ACM-W Europe May 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:


Message from ACM-W Europe Chair

On behalf of all of the ACM-W Europe, I would like to thank you for continuing to be you. Covid-19 has caused stress for many of us. We worry about our health, our jobs and our general state of mind. We may not always feel ok, and this is fine. Everyone finds it hard sometimes. Whatever the world holds for us, there will be an end to the difficulties. 

Perhaps this is a time to take on something new or perhaps it is a time to simply value all that we have. Do whatever is best for you. Do not feel under pressure to work longer and harder. Be kind to yourself.  We do not need to compete against ourselves. We decide what our measure of success is.

We hope to see you sometime soon at one of our many conferences and celebrations. For now, let’s celebrate and be proud of who we are.

Ruth Lennon

ACM-W Europe Chair


womENcourage 2020 will run as an online virtual event

The womENcourage team has been closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. It’s now been decided that womENcourage 2020 will run as an online virtual event to ensure the health and welfare of our attendees. At this time, the team is still looking forward to your contributions – poster submissions and workshop/tutorial proposals. See the important dates to plan your submissions accordingly. 

Important Dates

Poster Abstracts are due
Poster notifications
22 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
7 August 2020


womENcourage 2020 virtual information session held at ADA’s Legacy

As a precursor to womENcourage, ADA University ran an online event on the 23-24th of April. The event was moderated by Araz Yusubov (Dean, School of IT and Engineering, ADA University). On the 23rd of April, Sevinj Jafarli, Ilaha Manafova, and Lala Shahbandayeva shared their experiences of participating at womENcourage and how it helped with their career. Zeynab Rzayeva talked about poster submissions, and hints and tips for successful submission. Bev Bachmayer of womENcourage Steering Committee related the history of womEncourage and the team behind the scenes. On the 24th of April, Ulviyya Jafarli and Nijat Mursali talked about Big Data and AI education, and Samir Mammadov and Natavan Akhundova talked about their Big Data and AI projects, and their advice for those who want to enter the field. These topics are also the themes of the womENcourage main conference.


Blog Series: Reflections on womENcourage 2019

The theme for womENcourage 2020 is “The equation has two sides“, as this year’s event 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. So, this month’s guest blogger is very timely – Burak Karabulut, who participated in womENcourage 2019, wrote about his experience of the event. Burak studies Computer Technology and Information Systems at Bilkent University in Turkey and is a Candidate Engineer at HAVELSAN. 

I like studying challenging problems and enjoy learning different programming languages. I like the idea of being connected with different software engineers around the world with the same programming language.

For me, the Hackathon was a great chance to understand and empathize with the problems of being a woman in software engineering. Also, the chance to present our work improved my self-esteem. I would highly recommend everybody to participate in the next year’s Hackathon. You will have the chance to meet amazing people in computing. and find great opportunities for networking.

Read more from Burak on our blog.


On Wikipedia: Sihem Amer-Yahia

In March, to celebrate International Women’s day, we started contributing to Wikipedia with articles about women that are in computing, and from as many European countries as possible. We are delighted that the first entry that was accepted to be created was for Sihem Amer-Yahia.

We will continue our efforts in a year-long campaign. 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 #ACMWomen.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In April, we shared projects led by women to understand and fight against COVID-19. 

Our most popular posts on Facebook were: 

  1. Meeyoung Cha and her group’s work in KAIST Korea – “Facts before rumours”. IBS Data Science Group/ KAIST School of Computing team has started a campaign called “Facts before rumours.” observing that many rumours that widely circulated in China and South Korea are now starting to spread in other countries. The team gathered more than 200 rumours and grouped them into similar categories. After excluding conspiracies, political rumours, and celebrity news, the team identified 15 claims which focus on health practices. If you would like to join their study please go here
  2. The project by the team of MIT Media Lab professor Cynthia Breazeal:  “to share a variety of online resources about artificial intelligence, with a focus on how to design and use it responsibly“.
  3. Professor Cecilia Mascolo’s research on a new app, which will be used to collect data to develop machine learning algorithms that could automatically detect whether a person is suffering from COVID-19 based on the sound of their voice, their breathing and coughing. Read more here. 

On Twitter, the top tweet was about our April newsletter, which features a message from COVID-19 and reminding us how our ACM-W Europe community is here to support each other during these unprecedented times.

Our top media tweet was about project led by MIT Media Lab professor Cynthia Breazeal. 


In May, we are going to focus on living with the new normal, from coping with changes to working, networking and socializing in virtual environments.

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



Join the ACM-W Europe Communications and Outreach Team

We are always on the lookout for new talent to join our communications team. You will be part of a dynamic volunteer team passionately working to disseminate information of interest to our community. The team publishes monthly newsletters, regular blog posts, and promotes relevant gender issues in computing and celebrates community success in social media (Facebook, and Twitter).

You can work with us on any number of our initiatives:

  1. The newsletter: Interview community members, and write articles
  2. Social media: Help create social media campaigns;  expand our reach in Linkedin.
  3. Website: Help maintain a dynamic website with up-to-date community news
  4. Blog: Write blog articles, or work with community members on blog series.  
  5. Outreach campaigns: E.g., reach out to ACM-W chapters for regular communication series
  6. Wikipedia campaign: Help us create a database of women in computing in Europe and regularly draft articles for Wikipedia.

If you are interested, please contact us at  with a brief covering letter explaining why you would like to work with us.


Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due May 20.


  • 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.


  • Two open faculty positions in Artificial Intelligence at KU Leuven, Belgium
  1. Junior professor in data science and artificial intelligence, with applications in combinatorial optimization. KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy in the area of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Combinatorial Optimization at its Campus Kulak in Kortrijk. At Campus Kulak, Bachelor programmes are taught in Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Informatics, Biology and Chemistry), including options towards pharmaceutical, engineering and bio-engineering study programmes. Hence, it is a very multidisciplinary environment, both from an educational point of view as for research. The successful candidate will join the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering Science, and develop research activities in the domain of computer science at KU Leuven Campus Kulak, relating to knowledge fields that interconnect Data Science and Artificial Intelligence on the one hand and Combinatorial Optimization on the other hand. More information is available hereApplication deadline: August 31, 2020
  2. Professors of Computer Science: Cost-efficient and data-efficient solutions for machine learning and artificial intelligence. KU Leuven has a vacancy for a full-time faculty position in the area of Artificial Intelligence at the De Nayer Campus in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. We are looking for internationally-oriented candidates that have both an excellent research record in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and industrial applications of AI, and educational competencies in computer science. This is a position in the multi-disciplinary research group EAVISE (Embedded Artificially Intelligent Vision Engineering) that is embedded in the Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence Section of KU Leuven’s Department of Computer Science, and in the Faculty of Engineering Technology. More information is available hereApplication deadline:  June 28, 2020

KU Leuven is committed to creating a diverse environment and is, therefore, an equal opportunity employer. It explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented at the university to submit their applications.



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. 

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 June 3.

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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