ACM-W Europe May 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:

Latest EU ‘She Figures’ suggest gender equality in research is slowly improving

“The number of women in science and technology in the EU is growing, but at a very slow pace according to the latest She Figures 2018 report recently released by the European Commission. Between 2013 and 2017, the number of women in both science and engineering and professional and technical occupations grew by 2.9 % per year.”  Nevertheless, in top-level STEM positions, women are still a small minority.

She Figures 2018 report cites “low participation rate of women in STEM studies” as one of the barriers that impedes growth in the EU. “This under-utilization of female talent is a missed opportunity for Europe’s economy.”  Thing need to change, and change can only be achieved through education, coordinated action, and strong policies encouraging women to participate in science. Our vision in ACM-WE to be instrumental in this change, and transform European professional and scholarly landscape where women are supported and inspired to pursue their dreams and ambitions to find fulfillment in the computing field.

You can access the complete She Figures 2018 report here. More details here.


womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019

This year’s theme: Diversity Drives Societal Change

The Sixth ACM Celebration of Women in Computing will be held in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy on September 16-18, 2019.

This year merit-based scholarships will be available to support registration and travel expenses for up to 100 participants. Find out how you can participate in womENcourage in the Call for Participation page.

The preparations for this year’s womENcourage is continuing with several side events supporting:

  • Pink Hackathon Roadshow took place on the 6th of May 2019 (9:30-18:00) in several cities in the
    Lazio Region. 60 young students aged 15 to 19 met for a computer marathon, on the subject of Energy Efficiency at home and at school. Two teams selected as winners of a scholarship to participate in womENcourage 2019.
  • Workshop organised by IBM Italy Foundation and Fondazione Mondo Digitale took place on the 8th of May 2019 (10:00-13:00) as part of STEM in the City initiative. 80 young female students aged 15 to 19 from the Caterina da Siena Institute attended the workshop which aims to support and inspire them to start a brilliant career in  science and technology. The workshop was followed by a dynamic in-depth discussion on Artificial Intelligence and new digital trends. Again, participants were selected to receive a scholarship to attend womENcourage 2019.

You can also learn current happenings about womENcourage on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin, and search for @acmwomencourage on Instagram. Facebook 2019 Forum is also up and running for the participants of womENcourage 2019. Feel free to ask questions, introduce yourself and chat with others, make travel and accommodation plans, and most importantly meet new people and make friends before coming to the event! Click here to join.

Important Dates

  • Workshop/tutorial proposals: 15 May 2019
  • Scholarship applications: 27 May 2019
  • Last day for early registration: 15 July 2019


ACM-WE Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? No problem. In April, in addition to announcements of current events and scholarships, we highlighted female distinguished speakers and “people of ACM”.

The most popular post was the scholarship announcement from the University of Klagenfurt, Austria that offers 20 scholarships for bachelor graduates from selected countries enrolling into a master program in either information and communication engineering, informatics, information management, or mathematics.  The application deadline is May 12, 2019. You can still apply! Learn more here.

Our followers reacted also positively to our stories about Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science, and Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton and Katie Bouman, the engineer behind the algorithm that managed to join all the pieces of the telescopic records of the first picture of the black hole.

In May, the social media posts are focusing on all things career. Like our ACM-WE Facebook page, follow  us on Twitter (@acmweurope) or Instagram (@acmweurope) to get the updates.


1st Summit on Gender Equality in Computing (GEC 2019)

June 7, 2019, Athens, Greece

Venue: Kostis Palamas Building, 48 Akadimias str. & Sina str., Athens

Organized by the Greek ACM-W Chapter. Details here.

The 1st Summit on Gender Equality in Computing, organized by the Greek ACM-W Chapter, will take place in Athens, Greece on June 7, 2019. 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. The Summit aims to bring together students, researchers and professionals in the field of Computer Science to (a) to present and share their achievements and experience in the computing field, (b) discuss and understand the reasons why there is gender disparity in individuals opting for Computer Science and Engineering, and (c) come up with incentives and measures to reduce the disproportions between women and men in the field.

