Europe March 2021 Newsletter

 

In this issue:

 

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! We appreciate that you  #ChooseToChallenge together with the ACM-W Europe family. As the day approached, we shared several exciting events from ACM chapters & wider women in the STEM community on our events calendar

One of the events women@Work, was organized by Azerbaijan ACM Chapter, and was co-organized by one of the members of the ACM-W European Volunteer Network (EVN). women@Work focused around Google International Woman’s Day (IWD) dedicated to tech talks and workshops helping personal development, Google’s culture of impact and collaboration, and possible career opportunities at Google. EVN aims to build a community of people who work together to promote ACM-W Europe and its underlying ethos. Learn how you can be a volunteer here.

 

ACM invites you to mark Women’s History Month by sharing your stories

During Women’s History Month this March, ACM is encouraging computing professionals and students to use the hashtag #SheIsWhyICode to share stories of women in computing who have inspired them at any point in their career or education. The stories might range in topic from one’s earliest introduction to computer science to overcoming a recent professional obstacle, and the subjects could vary from luminaries of the computing field to someone’s high school computer science teacher or current boss.

Follow this link to see how you can take part.

 

 

 

5 Reasons to Join Us at womENcourage 2021, Prague

womENcourage 2021 is to be held in Prague, Czech Republic. 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 compartmentalizing scientific progress by disciplines and encourage innovation across boundaries.

Here are 5 reasons to join us at the womENcourage 2021 in Prague:

  1. For inspiration and connection: Continue building the future of opportunity. Get inspired by the leading figures in computing, many of which are women. Inspire others and make connections. Find your voice among a diverse community of early-career to mid-career or transition to new directions (retired / returning) colleagues. Pave the way for cooperation by meeting and connecting with like-minded individuals and top minds in your field. 
  2. For challenge and validation: Challenges are important parts of life that shape us. Learn to understand the value of your ideas and push them from the drawing board into reality. Continue growing your self – esteem and appreciating the ideas you bring to the table. 
  3. For encouragement and support: We all have faced struggles and obstacles and, at one point or another, have not always seen the best in ourselves. If you feel like you could use a bit of help from others in your area of expertise, this is a conference for you. After all, #womENcourage embeds the support in the title itself. 
  4. For purpose: Research/poster sessions that represent the social impact on challenges facing our communities and the world. Join or start projects that might bring breakthrough progress to our society.
  5. For opportunity: Women in computing across sectors are making change real and possible across a changing business, policy, and cultural landscape. From employment to partnerships to investment, learn what’s happening around the world and how you can grow opportunities for yourself, your company, and your networks.

Important Dates

Extended abstracts and visual posters due May 1, 2021
Scholarship applications open May 1, 2021
Workshop and tutorials proposals due May 1, 2021
Registration open June 1, 2021
Hackathon interest to participate due August 10, 2021

To learn more, follow this link to the Call to Take Part.

 

Blog Series: Breath of Fresh Air: Diversity Heroes-Barbora Buhnova

This month’s guest is Barbara Buhnova, is a Co-Founder and Governing Board member of  Czechitasthe community behind the scenes of the womENcourage 2021 conference. This Czech non-profit organisation emerged in 2014 to empower girls and women to engage in computing education or career transition. 

Barbora Buhnova is an Associate Professor and vice-dean at Masaryk University (MU), Faculty of Informatics in Brno. Following her research career in Germany and Australia, she now leads multiple research teams at the Faculty of Informatics MU (software architecture), the Institute of Computer Science MU (big data analytics), and the Czech CyberCrime Centre of Excellence C4e (critical infrastructures). Bara is a leading member of multiple initiatives engaging more women in tech (e.g. Czechitas, Informatics Europe working group Women in Informatics Research and Education (WIRE), EU COST Action: European Network for Gender Balance in Informatics) reaching across the entire Europe. Furthermore, she is a devoted speaker and author of multiple research studies on gender-sensitive education.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself? What was your inspiration, the driving force that led you to study or work in computing?

