ACM-W Europe September 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:

womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019

This year’s theme: Diversity Drives Societal Change

Have you bought your ticket to Rome? We are fortunate to have many womENcourage Participation Scholarships awarded this year and expect a diverse group of attendees. Many of our scholarships this year included accommodation thanks to generous contributions by Sapienza University. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

In previous newsletters we spoke about the rich womENcourage programme that includes a hackathon, panels, two interdisciplinary research tracks, and several engaging workshops. Below is a summary of the 8 workshops. Find more on the womENcourage website.

September 17th, Tuesday Workshop 1: Do we trust Big Data-based policymaking?
Policymaking is nowadays relying more and more on new data sources and in particular on Big Data. This workshop aims to provide insights about dealing with Big Data in a ‘reliable’ way.
Workshop 2: Gendering ICT
The celebration of women in ICT cannot occur without facing the problem of the under-representation of women in the field. The workshop organizers will analyze the most common stereotypes and gender-clichéd images of women in ICT.
Workshop 3: Women in Cybersecurity: A manifesto for TODAY
To date, women represent only 24% of the workforce in the cybersecurity domain. The figure increased over the years, but it is still far from reflecting a balanced representation of both genders. The workshop aims to provide a forum for stakeholders from different areas of cybersecurity to agree on a common plan of action and bridge the gender gap by increasing the number of women in cybersecurity.
September 18th, Wednesday Workshop 4: Data Science for Society
This workshop will focus on examples of social mining and big data research, addressing challenging questions in different domains that have been developed within the project SoBigData.
Workshop 5: Using Lego® Serious Play® to explore how to build- up positive ICT futures
This 90 minutes hands-on workshop provides participants with an opportunity to practice the Lego® Serious Play® method while exploring possibilities for education at the service of building-up positive ICT futures and inclusive society in the Information Age.
Workshop 6: So you believe your software is reliable
This workshop will introduce participants to thinking about user experience and expectations and methods for designing reliable software.
Workshop 7: Discovering Artificial Intelligence
During this workshop Accenture professionals will guide you in discovering how Artificial intelligence can transform the relationship between people and technology, charging our creativity and skills.
Workshop 8: Microservices: an explanation with GameOn
In this workshop, the students will learn key aspects of microservice architectures by playing games. A GameOn environment is available 24/7 on the IBM cloud and students can continue exploring it after the end of the conference.


Of course, all of this would not have been possible without our supporters.

Our thanks to Lazio Region

for their patronage

Super Diamond Sponsors
Diamond Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Special Thanks


Chiara Petrioli joins ACM-WE Executive Committee

We are pleased to inform that Professor Chiara Petrioli has joined ACM-WE Executive Committee. Those attending womENcourage will have the pleasure of meeting Chiara during the panel sessions.

Chiara is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems laboratory (SENSES lab) in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” She is a world renowned researcher, scholar, and entrepreneur.

Chiara is a founding partner of “La Sapienza” spinoff WSENSE, a fast growing high-tech company with offices in Italy, Norway, and the UK. She is a pioneer of the Internet of Underwater Things, an area on which she has led the development of breakthrough technologies listed in the NT100 Top “Social Global Techs changing our lives 2016”. She has held many prominent leadership roles and is currently serving on the ACM Europe Council. Learn more about Chiara on the Executive Committee page.

We are looking forward to working with Chiara!


ACM-W Europe welcomes volunteers!

ACM Women Europe (ACM-WE) 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-WE 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-WE Working Group Volunteer! Check more details here.

ACM-WE 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-WE needs. 

ACM-WE will be accepting applications for Working Group volunteers from 1 October until 1 November, 2019. Application forms will be provided on the ACM-WE web site closer to date.


ACM-WE Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? Not a problem. In August, we posted less due to summer holidays but our minds were on “Back to School/Work”. 