The programme will feature four keynote talks from:

  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Human Computer Interaction Group, TU Wien, Austria
  • Yannis Ioannidis, ATHENA Research and Innovation Center & National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Maria Kordaki, Department of Cultural Technology, University of the Aegean
  • Aristotle Tympas, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

There will also be a poster track (Research and Profession in Computing) including a flash talks session,  industry talks,  a career development track, a panel, and a career fair.

Registration Due: May 27, 2019

Event Date: June 7, 2019


Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • May 12, 2019: Deadline for University of Klagenfurt, Austria MS scholarships

The University of Klagenfurt, Austria, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and the OeAD, offers 20 scholarships for bachelor graduates from selected countries (*) enrolling into a master program in either information and communication engineering (e.g., networks and communications, autonomous systems and robotics), informatics, information management, or mathematics.

Key facts:

  • 650 €/month for up to 12 months
  • One-time lump sum for travel costs
  • Waived tuition for the master program

* Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Further information and application here.


  • May 13, 2019: Deadline for ACACES grant for women

To support more women to attend world-class training in computing systems, learn about innovation and network with high-level colleagues from around the world, HiPEAC is offering additional grants to female applicants of ACACES.

Taking place on 14-20 July in Fiuggi, the fifteenth edition of HiPEAC’s ACACES summer school offers an excellent, varied programme delivered by world-class experts in computing systems. Following the success of last year’s event, the organisers have once again teamed up with Eurolab4HPC to offer a high-performance computing (HPC) track and with TETRAMAX to offer an entrepreneurial track.

Courses include:

… and much more.

This year, the event also aims to host informal mentoring sessions, where early career female researchers can get support and advice from their more experienced colleagues.

Register now via the ACACES website.


  • May 20, 2019: TechRoleModels Launch with Flash Mob on Social Media

TechRoleModels has created a non-commercial initiative about promoting positive experience of being a woman in tech, regardless of your role, seniority level etc, and we are looking for more women to join.  The goal is to promote the industry and encourage other girls and women to join.

On their launch day, 20th of May, they invite women to share a personal positive story (500-2500 words) on any social media under #TechRoleModels and/or twitter @TechRoleModels on May 20th.  The stories can be on career progression, impactful mentor relationship, events that led to entering the Tech world.

Further info here.


  • May 22, 2019: EQUAL-IST Final Conference – Gender Equality Policies in Research Institutions: Promoting transformative and sustainable changes, Belgium, Brussels

Gender balance in research organizations is considered as a key step for ensuring research excellence and quality and inclusive-sustainable innovation. Still, in spite of an increasing number of HE and research institutions committed to make science more equal and some positive trends in figures on Gender equality in STEM research, it still appears to be difficult to prioritize gender equality. This is particularly true for disciplines such as ICT/IST where female representation at all levels is among the lowest ones among STEM topics and where a gender sensitive approach to ICT design and programming is far from being understood in its implications among computer and information systems scientist. The conference will present results and tools from the H2020 EQUAL-IST project to discuss opportunities to innovate teaching, students services, HR management and Institutional communication via gender equality, as well as existing hindrances and resistances which are slowing structural change processes down, starting from the perspective of ICT and IS Research Organizations.


  • May 20-24, 2019: RIPE 79, Reykjavik, Iceland

A RIPE Meeting is a five-day event where Internet Service Providers (ISPs), network operators and other interested parties gather to discuss issues of interest to the Internet community. The RIPE organisation aims to foster a diverse and inclusive meeting where all attendees feel welcome to participate fully. Initiatives include the Women-in-Tech Session, On-Site childcare, and Diversity Tickets.

Learn more here.


  • May 31, 2019: Deadline for applications for PhD positions at IMDEA Networks, Madrid, Spain

IMDEA Networks Institute is a networking research organization whose multinational team is engaged in cutting edge fundamental science. As a growing, English-speaking institute located in Madrid, Spain, IMDEA Networks offers a unique opportunity for pioneering scientists to develop their ideas. IMDEA Networks is establishing itself internationally at the forefront in the development of future network technologies and has already incorporated highly-reputed scientists. Further information regarding the areas of research can be found here.