To me, computing is an invitation to innovation, which is beautiful. Joining computing was one of the best decisions of my life. More so that my community, which is Software Architecture, really makes me feel I found my place, the place where I belong and where I can turn my skills and interests into an impact. I made my first step towards computing when I applied to university to study computer science, which I did totally unprepared. I had no idea what computing is. It simply looked interesting, challenging, and different from what I did before. And that was it, a big leap of faith.

Read more from Barbora on our blog.

 

Blog Series: Telling our Stories – Aayesha

Each year we meet wonderful women at womENcourage. This year was no different, and in the rest of the year, we will have womENcourage participants telling their stories in our blog. 

This month’s blog post is written by Aayesha. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Computer Science from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Pakistan. Her current research focuses on automating the detection of epileptic seizures using machine learning techniques.

“When I enrolled for MS in computing, I was confused about picking my research topic, and I could not find assistance from my teachers. After several days of searching on the web, I chose machine learning-based epilepsy detection as a research topic. I wrote a complete thesis on this topic as well as two research articles.”

Well done Aayesha for persevering and discovering your passion! Read more from Aayesha on our blog

 

 

ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

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

  1. The announcement for celebrating International Women’s Day with Google. The two-day virtual event series is open to all higher education students in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and is committed to creating spaces where women who are at the start of their careers can find community, inspiration, and empowerment.
  2. European Volunteer Network – A Webinar from Kharkiv University. European Volunteer Network (EVN) aims to build a community of people who work together to promote ACM-W Europe and its underlying ethos. This is done through conferences, blogs, vlog posts and webinars from its members and guests, contents of which will fall within regularly updated themes. The most recent event was held in January, hosted by Olexandra Yeremenko, at Kharkiv University.
  3. #womENcourage 2021: The community behind the scenes of this year’s event is @czechitas. This Czech non-profit organisation emerged in 2014 to empower girls and women to engage in computing education or career transition. Find out more about Czechitas here.

On Twitterthe top tweet and top media tweet was the same! The Call for Contributions for Summer University Informatica Feminale 2021, held at the University of Bremen, Germany,  and invited women experts in computer science/informatics to contribute. 

Like our ACM-WE Facebook page, follow us on Twitter (@acmweurope) or Linkedin to get the updates.

 

Announcements and News

Celebrating Technology Leaders: Women in Robotics

On March 31st (03:00 PM EDT), join Dr Bushra Anjum (ACM-W Standing Committees Chair, ACM Ubiquity Senior Editor) as she hosts the free @OfficialACMW webinar, “Celebrating Technology Leaders: Women in Robotics.

Panellists are Laura Stelzner, Principal Robotics Software Engineer, RIOS Corporation; Sarah Gibson, PhD, Senior Engineering Manager Robotics, Unity Technologies; Tessa Lau, Ph, Founder & CEO, Dusty Robotics

Register to attend here.

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:

 

PhD, Postdoc and Faculty Job Announcements

  • The WWU ( Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Germany advocates gender equality and strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from women are therefore expressly encouraged; Women will be given preference if they have the same suitability, ability and professional performance unless the person of a competitor predominates.

Doctoral Research Associate in Analysis and Numerics
University of Münster Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science (April 14, 2021)

 

  • UvA, Netherlands is an equal opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

PhD Position in Action and Intention Understanding from Videos
University of Amsterdam Informatics Institute (April 14, 2021)

 

  • VU University, Netherlands is an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

PhD Position in AI-powered Security
VU University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science (April 14, 2021)

PhD Position in Causality-inspired Machine Learning
University of Amsterdam Informatics Institute (April 15, 2021)

 

  • University of Bergen, Norway encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply. Several openings including:

Associate Professor in Informatics
University of Bergen Department of Informatics (April 16, 2021)

PhD Position in Cryptography
University of Bergen Department of Informatics (April 15, 2021)

 

  • KTH, Sweden – Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values. Several openings including:

Associate Professor in Foundations of Data Science
Royal Institute of Technology School of EECS (April 15, 2021)

Associate Professor in Computer Systems
Royal Institute of Technology School of EECS (April 15, 2021)

 

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.

Students
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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