ACM-W Europe October 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:


Excitements of womENcourage 2019 in Rome

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019

womENcourage 2019 ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Technology brought the buzz and much excitement to Rome in September. Women in the computing profession came together for a programme packed with insightful topics and engaging educational and networking activities.  

In the spirit of diversity, 350 participants from 32 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and America included more than half of the students (62% graduate and 38% undergraduate) and 15% male attendees.

Participants were delighted with opportunities to learn from each other, to inspire and to be inspired.  After attending the womEncourage, Joanna Broniarek sent a note:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of the ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing, womENcourage 2019 conference held in Rome, for the scholarship and wonderful experience. I enjoyed all of the aspects of this three-day event. The first day was quite challenging for me as it was my first hackathon. However, after meeting my teammates and spending a few hours building our business product we unanimously agreed that it was above all great fun and we are proud of our work. 

Nevertheless, that was not the end of my challenges, because I had the pleasure to present my poster for the next day. It was also my first experience of this kind and that is why I am even more grateful for nominating my poster for the 10 best posters at the conference. It is a great honor for me. All the workshops, important talks and wonderful people were very inspiring to me. I hope to see you again at next year’s conference.”

Read more about the Hackathon and the WSense Lab in our blog

In the following months, our blog will be used by womENcourage participants to share their experiences and reflections. Stay tuned!


ADA University to host womENcourage 2020 in Baku 

We have exciting news! The 7th ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2020 will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan at the ADA University.

Azerbaijan is a culturally rich region, upholding its traditions. It is known as the first democratic republic (1918) in the Muslim East, where women were granted the right to vote in 1919, before many Western democracies. 

Baku has been a popular destination for many international events from Eurovision in 2012 to European Games in 2015 and annual F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix starting from 2017. Most recently, it has been the home of the 31st International Olympiad in Informatics IOI2019 in August 2019.

womENcourage 2020 host, the ADA University is a young progressive university and has held local annual Ada’s Legacy events since 2016.

Join us in Azerbaijan! We look forward to seeing you there for another exciting and truly thrilling womENcourage event!


Maria-Ribera Sancho joins ACM-W Europe Executive Committee

We are pleased to inform that Professor Maria-Ribera Sancho has joined ACM-W Europe Executive Committee.

Maria-Ribera Sancho is tenured professor at the Department of Service and Information System Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona. She has been active in the Software Engineering field for over 25 years.

Maria-Ribera Sancho served as Dean of the Barcelona School of Informatics at UPC (2004-2010) and as Vice-dean, Head of Studies in the same school (1998-2004). She is currently Manager of the Education and Training department at Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Learn more about Maria-Ribera on the Executive Committee page.

We are looking forward to working with Maria-Ribera!


ACM Creates Tech Policy Council to Provide Global Perspective on Critical Technology Issues

ACM has formed a new ACM Technology Policy Council to coordinate the agenda for its policy activities around the globe. The newly-launched council will serve as the central convening point for ACM’s interaction with government organizations, the computing community, and the public in matters of public policy related to information technology and computing. The TPC oversees ACM’s policy work globally and coordinates ACM’s efforts across national, regional, and international policy arenas. In the United States, the ACM US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) serves as the focal point for interactions with US policy leaders. Similarly, the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee (EUTPC) interacts with policy leaders in Europe. Lorraine Kisselburgh, Fellow at Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), is the group’s Chair.

Read the ACM news release.


ACM-W Europe welcomes volunteers!

ACM Women Europe (ACM-W Europe) carries out the ACM Women mission in Europe, engaging volunteers who organize various activities to foster a sense of community and mutual support among professional women in computing across national boundaries.  

The work of ACM-W Europe is managed and performed by volunteers who contribute their time and effort. The roles and participation are flexible and leadership roles are time-limited to ensure that other volunteers have a chance to make their contributions. 

Apply to become a ACM-W Europe Working Group Volunteer! Check more details here.