For more information see

The online application form is at


  • June 10, 2019: Deadline for N2Women: Rising Stars in Networking and Communication, Online

N2Women is creating a 4th annual list of “N2Women: Rising Stars in Computer Networking and Communications“.

Let them know who you think should be on this list! They also encourage self-nominations.


  • June 14, 2019: Hopperx1, London

Hopperx1 London is a one-day locally organized event modelled after the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). This immersive event brings together women technologists at all levels – along with leading companies from industry, academia, and research – to build relationships, learn, and advance their careers. The program includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, as well as workshops and talks by inspiring women from London WiT community, which will be split into Technical, Professional Development, and Community tracks.

Call for Participation and Scholarship applications deadline: April 12, 5 p.m. GMT. Follow the link to submit your application.

Questions? Email:


  • June 24, 2019: DEBS Summer School on Machine Learning for Real-time Analytics, Darmstadt, Germany

Over the past decade, the ACM International Conference on Distributed and Event‐based Systems (DEBS) has become the premier venue for academia and industry to discuss cutting-edge research of event-based computing related to Big Data, AI/ML, IoT and Distributed Systems. The recent developments in Machine learning and its impact on modern data analytics will be the backbone of discussion by distinguished speakers at this year‘s Summer School.

Invited talks:

  • Carsten Binnig, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Title: Towards Interactive Data Analysis
  • Pedro Casas, Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria. Title: Continual Learning over Network Streaming Data: What to Remember and What to Forget?
  • Maja Rudolph, Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI). Title: Time Series Modeling with Recurrent Neural Networks
  • Lars Dannecker, SAP, Walldorf. Title: Scalable Data Processing and Machine Learning Using Modern Container Technologies

The summer school will be followed by the traditional DEBS Doctoral Symposium, where students can discuss and obtain feedback on their doctoral work from experienced researchers in the field of distributed and event-based computing.

For more information, please visit DEBS Summer School website.


  • June 30, 2019: Deadline for Inspiring 50 Europe Nominations

Inspiring 50 are looking for role models and trailblazers in technology and innovation space and is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. A nominee has to be either a founder of a technology company, C-Level in a technology company, a CIO, CTO or CDO of a company, influencer, academic or politician. The finalists will be announced in Q4 2019.

Learn more here.


  • August 12-30, 2019: Informatika Feminale, Bremen

The University of Bremen in Germany will host the 22nd International Summer University for Women in Computing, the Informatica Feminale. Computer scientists and women working interdisciplinarily are cordially invited to develop and submit course offerings. Topics from the broad field of Computer Science, ICT, and Informatics are welcome: theoretical, practical, technical or applied computing.

More information here.


  • November 28-29, 2019: Advances in Computational Biology, Barcelona

The first Advances in Computational Biology conference will bring together women researchers working on a diverse array of topics ranging from systems biology to artificial intelligence. The conference aims at fostering collaborations between women scientists and provides an excellent opportunity for brilliant women bioinformaticians worldwide to present their work and share ideas about their research projects. The conference is organised by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the joint IMIM-UPF Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) and supported by the Bioinfo4Women programme from the BSC.

Deadline for abstracts and talks: May 2019


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.

Recently ACM-W Created the Rising Star Award

March 2019, the ACM Women’s Council (ACM-W) has announced the creation of the ACM-W Rising Star Award, recognizing a woman whose early-career research has had significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by frequent citation of the work; creation of a new research area; a high degree of technology transfer; and/or other positive influences. ACM-W is establishing an awards committee that will solicit nominations for the award annually in early August. The winner will be recognized at a conference of her choosing, pending the approval of the conference program committee. The awardee will receive a framed certificate and $1000 stipend to be used at her discretion.

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:

  • Senior Members – 3 March 2019
  • Distinguished Members – 1 August 2019
  • ACM Fellow –  7 September 2019

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit this website.

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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