ACM-W Europe March 2023 Newsletter


In this issue:


womENcourage™ – Celebration of Women in Computing

Join us in Trondheim, Norway on 20-22 September 2023


womENcourage™ 2023 will take place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, on 20-22 September, 2023. The theme of the conference is Computing Connecting Everyone

Keynote speaker: Prof. Athena Vakali

Athena Vakali is a professor at the School of Informatics, Aristotle University, Greece, where she leads the Laboratory on Data and Web science (Datalab). She holds a PhD degree in Informatics (Aristotle University), a MSc degree in Computer Science (Purdue University, USA), and BSc degree in Mathematics.

Keynote title: Quantified Self and Sensing Data Analytics

In recent years, we are witnessing extensive broadening of the Web towards Web of Things, Ubiquitous, and Mobile Computing. In this talk, we will unveil the untapped opportunities of the quantified self and sensing data analytics, focusing on a human-centric positive behaviour change technology. Specifically, we will explore the success factors of human-computer interaction in ubiquitous behaviour change technology and the heterogeneous aspects of user engagement in this emerging medium, compared to conventional metrics. We will also discuss the implications of different design choices for diverse user segments and pave the way for the sensing-based services personalization.



Poster, Workshop & Tutorial submission due: 1 May 2023
Scholarship application due: 10 June 2023
Registration opens: 1 June 2023
Hackathon registration opens: 22 July 2023
Event Dates: 20-22 September 2023

This year in Trondheim, Norway will be the 10th edition! Please follow the conference website for updates throughout the year and details for participants.


2023 ACM Europe Summer School on “HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications”

The 2023 ACM Europe Summer School on “HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications” will take place from 2 – 7 July in Barcelona, Spain, hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

The summer school addresses young computer science researchers and engineers and is open to outstanding MSc students. After a competitive selection process, the programme committee will accept 60 participants. Accepted students will spend one week in Barcelona, attending formal lectures, invited talks, and other activities. They will be hosted in shared rooms in the same excellent 4-star hotel as the lecturers. The school will cover accommodation expenses and catering during school hours. The school offers a limited number of 250 euros travel grants for students needing support.

All attendees will receive a certificate and a complimentary ACM student membership upon school completion.

The application deadline is 14 April end-of-day AoE. Details here.


2nd Women’s Talk Marathon – Kiel University

Over 50 women in STEM shared their research and studies at the Women’s Talk Marathon on March 8th, International Women’s Day which was organised by CAU University of Kiel. ACM-W and ACM-W Europe were supporting the event to encourage women and be their voice for gender diversity in the field of Computer Science. ACM-W Europe Chair Rukiye Altin gave a talk about what is ACM-W, ACM-W Europe and what activities are done by ACM-W Europe to raise awareness about it.

Details here.


Blog Series

Telling our stories by Amalia Cid Blasco

Each year we meet incredible women at womENcourage™ celebrations. We ask womENcourage participants to tell their stories in blog posts. We continue 2023 with Amalia Cid Blasco, who studied Computer Science at University Carlos III of Madrid and is now an Artificial Intelligence and Data Consultant at HPE.

With my story I want to tell girls that choosing a STEM career can be creative and can be a path to have a social impact on the world. Let us think out of the box together and find solutions to world problems with the help of technology.

The article is about her perspective on how women can be encouraged to pursue computer science. Read the entire article on our blog.



ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In February 2023, our most popular post on Facebook were:

  1. The article about the origins of womENcourage by Eva Navarro Lopez.
  2. The blog from Sara Pedersen who talked about her hackathon experience at womENcourage.
  3. The post honouring the Black History Month.


On Twitterthe top tweet was the blog about the origins of womENcourage by Eva Navarro Lopez, and the top media tweet was the was the post honouring the Black History Month.


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


Announcements and News

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.

Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is March 3, 2023.
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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