ACM-W Europe November 2020 Newsletter


In this issue:


European Volunteer Network

The ACM-W European Volunteers Network aims to drive the increased enrolment of women in computer science and subsequently their sustained growth within academia, industry and the government. The EVN aims to promote ACM-W Europe and its underlying ethos through blogs and vlog posts and webinars from its members as well as from invited guests, contents of which will fall within regularly updated themes. Above all, the primary aim of the EVN is to support the uptake and full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field through its members.

More information on EVN membership, including benefits can be found on our website. If you are interested in becoming a member please complete the volunteer form.

EVN growth and activities are coordinated by ACM-W Europe members, Dr Carolina Fuentes and Dr Lipika Deka.

Dr Carolina Fuentes is a Lecturer in Computer Science and HCI at the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University.  Carolina has been involved in several outreach initiatives in encouraging diversity in Computer Science, particularly coding among young girls and women from underrepresented communities.

Dr Lipika Deka is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the School of Computer Science and Informatics and a member of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK. Lipika is an ACM and ACM-W member and holds the position of Vice-Chair of the ACM-W UK Chapter. She organised ACM-W UK’s annual INSPIRE event in 2018 and also supported the WomENcourage 2018 and WomENcourage 2020 as the chair for the workshop and tutorial committee. 

Please join them in their effort of building a brighter future for women in technical fields, both in academia and industry.


Kharkiv ACM-W Chapter – Science and Technology Empower Women

This month Oleksandra Yeremenko,  a professor of V.V. Popovskyy Department of Infocommunication Engineering at Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Ukraine, shares with us their story of starting the Kharkiv Information & Communication Technologies ACM-W Chapter. 

The ACM-W community allows us to break down the boundaries and destroy the myths and stereotypes that exist in society about women in science and technology.” 

Read more on our blog


Blog Series: Telling our Stories – Rahma Mukta

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 blog posts. 

We start with Rahma Mukta, from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia. She is a second year PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering. She works on  blockchain security and anonymous credential systems. 

“My second-year [in the PhD program] started with the challenge of quarantined life due to COVID-19. In this new normal, for the very first time, I got the chance to introduce myself to the ACM womENcourage conference 2020. The conference was my first ever experience to join an online event to present my work.”

Read more from Rahma on our blog.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

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

  1. ACM womENcourage 2021 will go to Prague, the Czech Republic next year. We are already excited! This event, chaired by Dita Přikrylová, founder of Czechitas, is due to be held in September.
  2. womENcourage 2020 Took Place 24-27th Sep: We all gathered virtually at ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan – more than 200 registered participants from 40 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas & Australia. Thank you, ADA for hosting womENcourage 2020!
  3. Lovely article on Fran Allen, the first female recipient of the ACM Turing Award (2006), and who passed away this August. “Her throwaway job” (in computing) “proved so compelling that she stayed 45 years, becoming the first female IBM fellow in 1989.

On Twitterthe top tweet was the article published as part of our Blog Series: Breath of Fresh Air: Diversity Heroes.

Our top media tweet was about the article published about Fran Allen, the first female recipient of the ACM Turing Award, and who passed away this August. 

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


Announcements and News

Google invites you to #IamRemarkable Event Series, for women in tech!


From Mon 16th and Wed 18th Nov 2020, Google will host three events just for students from ACM-W chapters, to help build a career in tech. To find out more and register to attend, visit the following link.


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

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


Events, Conferences and other Deadlines

  • AI for Good Global Summit 2020 (continuous digital event)

The 2020 edition of the AI for Good Global Summit will be presented as a continuous digital event throughout the year, featuring weekly programming across multiple formats, platforms and time zones, including keynotes, expert webinars, project pitches, Q&As, performances, demos, interviews, networking and more. ACM Prize recipient and ACM Fellow Shwetak Patel was a featured keynote speaker on July 9, addressing healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • 2nd African Symposium And 3rd Tyan International Thematic Virtual Workshop On Big Data, Analytics, And Machine Intelligence, December 3-4

The goal of the conference is to provide a platform to increase knowledge in Data Science with focus on Big Data, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence and to explore how these technologies have addressed impact of and response to COVID-19, alongside with provision of sustainable solutions, while building multidisciplinary and international collaborations.

Applications opened on October 30. Apply here.


PhD, Post-Doc and Faculty Job Announcements

  • PostDoc Researchers/Senior Scientists with Doctorate Positions on Networked Sensing at University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Advertisement Website is here. Please send your applications to

Applications can be sent any time until the position for the respective track has been filled, but preferably before November 30th, 2020.

University of Klagenfurt and Silicon Austria Labs GmbH are jointly establishing the Ubiquitous Sensing (USE) Lab and are seeking to make appointments for four PostDoc Researchers/Senior Scientists with Doctorate (f/m/d) for the following research tracks:

  • Track #1: Sensor Modeling, Simulation and Optimal Design
  • Track #2: Sensor Signal Processing and Sensor Intelligence
  • Track #3: Networked Sensing, Sensor Fusion and Virtual Sensing
  • Track #4: Sensor Systems Integration and Fabrication

The University of Klagenfurt intends to increase the number of women on its faculty, particularly high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration. People with disabilities or chronic diseases who are qualified are explicitly invited to apply.

General information can be obtained on this website. Additional information about the Ubiquitous Sensing Lab can be found on this website or by contacting Professor Hubert Zangl (, Tel.: +43 463/2700-3562).



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 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. 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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