ACM-W Europe Newsletter

November 2015


womENcourage 2015 Celebration of Women in Computing. It’s confirmed! Women Love Tech!


The participants of ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing deemed that the Celebration was a huge success! Over 200 participants from 28 countries attended in at an impressive venue, they participated in keynote addresses, panel discussions, technical paper sessions, workshops. and view the

Google, Inria, Oracle, Bloomberg, Cisco, Facebook, IAR, Intel, Informatics Europe, Microsoft Research, FreeBSD supported the celebration allowing us to provide 55 students with travel scholarships.

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Additionally see below articles and blogs from Sept 2015. Media links:
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News of womENcourage 2016 3rd Celebration of Women in Computing is coming soon. Stay tuned!

Obituary: Beryl Nelson, September 16, 1957 - October 23, 2015


It is with great sadness that we inform you that our friend and colleague Beryl Nelson, passed away on October 23rd 2015. Beryl was a great contributor to ACM-W Europe as one of the founding executive committee members, and did considerable work to illuminate the situation around diversity in tech. Especially of note is the Tech Talk of her research The Data on Diversity: It's not just about being Fair.

Her family requests that you send your thoughts and memories here. Additionally, gifts can be sent as a memorial to Beryl by following these instructions.

News around the world

Apply to Attend the Heidelberg Forum

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum was created by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies, ACM, and Letters to provide an opportunity for young researchers to spend a week with winners of the Turing Award, Abel Prize, Nevanlinna Prize, and Fields Medal. To date three forums have been held (2013, 2014, and 2015), and all have been viewed as a major success by the 40 laureates and 200 young researchers in computer science and mathematics who attended each forum. Details can be found here.

The Fourth Heidelberg Laureate Forum will be held September 18­23, 2016. To be considered for the Heidelberg Forum, young researchers can either apply directly to the International Mathematical Union, and the Norwegian Academy of Science through this application link or be nominated by a colleague (or professor, mentor or manager) who can attest to the quality of their work. Nominations will likely carry a bit more weight within the selection process and can be made at this nomination link but require ACM­specific credentials. If you or a colleague would like to make a nomination, the ACM “Organization Number” is ACM72967. Applications and nominations must be completed by February 3, 2016.

ADA Lovelace 200th Birthday Symposium. Join in Oxford to celebrate Ada Lovelace’s 200th birthday

10 December 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. The Symposium is aimed at a broad audience of those interested in the history and culture of mathematics and computer science, presenting new discoveries for the Oxford archives, current scholarship on Lovelace’s life and work, and linking her ideas to contemporary thinking about mathematics, computing and artificial intelligence.
You can find the additional details about the symposium and registration information here.

ACM-W UK seeks to inspire


The ACM­W UK Professional chapter held their first of a series of events called INSPIRE 2015 at Imperial College London in October 2015. Having over 60 participants (both ACM members and non­members) from academia and industry, the event got a good mix of multiple disciplines, different work and cultural backgrounds. Following the involvement of the chapter in the conference series of womENcourage and Grace Hopper, the day was jam-packed with great speakers from different backgrounds of academia and industry, discussing their challenges in research and motivation when it comes to women encouragement in computing. Speakers included Prof. Alex Wolfe, the president of ACM; Dr. Mariam Kiran, the president of the ACM-W UK; Bev Bachmayer, Intel; Prof. Daniela Romano, Edge Hill University; Virginia Grande, ACM-W Europe womENcourage'15 conference chair; Prof. Natasa Milic Frayling, University of Nottingham; and Prof. Liz Bacon, University of Greenwich. The ACM-W UK chapter aims to become a first port of call for advice, mentoring and find a forum to discuss challenges and solutions in progressing further in their careers or finding the right balance in work and family. The INSPIRE event will be held on a yearly basis moving across multiple universities and industries across the UK. Read more here.


Two years ago, the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) set up the Women in High Performance Computing to address the gender imbalance in High Performance Computing (HPC). Women in HPC is a network that supports collaboration and networking by bringing together female HPC scientists, researchers, developers, users and technicians from across Europe. Read more.

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Then Droidcon might just be the place for you to be. Moscow, London, Paris, Krakow …… many possibilities and great possibility to join. Intel is sponsoring tickets and travel costs to a Droidcon of your choice up to a value of Euro 330,-- for female attendees. Interested? Then find out details and apply now: