[ecoop-info] June 1 Submission Deadline for 2018 Minerva Informatics Equality Award

Svetlana Tikhonenko svetlana.tikhonenko at informatics-europe.org
Thu May 3 12:15:34 CEST 2018

Minerva Informatics Equality Award

2018 Edition
"Recruiting and Supporting Female Students"

Presented by Informatics Europe
Sponsored by Google

Call for Submissions Still Open


Informatics Europe is still accepting submissions for the third Minerva 
Informatics Equality Award devoted to initiatives which seek to 
encourage and support the careers of women in Informatics research and 
education. The third of this annual award will be presented in October 
2018 and is sponsored by Google.

The Informatics Europe Minerva Informatics Equality Award recognizes 
best practices in Departments or Faculties of European Universities or 
Research Institutes and Labs that have been demonstrated to have a 
positive impact for women. On a three-year cycle the award will focus 
each year on a different stage of the career pipeline:

  * Developing the careers of female faculty, including retention and
  * Supporting the transition of female PhD and postdoctoral researchers
    into faculty positions;
  * Encouraging female students to enroll in Computer
    Science/Informatics programmes and retaining them.

The 2018 Award is devoted to initiatives encouraging female students to 
enroll in Computer Science/Informatics programmes and retaining them.

The Award seeks to celebrate successful initiatives that have had a 
measurable impact on the recruitment and support of female students 
within the institution. Such initiatives can serve as exemplars of best 
practices within the community, with the potential to be widely adopted 
by other institutions. Submissions will need to demonstrate the impact 
that has been achieved.

For 2018 examples of impact could include fostering gender balance in 
all aspects of students’ education, better admission, recruitment and 
graduation rates for female students, better gender ratio of students 
receiving stipends, scholarships and other financial support, improved 
curriculum, designed based on gender analysis, as recorded in objective 
surveys of staff and student experience, etc.

*The Award carries a prize of EUR 5,000.*

The Award will be given to a Department or Faculty to be used for 
further work on enforcing the recruitment and support of female 
students. To be eligible, nominated institutions must be located in one 
of the member or candidate member countries of the Council of Europe, or 
Israel. Institutions associated with members of the Informatics Europe 
Board and of the Award panel are not eligible.

The Award panel will review and evaluate each proposal. It reserves the 
right to split the prize between different applications. Moreover, 
noteworthy runners up may also be included as exemplars of best practice 
in future Informatics Europe publications.


Proposals should be submitted only at:

The proposal should include:

  * Contact information for the Head/Director of the nominated
    Department or Faculty and the nominator (who can be the same);
  * A brief summary or abstract (100 words or less) which can be made
  * Description of the initiative (max 2 pages);
  * Evidence of its impact (max 2 pages);
  * An optional reference list (which may include URLs of supporting
  * Optionally, one or two letters of support. The letters of support
    may come, for example, from female staff members who have benefited
    from the scheme;
  * An indication of whether the submission can be considered as a
    runner up (if it does not win the award) and be included as an
    exemplar of best practice in future Informatics Europe publications.



  * Full submissions: June 1, 2018
  * Notification of winner(s): August 1, 2018

The Award will be presented at the 14th European Computer Science Summit 
<http://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/home.html>, in Gothenburg 
(Sweden), October 8-10, 2018, where a representative of the winning 
institution(s) will be invited to give a talk on their achievements.

Award Panel:

  * Panagiota Fatourou, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas
    (FORTH) and University of Crete, Greece (Chair)
  * Liliana Cucu, INRIA, France
  * Susan Eisenbach,  Imperial College London, UK
  * Rachid Guerraoui, EPFL, Switzerland
  * Patricia Lago, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  * Kurt Mehlhorn, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Germany
  * Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Romania
  * Assaf Schuster, Technion, Israel

Further inquiries:

minerva-award at informatics-europe.org

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