[ecoop-info] Call for Submissions - 2021 Minerva Informatics Equality Award

Franziska Hauffe franziska.hauffe at informatics-europe.org
Thu Mar 4 09:52:40 CET 2021

*Minerva Informatics Equality Award* 
*2021 Edition*
*'Recruiting and Supporting Female Students'*

*Presented by Informatics Europe & EUGAIN COST Action*
*Sponsored by Google*

*Call for Submissions Now Open* 

Informatics Europe proudly announces the Minerva Informatics Equality 
Award devoted to initiatives seeking to encourage and support the 
careers of women in Informatics research and education. The sixth of 
these annual awards will be presented in October 2021 and is sponsored 
by Google.

The Informatics Europe Minerva Informatics Equality Award recognises 
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 for PhD and postdoctoral researchers into 
faculty positions;
* Encouraging female students to enrol in Computer Science/Informatics 
programmes and retaining them.

The *2021 Award* is devoted to *gender equality initiatives encouraging 
female students to enrol 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 2021 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 encouraging the recruitment and support of female 
students. To be eligible, institutions must be located in one of the 
member or candidate member countries of the Council of Europe 
<https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/home>, or Israel. Institutions 
associated with members of the Award committee are not eligible.

The Award committee, with participation of members from the EUGAIN COST 
Action <https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19122/>, 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 of the Head/Director of the applying Department or 
Faculty and the responsible for the application (who can be the same);
* A brief summary or abstract (100 words or less) which can be made public;
* 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 students 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: 1 June 2021
* Notification of winner(s): 1 August 2021

The Award Ceremony, jointly organized by EUGAIN 
<https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19122/> and Informatics Europe, will be 
held at the 17th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) 
<http://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/home.html>, 25-27 October 2021 
in Madrid (if the COVID-19 situation allows), where a representative of 
the winning institution(s) will be invited to give a talk on their 

*Award Committee*

* Susan Eisenbach, Imperial College London, UK (Chair)
* Hagit Attiya, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
* Barbora Buhnova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
* Sarah Jane Delany, TU Dublin, Ireland
* Steve Kremer, Inria, France
* Monica Landoni, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
* Brenda Murphy, University of Malta, Malta
* Ute Schmid, University of Bamberg, Germany

*Further inquiries*
minerva-award at informatics-europe.org 
<mailto:minerva-award at informatics-europe.org>

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