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

2021 ACM Europe Council Election Candidate Slate

The ACM Europe Council Nominating Committee hereby submits the following slate of candidates for the May 2021 ACM Europe Council election. The names of the nominees are presented below in random order:

  • Rute C. Sofia, Fortiss GmbH, Germany
  • Tom Crick, Swansea University, UK
  • Panagiotis “Panos” Papadimitratos, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Valerie Issarny, INRIA, France
  • Manuel Hermenegildo, IMDEA Software Institute and Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain
  • Bran Knowles, Lancaster University, UK
  • Leonel Seabra de Sousa, INESC-ID, IST, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Yannis Ioannidis, University of Athens and Athena Research Center, Greece
  • Rosa M. Badia, BSC, Spain
  • David Peleg, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Candidates may also be nominated by petition of 1% of the Professional Members of ACM residing in Europe. Such petitions must be accompanied by a written declaration that the nominee is willing to stand for election. The number of Member signatures required to place a candidate on the ballot is 142.

Anyone interested in petitioning must inform Panagiota Fatourou, Chair of the ACM Europe Council Nominating Committee, and Pat Ryan, ACM Chief Operating Officer, of their intent to petition by 9 April 2021. Petitions must be submitted for verification by 19 April 2021. All candidates must be Professional Members of ACM residing in Europe.

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Contact Tracing

ACM’s Europe Technology Policy Committee issued detailed principles and practices for the development and deployment of contact tracing technology intended to track and arrest the spread of COVID-19. The statement calls on governments that adopt such systems to choose "only those which... respect and protect the rights of all individuals; safeguard personal data and privacy to the highest degree technically possible; and are subject to scrutiny by the scientific community and civil society before, during and after deployment." Read the statement in Italian here and in French here.

ACM Europe TPC Comments on Green Deal

ACM’s Europe Technology Policy Committee submitted comments to the Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission in support of the comprehensive and ambitious sweep of the Commission’s Green Deal. ACM Europe TPC strongly concurs with the Commission’s premise that realizing true energy efficiencies in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector will be critical to Europe’s success in meeting the Green Deal’s appropriately aggressive climate targets.

ACM Europe TPC Comments on UK National Data Strategy

ACM’s Europe Technology Policy Committee has formally urged the UK government to assure that its National Data Strategy provide for datasets that are open, subject to multidisciplinary expert review, protected by robust risk assessment, and compiled in consultation with marginalized communities to assure their benefit to all sectors of society.

Informatics for All Members Emphasize Need for Informatics Education at Digital Education Action Plan Closing Event

Informatics for All steering committee members Enrico Nardelli (President of Informatics Europe) and Austeja Trinkunaite (Secretary General of CEPIS) participated in the 9 September closing event of public consultation on renewing the European Commission's Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP), which seeks to support the use of technology in education and the development of digital competences in European Union countries. They cited the Informatics for All position paper that came out of their March workshop focused on DEAP.
View a recording of the reports from public sessions that were livestreamed.

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 Ruth Lennon, ACM-WE Chair

Ruth Lennon has been elected the new ACM-W Europe Chair. Ruth is an enterprise application developer, researcher, and lecturer in the Department of Computing at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is a member of ACM, ACM-W, IEEE, IEEE-WIE and the IEEE Computer Society, and a member of the working group developing the P2675 DevOps standard. Her research interests focus on enterprise scale systems.

ACM-WE Chair Ruth Lennon

Meet ACM Distinguished Speaker Stefan Bruckner

Stefan Bruckner is a professor in Visualization at the Department of Informatics of the University of Bergen, Norway. His research interests include data visualization, with a particular focus on interactive techniques for the exploration and analysis of spatial data. He has made significant contributions to areas such as illustrative visualization, volume rendering, smart visual interfaces, biomedical data visualization, and visual parameter space exploration, and holds six patents. He has received many awards in graphics and visualization, and is a member of ACM SIGGRAPH, Eurographics, and the IEEE Computer Society.

Photo of ACM Distinguished Speaker Stefan Bruckner

ACM Europe Council Names Panagiota Fatourou as New Chair

Photo of ACM Europe Council Chair Panagiota Fatourou

The ACM Europe Council has named Panagiota Fatourou as its new Chair. Fatourou, who will serve a two-year term through 30 June 2021, is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Crete and at the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH ICS), Greece. She has worked as a visiting Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, as a full-time faculty member at the University of Ioannina in Greece, and as a postdoc researcher at Max-Planck Institut für Informatik in Germany and at the University of Toronto in Canada. She is an elected member of the ACM Europe Council and she has been an ACM Distinguished Speaker.

Also elected to two-year terms were Vice Chair Tom Crick, Professor in Digital Learning and Technology at Swansea University, UK; and Secretary/Treasurer Valerie Issarny, Senior Research Scientist at Inria, France.

  • ACM Europe Council

      Panagiota Fatourou  
    Vice Chair
      Tom Crick  
    Secretary/ Treasurer
      Valerie Issarny  
    Past Chair
      Chris Hankin  
      Anastasia Ailamaki  
      Oliver  Grau  
      Yannis  Ioannidis  
      Harald  Storrle  
      Julie  Williamson  
    Informatics Europe (IE) Liaison
      Enrico Nardelli  
    European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) Liaison
      Bjorn Levin

Meet Athena Vakali

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

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.

Annual Report

Read the current Annual Report of the ACM Europe Council.