ACM-W Europe November 2021 Newsletter


In this issue:


You are a hero, and we would like to hear from you

I have been very lucky to meet many members of the ACM-W Europe over the years. During lock-down I have not had quite the same opportunity. I would love to meet you, as each and everyone of you are heroes for going out there and pursuing the  career of your choice.  It can be hard for many reasons but we all have our own successes too. For me, my success is strongly underpinned by my wonderful support network. They are my family, and friends in tech who encourage me every day. We don’t have to be the CEO or CISO of a large company to be a hero to ourselves and to others. It can simply be that you passed your course even though it was hard for you; it can be that you are in a job that you love; it can be that you mentored someone and now they are doing well. I would love to hear your stories, to meet you and to learn about the members of the ACM-W Europe. Please get in touch. Drop me a line or two about what makes you proud to be you. Please email me at

Ruth G. Lennon

Chair of the ACM-W Europe



Blog: EVN – Koc University Society Womens Engineers Club (KUSWE)

The ACM-W Europe EVN members are actively engaged in a number of societies working towards empowering women in computer science and engineering. In this brief blog post, members from KUSWE (Koç University Society Women Engineers Club) talk about their ongoing activities and fruitful collaborations with ACM-W Europe.

“One of the high school focused events is our eight-week-long Girls Who Code event. We, as the Koç University Society of Women Engineers Club, have been teaching coding to successful female students selected from the schools near our university since 2018. Students are usually chosen from schools with limited opportunities, especially for coding or engineering-related activities and classes. In 2020, Girls Who Code was awarded the Outstanding Outreach Award by SWE, becoming one of the most successful projects of KUSWE.  This year, for the first time, we held our Girls Who Code program online due to the pandemic. Although the courses were online and students were not able to get the opportunity to visit and get their hands on advanced computers, we were still happy to spark students’ curiosity in engineering and STEM fields.”

Read more on our blog.


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

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

  1. Featured in People of ACM – Rute C. Sofia is the Industrial IoT Head at fortiss, the research institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software-intensive services and systems in Munich, Germany.
  2. Celebrating the success of #womENcourageTM 2021. 260 people from different walks of life, from more than 38 countries, and each continent except Antarctica attended womENcourageTM 2021. Congratulations to the Prague team, and heartfelt thanks for their passionate commitment to the organization of womENcourage celebration, and we cannot have done this without our supporters. womENcourage2022 will be hosted in Larnaca, Cyprus! We already can’t wait.
  3. Blog: Breath of Fresh Air: Diversity Heroes – Mary Sheeran This month’s guest is a professor in CSE at  Chalmers U. She has pioneered the use of functional domain-specific languages in hardware design and verification and in resource-aware parallel programming. She is a founder member of IFIP Working Group 2.8 on Functional Programming. A couple of years ago, her university asked its staff “how would you like to change Chalmers?” and the answer was obvious to her: increase gender equality, aiming for excellence. The resulting proposal was funded – approximately 30 million euros –  and work on the Genie initiative began in 2019, with Mary as the Vice Director. Thank you, Mary, for writing for us a brilliant article on Improving gender balance in academia: a computer scientist’s view.

On Twitterthe top tweets were all about the N2Women: STARS in Computer Networking and Communications nominations. We hope lots of amazing women got nominated. The top media tweet was the Blog: Breath of Fresh Air: Diversity Heroes – Mary Sheeran. It’s a brilliant read, don’t miss it!

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Announcements and News

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 SIGCOMM 2021. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

Learn more about competitions on the SRC submissions page and SRC guidelines for students.


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, dispelling 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 honor people working outside North America. Prof. Pancake writes that even though nothing would make ACM committees happier than to recognize the achievements of people from around the globe, there are very few nominations. Source: Dispelling Common Myths About ACM Awards and Honors.

Call for Nominations for Fran Allen Mentorship Award

ACM announces a new award that highlights the value of mentoring in the development of computing professionals. The ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring emphasizes contributions in mentoring students and young professionals from diverse communities. Please consider nominating a deserving individual for this unique award that promotes diversity in computing. Nominations are due December 15.


Early Career
Mid Career
Late Career
Area-Specific, typically Mid to Late Career

Upcoming Deadlines:

Doctoral Dissertation: October 31 (for dissertations being translated into English: November 30).

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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