ACM-W Europe October Newsletter

ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2018, Belgrade, 3-5 October, 2018

“Brilliant experience, fun and inspiring” sums up womENcourage 2018.

womENcourage is a flagship event organized annually by ACM Women Europe. By selecting a different location every year, womENcourage reaches women across Europe and brings them together for a unique and inspiring experience.

womENcourage 2018 was held at the Metropol Palace Hotel in Belgrade, 3-5 October. Survey taken by the participants shows that 94% of attendees were “inspired and encouraged” by the keynote presentations, workshops, panels, posters and meeting accomplished women, their role models.  

Participants came from 23 countries. They represented different professions, including academia, media, and multinational technology companies, and different age groups, with 57% participant between 17 and 30. Local participation was prominent with 29,3% attendees from Serbia, followed by the UK with 22,3% of attendees. The gender diversity was topped this year with 11.3% male attendees.  Read the entire report here.

News Around the World

Join Women in HPC at SC18!

Women in HPC will be holding several events at SC18. We’ll kick off the week with our 9th International Women in HPC workshop on Sunday, 11 November. Please remember to register for workshops in order to participate. The SC18 early bird registration ends on 14 October, so make sure you register before then to take full advantage of the reduced rates. Register here!

The Vicious Cycle of Under-representation

A major factor in the retention of female doctoral students in STEM is the number of other women entering their program at the same time, according to research from the Ohio State University. In the worst-case scenario, where there’s only one woman in a new class, she is 12% less likely to graduate within six years compared to her male classmates. Adding more female classmates improves graduation rates. The findings suggest that the graduate school experience may play a key role in the gender gap in STEM fields. Learn more here.

Last Call for the Gender Gap in Science

The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists has been launched on May 1st, 2018 and will be opened for answers until November 30th, 2018.

Click to complete the 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists

You are welcome to forward this link to the survey to your colleagues, men and women. Invitation letters to participate in the survey are available here in English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic. The collective tools that can be used (letters, flyers, posters) are available here.

ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing

The worldwide list of Women in Computing events can be found  at:

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Contact Wendy Powley ( if you have further questions.

ACM Awards and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

Celebrating Accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe

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.

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:

ACM Fellow –  7 September 2019

Distinguished Members – 1 August 2019

Senior Members – 3 December 2018

Nominations are due 15 January 2019 for the following ACM awards:

A.M. Turing Award –major contributions of lasting importance to computing

ACM Prize in Computing –   (previously ACM-Infosys Foundation Award):   early to mid-career fundamental innovative contribution in computing that, through its depth, impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline.

Distinguished Service Award –  service contributions to the computing community at large

Grace Murray Hopper Award – outstanding young computer professional, based on a single recent major technical or service contribution

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award – theoretical accomplishments that have had significant impact on practice

Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award –  advancing new teaching methodologies, curriculum development in computing, or significant contributions to ACM’s educational mission

Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics recognizes an individual or group who has made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. The presentation of this award alternates with the ACM Policy Award

ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award – career contributions with breadth or that bridge computer science and other disciplines

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award –  outstanding contributions to ACM, in both value and degree

Software System Award – developing a software system that has had a lasting influence

ACM Athena Lecturer Award – celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science;   please note:  nominations for the Athena Lecturer Award are now open to all (prior to 2016 only SIG Leaders could submit nominations)

Please refer to the ACM Awards website at  for:

  • nomination process (“How to Nominate” and the online nomination form), members of the 2018 Award Committees
  • listing of past award recipients and their citations.

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit

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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