ACM-W Europe harnesses the talent and the enthusiasm of volunteers who wish to take up specific roles or tasks as parts of Working Groups or supporting the Executive Committee work. The work is allocated based on individuals’ skills, affinity, and availability. The selection of tasks and time contributions are flexible and vary based on individuals desires and ACM-W Europe needs. 

ACM-W Europe will be accepting applications for Working Group volunteers from 1 October until 1 November 2019. Application forms and instructions are provided on the ACM-W Europe Website


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In September, we posted about womENcourage, remembered the past events, and celebrated with Rome, and now quite excited about Baku!

Our most popular posts on Facebook were: 

  1. womENcourage 2018 – “Creating the Future Together”
  2. womENcourage 2019 – Saying Goodbye to Rome
  3. womENcourage 2014 – The first womENcourage

On Twitter, the top tweet was about the announcement of Prof Chiara Petrioli joining the ACM-W Europe Executive committee. We are delighted to have Chiara on board. Our top media tweet was about paying tribute to earlier events starting from womENcourage 2014 in Manchester.

October will also be dedicated to womENcourage, where we will highlight poster, hackathon and other events.

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



Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • October 15-November 1, 2019: Proposal Submissions for Dagstuhl Proposals

Schloss Dagstuhl was founded in 1990 and quickly became established as one of the world’s premier meeting centers for informatics research. For information and guidelines for submitting Dagstuhl proposals, visit this site.

Important Dates:

Proposal submission:  October 15 – November 1, 2019
Notification: February 2020
Seminar Dates: September 2020 – July 2021

All dates and deadlines can be found on the submission system homepage.


  • October 20-25, 2019: SPLASH, Athens, Greece

The ACM SPLASH (the SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity) embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery to make it the premier conference at the intersection of programming, languages, and software engineering. The Rebase track will feature speakers of interest to software practitioners and researchers. Scheduled keynote speakers are Michael Lippautz (Google) and Anastasia Mavrommati (Mathworks).


  • October 21-25, 2019: ACM Multimedia, Nice, France

Since 1993, ACM Multimedia has been bringing together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present innovative research results and discuss recent advancements. A special part of the conference is the art program, which explores the boundaries of computer science and art. Keynote speakers are Jean Carrive (INA, France), Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Maria Menendez-Blanco and Pernille Bjørn (University of Copenhagen).


  • October 28-30, 2019: The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit, Europe, Lyon France 

The Linux Foundation’s annual Open Source Summit +Embedded Linux Conference Europe is a technical conference for open source developers & technologists to collaborate, share information, learn about the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions. With sessions across 19 tracks covering a range of technologies (Linux, Embedded/IoT, AI/ML, Cloud/Infrastructure to name a few) and leadership topics like Diversity & Inclusion, this event offers a great opportunity for growing skills and community network.

View the full schedule of sessions and activities hereThe Linux Foundation offers Diversity scholarships to anyone from an underrepresented minority group in tech who needs funding to attend. You can find more information here. To register go here.


  • November 9: The 4th Ada’s List Conference, London, UK

Ada’s List is a global network of 7300 women in technology. Ada’s List invites all to join them, whether you are an Ada’s List member, a woman, man or non-binary in tech who isn’t a part of our community but interested in their agenda of change. This event is open to everyone who shares a vision of a better technology industry. 

The day will feature keynotes, talks and workshops by Ada’s List members who will share their stories of innovation and change, and reflect on how they are changing communities, workplaces, and their industry. Expect fun networking opportunities too.

More information here.


  • November 15: Deadline for ACM-W Rising Star Award Nominations

The ACM-W Rising Star Award is a new award that will recognize a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by factors such as frequent citation of their work, the creation of a new research area, a high degree of technology transfer and/or other positive influences and societal impact. The award will be given annually, and the recipient will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. 

Nominations opened on October 1 and will close on November 15. This award was established based on a donation from Andrea Goldsmith, who was named the 2018-2019 ACM Athena Lecturer.


