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Women in Computability


Women in Computability

at CiE 2019, 16th July 2019, Durham

Women in Computability

Women in Computer Science and Mathematics face particular challenges in pursuing and maintaining academic and scientific careers. Women are significantly underrepresented at all levels of the academic pipeline, and the very few female students involved in Computing and Mathematical Research need to be aware of their talent and role in the scientific community. Indeed, the scarcity of senior women academicians leads to a lack of critical information about the culture and content required for pursuing careers in the Computer Science and Mathematics. It is for this reason that the Computability in Europe association has been coordinating a Women in Computability programme since 2007, hosted during the annual CiE conference. In 2016 the new ACiE constitution allowed for the possibility of creating special interest groups, and an ACiE Special Interest Group Women in Computability was established.

Our aim is to offer an opportunity to discuss matters related to women in Computer Science and Mathematics and to increase female participation in the CiE conference series. Since 2016, the Women is Computability programme has been sponsored by ACM’s Women in Computing. The programme includes a workshop, the annual Women in Computability dinner, the mentorship programme and a grant programme for young female researchers.

Women in Computability Travel Grants

Thanks to generous sponsorship from ACM-Women, we are able to offer four grants of up to 250 EUR for junior female researchers who want to participate in CiE 2019. Applications for this grant should be sent to Liesbeth De Mol at [email protected], before 23rd June 2019 and should include a short CV (at most 2 pages) and contact information for an academic reference. The grants are subject to availability and applicants will be notified within two days. Preference will be given to junior female researchers who are presenting a paper (including informal presentations) at the conference.

Women in Computability Workshop and dinner

The Women in Computability workshop aims to bring together women in Computing and Mathematical research to present and exchange their academic and scientific experience with young researchers. The meeting will offer the CIE scientific community the opportunity to encourage young students, especially young female researchers, to have active careers in the mathematical and computational sciences. The CIE community will also discuss the status of women in Computability research. The workshop is followed by the annual Women in Computability dinner to which all participants are cordially invited.

Women in Computability Workshop Programme

The Women in Computability Workshop has invited the following Speakers.
Erika Ábrahám (RWTH Aachen University)
Ursula Martin (University of Oxford)
Sara Uckelman (Durham University)

Mentorship Programme

The mentorship programme allows junior female researchers to meet senior women in their field, discuss career issues with them and get their support. Junior female researchers who wish to participate in this programme will be assigned a mentor for the duration of the conference with whom they will meet several times, including a dinner invitation with other junior researchers and their mentors. We hope that the ties between mentor and mentee will be strong enough to allow continued discussions after the CiE conference and that this initiative will help to foster a strong community among women in computing and mathematical research.

If you are a junior female researcher, please contact Liesbeth De Mol at [email protected] to be added to the list of participants. If you are an established female researcher and would like to participate as a mentor, we would be very happy about an e-mail as well.

The local organization of Women in Computability 2019 is carried out by Siani Smith and Abdul Ghani with help from the Women in Computability Special Interest Group and the CiE 2019 organizers