ACM Europe Council

The ACM Europe Council was created by ACM to recognize and support European ACM members and activities.

About the ACM Europe Council

The ACM Europe Council aims to increase the level and visibility of ACM activities across Europe. The Council is comprised of European computer scientists committed to fostering the visibility and relevance of ACM in Europe, and is focused on a wide range of European ACM activities, from high-quality ACM conferences in Europe, to expanding ACM chapters, to encouraging greater participation of Europeans in all dimensions of ACM.


  • Join with other computing and scientific organizations in Europe to offer new programs and activities
  • Encourage nominations of ACM European members for the advanced member grades of Senior Member, Distinguished Member, and Fellow
  • Work with ACM SIGs to increase the number of ACM conferences in Europe
  • Increase the number of ACM chapters and level of chapter activity in Europe

Call for Nominations for ACM Europe Council Election

The ACM Europe Nominating Committee is preparing to nominate candidates to serve on the ACM Europe Council. For the 2019 election, five Council members will be elected.

Suggestions for candidates are solicited. Names should be sent by 14 February 2019 to Chris Hankin, Chair of the ACM Europe Council and the ACM Europe Nominating Committee, and Pat Ryan, ACM Chief Operating Officer. With each recommendation, please include background information and references. Members of the Nominating Committee are Michel Cosnard and Judith Gal-Ezer.

ACM Europe and IE Release Informatics Education Strategy

The ACM Europe Council and Informatics Europe have collaborated on a report that builds on an earlier document, "Informatics Education in Europe: Are We All in the Same Boat?". The report, "Informatics for All: The Strategy," aims to establish Informatics as an essential discipline for all, a subject available at all levels throughout the educational system. The strategy is also summarized in a one-page document.

EUTPC, IE Recommendations on Automated Decision Making

The white paper "When Computers Decide: European Recommendations on Machine-Learned Automated Decision Making" presents the views of the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee and Informatics Europe (IE) on the challenges posed by the increasing presence of Machine Learning and Automated Decision Making (ADM) systems in almost every aspect of modern human life.

First-Ever Global Curriculum Guidelines in Cybersecurity

After an extensive two-year process, a joint task force led by the ACM, IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS SIGSEC), and the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8) has released a first-ever set of global curricular recommendations for post-secondary degree programs in cybersecurity education.

ACM US and Europe Tech Policy Committees Issue Statement on IoT Privacy and Security

The ACM US Technology Policy Committee and the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee have released a Statement on Internet of Things Privacy and Security addressing existing and expected privacy and security concerns in the IoT ecosystem. The principles in the statement propose policy and technical approaches to tackle privacy and security challenges while ensuring that the technology continues to move forward.

Meet Natasa Milic-Frayling, ACM-WE Chair

Natasa Milic-Frayling is Chair of the ACM Women Europe Executive Committee and a member of the ACM Europe Council. She is Professor and Chair of Data Science at the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. Following her involvement in EU projects PLANETS and SCAPE, she is actively involved with the UNESCO PERSIST initiative, working on the technical and economic solutions to sustain digital computation and preserve digital heritage. 

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Meet ACM Distinguished Speaker Luca Chittaro

Luca Chittaro is Professor of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Udine, Italy, where he heads the HCI Lab. He has been involved in organizing many ACM conferences in HCI, and is a strong advocate of its societal impact, working with clinicians in various fields of health and with safety experts to create innovative applications for real-world use.

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Annual Report

In its Annual Report for 2017-2018, the ACM Europe Council reports on the group's efforts to advance the computing profession in Europe. Initiatives included study of the status of education in Europe in digital literacy and informatics; the first annual conference in Barcelona, including a Turing Lecture by Silvio Micali; promotion of the first ACM Summer School in Athens; production with Informatics Europe of a White Paper on the implications and consequences of automated decision systems; and participation in several EU Commission-related events.

  • ACM Europe Council

      Chris  L. Hankin  
    Vice Chair
      Judith Gal-Ezer  
    Past Chair
      Wendy Hall  
      Joaquim Jorge  
      Panagiota  St. Fatourou  
      Herve Bourlard  
      Michel  Cosnard  
      Tom  Crick  
      Oliver  Grau  
      Yannis  E  Ioannidis  
      Valerie  Issarny  
      Natasa  Milic-Frayling  
      Enrico  Nardelli  
      Chiara  Petrioli  
      Harald  Storrle  
      Mateo  Valero  

Meet Chris Hankin

Chris Hankin is Professor of Computer Science and Co-Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology at Imperial College London. He is also Director of the UK’s Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems. He is Chair of the ACM Europe Council and serves on ACM’s Publications Board. He was Editor-in-Chief of ACM Computing Surveys from 2007 to 2013. 

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ACM-W Europe

ACM-W Europe (ACM-WE) supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, as well as advancing the contributions of technical women. Among its goals are promoting the image of computing among women; promoting awareness of career options; and establishing partnerships with similar existing organizations in Europe.

Meet Fabio Paternò

Fabio Paternò is Research Director at Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione (C.N.R.-ISTI) in Pisa, Italy. At C.N.R.-ISTI he founded and leads the Laboratory on Human Interfaces in Information Systems. Paternò was Papers Co-chair for ACM CHI 2000 and has chaired or co-chaired various other conferences including ACM EICS and Mobile HCI. In 2020 he will serve as Co-chair of ACM Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI). Paternò recently finished a term as Treasurer of the Italian ACM SIGCHI Chapter.