  • November 28-29, 2019: AdvCompBIo 2019, Barcelona, Spain

The first conference on the Advances in Computational Biology (AdvCompBIo 2019) will bring together women researchers working on a diverse array of topics ranging from systems biology to artificial intelligence. The conference aims to foster collaboration between women scientists and provides an excellent opportunity for 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. 

You are invited to register here and to submit an abstract for consideration for oral or poster presentations here.

Registration deadline:  November 1st, 2019


  • January 10, 2020: Call for Papers deadline, ACM MMSys, Istanbul, Turkey

The ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys) provides a forum for researchers to present and share their latest research findings in multimedia systems. The conference especially encourages submissions in the following Focus Areas: Machine learning and statistical modelling for video streaming; Volumetric media: from capture to consumption; Fake media and tools for preventing illegal broadcasts.

Online submission can be made here.


PhD, Post-Doc and Faculty Job Announcements

  • Chalmers University, Sweden is seeking a Faculty Researcher within AI/ Scientific Leader

Chalmers AI Research Centre (CHAIR) was established in January 2019 with the aim of significantly increasing Chalmers’ expertise and excellence within AI in research, education and innovation. CHAIR aims to strengthen their team and are searching for an experienced and ambitious AI researcher to take on the dual role of Scientific Leader for Chalmers AI Research Centre and researcher. The role of Scientific Leader entails appointment to a permanent faculty position with the rank of associate professor, professor or research professor at Chalmers. The role as Scientific Leader covers the period 2020-2023, with a possibility for extension for the period 2024-2028.

Previous experience from working with equality and diversity questions is meritorious. Chalmers is working broadly and active with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence.

Read more about Chalmers AI Research Centre hereVacancy information here.

Application deadline: November 1st, 2019

For questions, please contact: Ivica Crnkovic, Director CHAIR E-mail: Phone +46 31-772 60 76


  • 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.


  • Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “MINTS – MIllimeter-wave NeTworking and Sensing for Beyond 5G”

Applicants are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers,” ESRs) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “MINTS – MIllimeter-wave NeTworking and Sensing for Beyond 5G, within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

With the intensive involvement of industrial beneficiaries and partner organisations (Nokia, NEC, Sony, NI, IMEC, Proximus, Italtel), the ESRs will obtain in-depth knowledge and skills in mmWave networks and its key applications. The 15 ESRs are distributed over 7 beneficiaries in 6 countries: KU Leuven (Belgium), IMDEA Networks Institute (Spain), TU Darmstadt (Germany), NEC (Germany), University of Padua (Italy), Lund University (Sweden), and Nokia Bell Labs (Ireland). Additionally, the MINTS consortium is completed by 7 partner organisations: IMEC (Belgium), Proximus (Belgium), NI (Germany), Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain), Italtel (Italy), Maynooth University (Ireland), and Sony (Sweden). 

The guaranteed PhD funding covered by the training network is for 36 months.

All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment portal.

Key dates:

Deadline for on-line application:  31 October 2019
Circulation list ‘pre-selected candidates’: 30 November 2019
MINTS Recruitment Event: December 2019 – January 2020


  • RAIS (Real-time Analytics for the Internet of Sports) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN)

RAIS (Real-time analytics for the Internet of Sports) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) has opened 14 funded PhD positions to provide high-quality research and training within a broad spectrum of cutting edge subjects that will advance Wearable Technology Block-chain Powered IoT & Real-time Edge Analytics.

PhDs under RAIS will have opportunities to progress their research and competencies under a strong programme which includes workshops, training schools, seminars, entrepreneurial events, and secondments at prestigious academic and industrial organizations in EU and USA (such as MIT, Berklee’s Institute, Cambridge University, Open Data Institute, EIT Digital, Kinetic Analysis).

RAIS network will establish an inter-disciplinary and vibrant research and innovation community and targets high skilled candidates.

Information for the open positions here.



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, 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 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. 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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