ACM-W Europe Newsletter

March 2018

ACM Celebration of Women in Computing womENcourage 2018: "Creating the Future Together" Belgrade, Serbia October 3-5, 2018

Join us for the 5th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2018 in the beautiful city of Belgrade, Serbia on October 3-5 2018. The program includes a Hackathon, Workshops, Posters, Technical Talks and Panel Discussions and is sure to have something for everyone. Come to meet new and old friends, network with like-minded colleagues and enjoy sightseeing in historic Belgrade.

Sign up to join the volunteer team organizing the event.

The first deadline for womENcourage 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia is for Poster Abstracts which are due May 1. Mark these dates on your calendar. Get your poster abstract ready.

  • Poster abstracts due: May 1 2018
  • Notification of accepted posters: June 8, 2018
  • Scholarship applications due: June 15, 2018
  • Registrations open: June 15, 2018
  • Final poster abstracts due: June 30, 2018
  • Notification of scholarship acceptance: July 15, 2018
  • End of early registration: August 30, 2018
  • Poster PDF due: September 1, 2018
  • End of online registration: September 25, 2018

News around the world

CHI 2018 Diversity Champion Awards nomination 

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The CHI 2018 Diversity Champion awards are presented to individuals in recognition of their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within ACM SIGCHI communities and the field of human-computer interaction. This award celebrates and honors individuals for their innovative and committed efforts towards social equity through affirmative action in their respective professions. All nominees must demonstrate a strong dedication to social equity initiatives, regularly advocate for the full inclusion of people of marginalized identities, and continually strive to innovate effective methods to bring diversity to ACM SIGCHI communities and HCI as a field. This award will be hosted at the Diversity and Inclusion Lunch at CHI 2018.

Local ACM-W Celebrations of Women in Computing

Coming ACM Celebration in Spain: April 19-20 2018

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For the third time, Informatics For All (Informatica Para Tod@s, IPT) is happening! Join us this April in Madrid to celebrate Spanish-speaking women in computing. All genders invited, from or living anywhere. We will listen to role models in the field and mingle. Very inspiring speakers of all ages will not only share their work and advice but also their drive and their enthusiasm.

How can you participate? Registration is free and will open on now! Would you like to share your work? You still have a chance to submit your poster. The deadline is March 11 and we have a guide for you if you are unsure of how to create your submission. Besides original work, it is possible to submit already published work or project ideas if you would like to look for collaborators during the event.

What if you can't afford to attend? There are travel grants available to support your trip. And if you need a certificate of attendance, it is possible to get one after the event. Check all info at

Above all, IPT is a networking event. It was created by a group of volunteers who wanted to give more visibility to the achievements of women in the Spanish-speaking world. Our group has done nothing but grow since we started in 2016. This year, we would love to meet YOU! Grab your ticket here and drop us a line for any questions to Social media user? Check our Facebook and Twitter!

Ada's Legacy to be celebrated again in Azerbaijan: April 14, 2018

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For the third year in a row Azerbaijan ACM/ACM-W Chapter partners with ADA University to host the ACM Celebration of Women in Computing in Baku. This now annual celebration, titled Ada's Legacy, started back in 2016 with Reyyan Ayfer, founding Chair of ACM-W Europe kicking off motivational speeches from leading local women in computing. The program in 2017 included screening of BBC documentary Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing, subtitled in Azerbaijani. The guest of honour was Prof. Jennifer Widom, Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, who run short courses on data analysis, machine learning and visualisation as part of the Big Data Weekend event.

Over the past years Ada's Legacy attracted participants, women and men alike, from academia, industry and government sector. Apart from celebrating the role of women in computing, it also promotes ACM's womEncourage conference and encourages participation of increased number of students. Last September seven female computing students from Azerbaijan joined young professionals from all over the Europe in Barcelona. This year's celebration aims to increase participation and poster applications from female researchers.

Following is a list of Future European Celebrations as listed on the ACM-W Celebrations worldwide list.

  • ACM-W UK Inspire - Cambridge, UK - April 20, 2018 Website
  • Ada's Legacy - Baku, Azerbaijan - April 2018 Website
  • ENTER- Belgrade, Serbia - April 25-26, 2018 Website
  • IPT - Madrid, Spain - April 19-20, 2018 Website
  • WeEdR - Limassol, Cyprus - Spring 2018 Website
  • All Celebrations are expected to join Celebrations Facebook page.

    Contact Wendy Powley ( for any inquiries about Celebration support and funding.

ACM Award and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

Celebrating Accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe

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.

Following the mission of ACM-W to foster women participation in the field of computing, ACM-W Europe invites the community to welcome and recognize accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe who made significant contributions through their technical and professional excellence.

Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines:

  • ACM Fellow: September 7, 2018
  • Distinguished Members: August 1, 2018
  • Senior Members: March 3, 2018

Nominations are due January 15, 2019 for the following ACM awards:

Please refer to the ACM Awards website at for:

  • Nomination process ("How to Nominate" and the online nomination form), members of the 2017 Award Committees
  • Links to the listing of past award recipients and their citations

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit

Thank you for joining us in recognizing accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe and ensuring they are nominated for ACM Awards they deserve.