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2018 Minerva Informatics Equality Award

Women in Informatics Research and Education (WIRE)   Informatics Europe (IE)

Call for Nominations

The “Minerva Informatics Equality Award” was launched in 2016 by the Women in Informatics Research and Education (WIRE) working group of Informatics Europe (IE). It is devoted to initiatives that encourage and support the careers of women in Informatics research and education. The 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. It has a three-year cycle with emphasis on a different career stage in each year:

1.       developing the careers of female faculty, including retention and promotion;

2.       supporting the transition of female PhD and postdoctoral researchers into faculty positions;

3.       encouraging female students to enroll in Computer Science/Informatics programmes and retaining them.

The focus for the 2018 Award is “Recruiting and Supporting Female Students”.

The Award seeks to celebrate successful initiatives that have had a measurable impact on the recruitment and support of female students within the nominated Institution. Such initiatives can serve as exemplars of best practices within the community, with the potential to be widely adopted by other Institutions.

Nominations will need to demonstrate the impact that has been achieved. Examples of impact 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 €5000 prize provided by generous sponsorship from Google.

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 in Israel. According to the WIRE formal policy, the Institutions with which the evaluation panel members and the IE Board members are affiliated are not eligible to apply for the award. For organizations with more than one Department or Institute, applications coming only from the Department or the Institute with which an evaluation panel member or an IE Board member is affiliated will not be considered.

The Award Evaluation Panel reserves the right to split the prize between different applications.

In addition to the winning applications, runners up could be included as exemplars of best practice in future Informatics Europe publications.


Nominations are to be submitted electronically, through Easychair, at conferences/?conf=minervaieaward2018

They must be in English, in pdf format and at least 11-point font with reasonable margins. Each nomination must begin with a cover page containing:

·            Contact information (full name, postal address, email address, phone number, fax number, URL) for the Head/Director of the nominated Institution and the nominator (who can be the same);

·            A brief summary or abstract (100 words or less) which can be made public;

·            An indication of whether the nomination 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 IE publications.

The proposal should also include:

·            Description of the initiative (max 2 pages);

·            Evidence of its impact (max 2 pages);

·            An optional reference list (which may include URLs of supporting material);

·            Optionally, one or two letters of support. The letters of support may come, for example, from female graduates who have benefited from the scheme when they were students, from female staff members (not directly related to the nominated activity) describing the benefits of the scheme, or from the Dean/Head of the organization of the nominated Institution confirming impact.

Nominations not conforming to the above rules and applications outside of the scope of the current cycle of the Award will be rejected without consideration.

Ceremony Venue

The Award will be presented during the European Computer Science Summit (ECSS), which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 8-10, 2018.

Key Dates

Submission deadline:  June 1, 2018

Winner’s Notification: August 1, 2018
: October 8-10, 2018

Members of the Evaluation Panel

1.       Liliana Cucu, INRIA, France

2.       Susan EisenbachImperial College London, UK

3.       Panagiota Fatourou, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) and University of Crete, Greece (Chair)

4.       Rachid Guerraoui, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

5.       Patricia Lago, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

6.       Kurt Mehlhorn, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Germany

7.       Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Romania

8.       Assaf Schuster, Technion, Israel

Further inquiries