ACM-W Europe October 2022 Newsletter

 

In this issue:

womENcourage™ – Celebration of Women in Computing

Join us in Trondheim, Norway on 20-22 September 2023

womENcourageTM 2022 was held in Larnaca, at the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus). The event was attended by internationally recognized speakers, judges and mentors. The attendees were welcomed by the president of ACM, the president of ACM-W and the president of ACM-W Europe, in addition to the local chairs, organisers and supporters.

We hope you enjoyed all the sessions, and in case you missed them, we are waiting for you next year!

womENcourage™ 2023 will take place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, on 20-22 September, 2023.

The theme of the conference is Computing Connecting Everyone. The general chairs will be professors Kerstin Bach and Letizia Jaccheri. We met the organizing team this year when they attended the event in Larnaca.

Trondheim is Norway’s capital of technology and history. It was founded in 997 by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason and held a special place in Norwegian history and culture. Today, Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with many research, development and innovation activities.

The conference will be anchored at the Computer Science Department of NTNU. The department has 3000 students and 300 employees across three campuses of which 30% are female.

We are looking forward to meeting you there. Please follow the conference website for updates throughout the year and details for participants.

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2024

Do you want to join us by hosting the womENcourage™ 2024 event? The call for hosting is open.

Here is the timeline:

EoI submission deadline: 10 November 2022 23:59 AoE

Notification of a successful EoI: by 28 November 2022

Full Proposal deadline: 26 January 2023 23:59 AoE

Notification of a successful Proposal: by 1 March 2023

More details here.

 

ACM-W Europe 10-year Anniversary

This year we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of ACM-W Europe. This journey has been one of growth and friendship as we build our member network. We have events planned to celebrate our anniversary later in the year. However, it is fitting that the celebration focuses on our valued members. It is our members that have volunteered to support each other, and network together to promote women in all aspects of the computing field. This month we are thanking Dr Amal Mersni International University of Sarajevo. 

How long have you been a member of the ACM-W Europe?

Almost one year Since 2021 august.

Why did you join?

I was influenced by my colleague, Professor Oleksandra Yeremenko (Kharkiv, Ukraine), who was also a role model for me from the same department I was working with. I attended a local event organised by Kharkiv ICT ACM-W Chapter where I was inspired and encouraged and saw that clearly, I was not in the wrong field; it was just the other way around; there were not enough females on, and it motivated me to work towards combating the gender imbalance in my field.

How are you associated with the ACM-W Europe?

I initiated the first and only ACM-W Professional local chapter in Sarajevo after moving from Ukraine to Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the 28th of April, at the International University of Sarajevo, we made the announcement of the Sarajevo ACM-W chapter in our very first ‘’Girls in ICT day’’, which was attended by influential figures globally and locally.

How has the ACM-W Europe impacted you?

I just attended my much anticipated and much awaited first womENcourage event in Larnaka, Cyprus. I was pleased to be present and to have met such bright and inspiring female leaders, as well as enthusiasts from other professions. It was a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas with such role models. The keynotes, workshops, and panels were really interesting and useful. Overall, it was a fantastic event, and I left with a broader perspective and greater impact. I am now more motivated than ever to organise as many events as possible to increase participation, especially among my students, who can benefit from different and diverse social and cultural backgrounds, in order to challenge and combat the gender disparity not only in my field but in society as a whole. Women are crucial not just for economic and social progress but also for technological development. For a more equitable and better future, we need more women in technology than ever before!

 

 

Blog – Telling Our Stories: Banovsha Isgandarova

Each year we meet incredible women at womENcourage™ celebrations. We ask womENcourage™ participants to tell their stories in blog posts. We continue 2022 with Banovsha Isgandarova, a student in the field of Electrical Engineering.

“First time I attended in 2019, it was the face-to-face conference where I gained many new friends who still support me in any challenging situations. In 2021 the conference was virtual, but very well organised, so I was able to share my experience with other girls and learn new skills from them. I was a member of the volunteering team, we work hard to host zoom meetings and manage helpdesk on Slack channel throughout the conference sessions. The conference was full of awesome speakers who shared their stories related to their career path and their achievements.

I advise all readers of this article to participate in womENcourage 2022 or later ones, even if the event is hosted virtually, as it brings you a new experience and increases your confidence and motivation.”

Read more from Banovsha Isgandarova on our blog.

 

Blog – COVID-19 impact on work life in Computer Science

Dr. Ritu Kapur who completed her Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, and was working in collaboration (from India) with Prof. Massimiliano Di Penta and his group at University of Sannio in Italy was a participant at womENcourage 2021. She wrote an article about the Covid-19 impact on Computer Science from her perspective.

“The pandemic helped me quickly complete my Ph.D., enjoy home-food, spend some time with my family, publish my research in top-tier peer reviewed conferences and journals, and successfully win a Postdoc to work in my area of interest and a great research group. Therefore, I would say that for me, the pandemic was a time to stay safe, complete my pending works, and stay focussed in my research.”

Read the entire blog on our website.

 

ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In September 2022, our most popular post on Facebook were:

  1. The blog posts from previous participants at womENcourageTM
  2. The photo with the womENcourageTM 2022 organising team.
  3. The announcement of the September newsletter.

 

On Twitterthe top tweet was about the blog from e blog from Maria Konstantinou, and the top media tweet about the September newsletter.

 

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

 

Announcements and News

Open PhD and Post-doc Positions

The Walter Benjamin Programme enables researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a location of their choice. The project can be carried out at a research institution in Germany or abroad, with the host institution providing support for the project.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is now expanding its existing funding measures for academics who have fled their home country by opening up the Walter Benjamin Programme with the aim of enabling this target group to become integrated into the German research system. In the current situation, this practical support measure for refugee researchers from all regions of the world is also an expression of solidarity with researchers from Ukraine as well as persecuted researchers from Russia. 

Deadlines: Proposals may be submitted at any time.

 

The Computer Vision Centre (CVC) has a vacancy for a postdoc to work in the frontier between document intelligence and privacy preserving learning.

The position is linked to the European Lighthouse on Secure and Safe AI (ELSA) project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the design and development of AI solutions for document understanding, and in particular on Document Visual Question Answering systems, employing privacy preserving techniques and infrastructures set up by the ELSA project.

The candidate is expected to have extensive experience in at least one of: document intelligence and/or private and robust collaborative learning (differential privacy, federated learning), and an appetite to learn.

Deadline: vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired.

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. Source: Dispelling Common Myths About ACM Awards and Honors.

Nominations Deadlines:

ACM Senior Member  3 December 2022 Details here.
ACM-W Rising Star 30 November 2022 Details here.

 

Students
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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