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ECWT starts collaboration with ACM, ABI and NCWIT

ECWT Executive is delighted to announce that 2014/2015 has resulted in a major breakthrough in ECWT’s Trans-Atlantic network in women and technology: Collaboration is starting with the ACM-W, the Anita Borg Institute, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

First out a brief presentation of ACM, ACM Europe, ACM-W, and ACM-WE.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the art, science, engineering, and application of information technology, serving both professional and public interests by fostering the open interchange of information and by promoting the highest professional and ethical standards. Membership in ACM is open to any person or institution subscribing to the purposes of the Association.

ACM is the founder of ACM Europe. ACM Europe has been established as a private foundation with a not-for-profit purpose pursuant to Title II of the Belgian law. The ACM Europe Council is the Foundation’s principal governing body and the ACM Europe Council is chartered as the focal point for ACM’s interaction with the European computing community. The goal of ACM Europe is to serve the European members of ACM by improving the exchange of ideas, and by raising awareness with the public and with European decision-makers of important technical, educational, and social issues related to computing. The ACM Europe Council is actively working on increasing the visibility and participation of Europeans in ACM activities and senior volunteer positions. In addition, the ACM Europe Council is promoting a higher number of nominations of Europeans to the various ACM advanced member grades and awards.

The ACM-W Committee on Women supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in larger communities to advance the contributions of technical women.

The ACM-W Europe committee (ACM-WE) established in July 2012, works to fulfill the ACM-W mission in Europe. The vision of ACM-WE is to cultivate and inspire people about the opportunities in computer science and clear the pathways throughout Europe for women in computing. The goals of the committee are to raise awareness of the importance of women being in the computer profession. In collaboration with ECWT ACM-W desires to promote new ways of facing the challenges of the next generation of women in computing and work with the EU and the European Commission on programs related to women.

The ACM-WE committee has organized the first women courage Celebration of Women in Computing on March 1, 2014, at Manchester University, UK and the second women courage will be held on September 24-26, 2015 at Uppsala, Sweden.

A more detailed presentation of ABI and NCWIT will follow in the next Newsletters!