ACM-W Europe September 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


Countdown to womENcourageTM 2021 – Bridging Communities to Foster Innovation

We hope you are as excited as we are as we count down to womENcourage 2021 – virtual (coordinated from Prague, Czech Republic)- between 22-24 September 2021. The slogan of the event this year is “Bridging Communities to Foster Innovation”. In an increasingly technology-driven world and a rapidly changing economic environment, the field of computing cannot reach its full innovation and creativity potential if formed of homogeneous expertise, represented unevenly only by a fraction of the population. To foster innovation, we shall stop compartmentalising scientific progress by disciplines and encourage innovation across boundaries.

Why join womENcourageTM 2021?

Although virtual, the conference will preserve the touch of Prague, which is a testament to preserving history while inspiring creations and innovation for the ages to come. Prague is a city of engineering, design and creativity. A city with a history of inclusion and diversity, embodied in the womENcourageTM 2021 conference, designed to create a platform for the conference attendees to find (1) a vibrant program that aims to inspire and connect, (2) challenge and validation, (3) encouragement and support, (4) purpose, and (5) opportunity. with inspiring speakers. 

Read our five reasons to join the conference

You think you may be too late? Don’t worry, you can still register! 


Blog: Breath of Fresh Air: Diversity Heroes – Bushra Anjum

As a community, we embrace our diversity; diversity makes us better, stronger. We cannot do enough to applaud all of our heroes in their diversity. They are people who are ACM members, volunteers or experts in their field.  We’ve been talking with a number of heroes about their tech career journey, their perspective on intersectionality and reflect on initiatives for equality. This month’s guest is Bushra Anjum, who is a is a health IT data specialist currently working as the Senior Analytics Manager at the San Francisco based health tech firm Doximity. A keen enthusiast of promoting diversity in the STEM fields, her volunteer activities, among others, involve being a senior editor for ACM Ubiquity and the Standing Committee’s Chair for ACM-W global leadership. She can be contacted via the contact page or via Twitter @DrBushraAnjum.

If you were to change something in the way we run tech communities and networks, what would you change?

The statistics indicate that the lack of women in tech is a global issue. We are stuck in a vicious cycle where young women do not opt for technology careers because they do not find role models, and there are limited role models because women are not entering the technology field. We all need someone to look up to for inspiration and reach out to for guidance. There are numerous trailblazing women in technology. However, they do not get their fair share of visibility. We need to get better at promoting women leaders and technologists in print and electronic media. I am extremely appreciative of the initiatives taken by ACM-W in this regard, such as this series ‘Diversity Heroes’ by ACM-W Europe. 

Another initiative that I am leading for ACM-W is ‘Celebrating Technology Leaders’ by the ACM-W global leadership team. 

Read more from Bushra, and about Celebrating Technology Leaders on our blog.


Wish to organize the 2023 womENcourage?

You can still apply with your proposals to host womENcourage 2023.

In the first stage, all you need to submit is an Expressions of Interest (EoI) (The links for: EoI submission template; EoI submission form).

Submitting an EoI does not constitute a firm commitment to hosting. It is a first step towards a conversation with ACM-W Europe which will help you navigate the process of applying to be a host venue, by thinking early about what you need to have in place to fulfill the requirements to host the event. 

After, you will be invited to submit Full Hosting Proposals (Here are the links to the call documents: Full Proposal template; Full Proposal submission form)


ACM-W Europe Social Media Highlights

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

  1.  The brilliant womenEncourageTM 2021 video 
  2. Reminder for the registration deadline for womENcourageTM 2021. Don’t forget you can still register.
  3. The announcement for Celebrating Technology Leaders, Episode 7, with Bushra Anjum, who was our blog guest this month as well.

On Twitterthe top tweets were all about the ACM ByteCast interview with Rashmi Moran, and again the awesome womenENcourageTM 2021 video.

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


Announcements and News

Discover the latest ‘ACM Selects’, Shortlists of Learning Resources Curated by Experts

ACM Selects are themed shortlists curated by subject matter experts for both serious and emerging computing professionals, with the goal of providing new ways to discover relevant resources, either through ACM or authenticated by ACM-affiliated specialists. The latest Select covers People in Computing #7: Women in Hardware and Programming Languages.

AI for Good Global Summit 2021 (online), continuous digital event

The 2021 edition of the AI for Good Global Summit is a continuous digital event, featuring weekly programming across multiple formats, platforms and time zones, including keynotes, expert webinars, project pitches, Q&As, performances, demos, interviews, networking and more. Upcoming highlights include presentations on AI and climate science, health, and data, and a keynote on “The EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act: How will it impact your life and business?”.


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 SIGMETRICS 2021. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

  • SC 2021, November 14-19, deadline October 8
  • SIGCSE 2022, March 2-5, deadline October 8
  • ISEC 2022, February 24-26, deadline October 15


Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Athena Vakali

Athena Vakali is Professor of the Informatics Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she leads the Data and Web Science Research Lab. Athena has served as Program Chair for the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence since 2019. She is a founding member of the Greek ACM-W Chapter and a mentor of the AUTH ACM-W Student Chapter at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

For more information on Athena, please visit her DSP speaker information page and read her People of ACM interview.



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.

Webinar “Getting Recognized by ACM Awards and Honors”

organized by the ACM Europe Council through the ACM Europe RAISE Working Group

October 1, 2021, at 15:00 CET, 9:00 EDT
Registration is now open at this Zoom link. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get informed about the ACM member grades and awards and communicate directly with members of the ACM Awards and Member Grades Committees, getting better informed on how to prepare a successful nomination, providing feedback on the reasons that Europeans are willing to participate or not in these programmes, and helping us better understand the kind of support you find necessary in order to become more actively involved in these ACM programmes. 

The webinar will take place, online, on October 1 (at 15:00 CET). It will feature an open discussion with Gabriele Kotsis, the ACM President, and Panagiota Fatourou, the ACM Europe Council Chair, as well as a panel comprised by the following members of the ACM Awards and Member Grades Committees: 

  • Jim Larus, Chair of ACM Fellows Committee 
  • Roy Levin, Co-Chair of ACM Awards Committee 
  • John R. White, Co-Chair of ACM Awards Committee 
  • Nuria Oliver, Member of ACM Fellows Committee 
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Member of ACM Distinguished Member Committee 

Registration is free but required. To register (and see the programme) follow the link.

Register now! Your opinion does matter. We are looking forward to your participation. 

Researchers outside Europe are welcome to attend as well. 

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:

Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research: October 8; 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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