On social media, everybody is very excited about the upcoming womENcourage. So, we are not surprised that our most popular posts on Facebook were the womENcourage announcements. Other popular posts were about:

  1. Donations and Women in Tech Panels are NOT a Diversity Strategy. Do Better.
  2. Women returners are good for business and society
  3. 6 Ways to Come Back Ready for Work After a Vacation

On Twitter, the top tweet was about Prof Francesca Rossi, a keynote presenter in womENcourage, and the winner of the IJCAI Distinguished Service Award 2019. Professor Rossi is recognized for her substantial contributions, as well as her extensive service to the field of Artificial Intelligence in various roles throughout her career.

The top media tweet was on the Returners Programmes, which are for women looking to return to work in tech.

September will be dedicated to our flagship event womENcourage. Stay tuned for news, preparations, and live coverage of the event. 

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



Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • September 15, 2019: Deadline to Apply to the Rising Star Award Selection Committee

ACM-W is seeking four ACM members to serve on the Rising Star Award Selection Committee to recognise a woman whose early-career research has a significant impact on the computing discipline. Deadline September 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT. To apply visit this link.


  • September 16-20, 2019: RecSys 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

The 13th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present their latest results and identify new trends and challenges in providing recommendation components in a range of innovative application contexts. Delivering keynote addresses will be Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) and Eszter Hargittai (University of Zurich, Switzerland). A panel will discuss ethically responsible recommendation.


  • September 22 to 27, 2019: Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2019, Berlin, Germany

The 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will provide an informal venue for 200 selected young researchers to exchange ideas with renowned laureates in mathematics and computer science. The week will see participation by ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureates including 2018 co-recipient Yoshua Bengio, as well as ACM Prize in Computing recipients. Be sure to visit the HLF YouTube site to watch live streaming of lectures and more events.


  • September 23 to 26, 2019: DocEng 2019, Berlin, Germany

The 19th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering will include workshops on PDF, SGML, XProc 3.0 (an XML-based programming language) and more. Scheduled keynote speakers are Franziska Heine (Wikimedia Deutschland) and Manfred Hauswirth (Fraunhofer FOKUS). An afternoon competition will focus on the challenges of automatic extractive and semi-extractive text summarization.


  • September 25, 2019: Deadline for applying for ACM Publication TOCT’s New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Computation Theory (TOCT) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due September 25.


  • September 25, 2019: Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Application Deadline

The Royal Society Industry Fellowship and Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence schemes are currently open for applications. The Industry Fellowship provides an opportunity for scientists to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation and an industry partner. The secondment can be held for up to 4 years part-time. The scheme provides the applicant’s basic salary and up to £8000 research expenses. 

The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. The scheme is open to applicants of any nationality, who are eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the award.

Read more hereContact if you have any questions.


  • September 25-27, 2019: 6th ACM NanoCom 2019, Dublin, Ireland

The main goals of the ACM NanoCom 2019 are to increase the visibility of this growing research area to the wider computing and communication research communities as well as bring together researchers from diverse disciplines that can foster and develop new paradigms for nanoscale devices. Due to the highly interdisciplinary nature of this field of research, the conference aims to attract researchers and academics from various areas of study such as electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, bioengineering, biotechnology, materials science, nanotechnology, who have an interest in computing and communications at the nanoscale.

The preliminary program is now available, featuring an outstanding combination of Keynote Speakers, Invited Talks and peer-reviewed papers from the open call.


  • October 4, 2019: Deadline for Applying for ACM Publication TECS’s New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due October 7.


  • October 8, 2019: 3. ACM CSCS 2019, Kaiserslautern, Germany

3rd ACM Computer Science In Cars Symposium (CSCS) will take place at the DFKI Kaiserslautern on October 8th 2019.

Registration for CSCS 2019 is now open. For more information about CSCS please visit this link.


  • 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 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 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.

Early bird registration deadline September 15th, 2019


PhD, Post-Doc and Faculty Job Announcements


The appointed person will conduct research on the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to the monitoring of telecommunication networks for the detection of anomalies or attacks, fault localization, quality of service measurement and autonomous network management. Interested people can contact Sandrine Vaton and Serge Garlatti: 

Start date: September 2nd, 2019
Deadline for application: September 30th, 2019

Detailed information about the post can be found here.


  • 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: October 31st, 2019
Circulation list “preselected candidates”: November 30th, 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 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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