1st Summit on Gender Equality in Computing (GEC 2019)
June 7, 2019, Athens, Greece Venue: Kostis Palamas Building, 48 Akadimias str. & Sina str., AthensOrganized by The Greek ACM-W Chapter
The 1st Summit on Gender Equality in Computing, organized by the Greek ACM-W Chapter, will take place in Athens, Greece on June 7, 2019.
The Summit aims at promoting gender-equal access to the computer-related scientific frontiers, encouraging and educating women and men in an equal way to achieve their goals and utilize their potential in digital professions. The goal of the Summit is also to celebrate and disseminate the achievements of computer professionals in a fair and gender-equal way.
The Summit aims to bring together students, researchers and professionals in the field of Computer Science to (a) to present and share their achievements and experience in the computing field, (b) discuss and understand the reasons why there is gender disparity in individuals opting for Computer Science and Engineering, (c) share experiences and stories, and (d) come up with incentives and measures to reduce gender inequalities in the field.
Panagiota Fatourou, University of Crete & Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)
She is also a trained executive/personal coach, group facilitator/trainer, and meditation teacher, and brings an evidenced-based approach to this work through a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Practice from UEL.
Yannis Ioannidis, ATHENA Research and Innovation Center & National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Yannis Ioannidis is the President and General Director of the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center as well as a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is also serving a 2-year term (2018-2020) as the Secretary/Treasurer of ACM.
Yannis has served as the ACM SIGMOD Chair (July 2009-June 2013), following a 4-year term as Vice-Chair, and is or has been a member of several other executive bodies of professional organizations and Scientific Advisory Boards. In 2017, Professor Yannis E. Ioannidis received the 2017 ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award for his sustained leadership and dedicated service to the database community, especially as part of the SIGMOD Executive Committee and the VLDB Endowment.
Maria Kordaki, Department of Cultural Technology, University of the Aegean
Mrs Maria Kordaki holds a PhD in Educational Technology, a Masters in
Education, a Diploma in civil engineering and a Bachelor in Mathematics from the
University of Patras, Greece. She is associate professor of Educational Technology in
the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the
Aegean, Greece. She has also been a collaborative professor in the Hellenic Open
University since 2004 (14 years). During the last decade she has had also served as
adjunct assistant Professor in the Dept of Computer Engineering and Informatics (10
years) and in the Department of Mathematics, University of Patras, Greece (4 years).
Dr Kordaki has also rich experience in teacher education as a school advisor (12
years) and deputy of the teacher training center of the Western Greek region (5 years).
Her research focuses on Gender and Computing as well as Gender and STEM
education, technology-supported learning design, focusing on critical and creative
thinking within various educational settings including: paper and pencil, online,
blended, collaborative and technology-based learning as well as educational digital
storytelling, digital game-based learning, Computer Science Education, and the use of
social and constructivist learning theories in the design of educational
microworlds. Professor Kordaki also serves on the editorial board of various
international and national Conferences, and Journals. Finally, she has published over
220 scientific papers and 18 books. Her research works have received more than 1000
citations. A detailed curriculum of associate Professor Maria Kordaki is available at:
Aristotle Tympas, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Aristotle Tympas (firstname.lastname@example.org) (PhD in History, Technology, Society, 2001, and Msc
in Technology and Science Policy, 1995, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology;
Diploma in Chemical Engineering, Aristotelio University, 1989) is a professor at the History
and Philosophy of Science Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
(NKUA). A specialist in the study of computing and related technologies from the perspective
of history and the rest of the humanities and the social sciences, he has written books and
articles that pay attention to the gender-technology relationship (recently: Calculation and
Computation in the Pre-Electronic Era, Springer, 2017, and Analog Labor, Digital Capital,
Angelus Novus, 2018, in Greek). He currently serves as chair of the management committee
of the ‘Tensions of Europe: Research Network on History, Technology and Europe’ (ToE),
vice-president of research of the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science
and Technology (ESST), president of the Scientific Council of the Greek Documentation
Centre (EKT), and director of the new graduate program ‘Science, Technology,
Society—Science and Technology Studies’ that is offered jointly by his home department and
NKUA’s Department of Informatics and Telecommunications.
Computer Science is Female
In this presentation, I will share the great experiences I have had in working with female colleagues, collaborators, and members of my team in research, teaching, service, administration, policy making, and other activities I have been involved in. I will also give some not so positive examples of cases that involved highly gender unbalanced groups. I will, then, try to reverse engineer my observations and explain why the presence of females in highly technical work environments is so important and/or why having gender balanced teams in such environments is so beneficial. Finally, I will attempt to outline some steps that we may take to increase the presence of females at all levels of computer science education and then in academic and industrial positions of authority and leadership.
On super chickens, red threads and small actions that can have a big impact
The path for women in computer science can be challenging. But we also have more power than we think to make choices, where even small actions and simple choices can have a big impact. We can do this for ourselves by defining and owning our own paths, becoming more aware of our strengths and the red thread that gives coherence and meaning to our work. We can also do this collectively, recognizing that all our efforts build on work with and by a huge number of colleagues, and learning to become a super colleague, not a super chicken, and choosing kinder, more compassionate, and more solution-focussed ways of engaging.
Invisible mechanisms of reproduction of gender stereotypes in computing: Findings from
A wealth of studies by computing professionals and their societies have shown that biases in
regards to the number and role of women have yet to disappear, despite the absence of
legal/visible barriers that discourage women from considering (and managing to have) a
successful career in computing. Recent research on the issue from the perspective of the
humanities suggests that these biases are strongly linked to invisible mechanisms of
reproduction of gender stereotypes. Aristotle Tympas will introduce to relevant findings by a
Greek team of researchers, who have been studying computing advertisements in various
media (e.g. home technology periodicals). The research of this team covers several decades,
from the introduction of mainframes after the 1950s and home/personal computers by the
early 1980s to the emergence of the internet, the web, cyberspace, social media and
technologies of handling big data.
Very few females in Greek Computing Education: Why is the landscape thus?
This talk attempts to provide a clear picture about the landscape of females in Greek
Computing Education during the decade 2003-2012, in both; Tertiary and Secondary levels.
The data are coming from the Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT) and reflect the number
of females and males in Computing and STEM [Science (including Physics, Chemistry,
Biology), Engineering and Math] Education in terms of: (a) secondary-level education
schoolteachers, (b) tertiary-level undergraduate (freshmen, graduates) and graduate studies
(master’s degree graduates and PhD’s) and (c) tertiary-level education faculty members
(lecturers, associate professors, assistant professors and professors). Comparisons between
the females’ and males’ representation in all the afore-mentioned levels of Computing and
STEM Education will be also drawn. The analysis of the data shows that females are under-
represented in comparison to their male counterparts in all Computing education levels.
Females in Computing education are also under-represented compared to their female
counterparts in the rest of the disciplines of STEM education with the exception of female
Computing teachers at all levels of secondary education. To give some interpretations of the
abovementioned results the main reasons for females’ under-representation in Computing
education will be also presented using secondary data coming from the international
literature as well as primary data emerging from case studies in Greek Computing
departments as well as in secondary schools. Based on these interpretations, proposals for
future research dimensions and suggestions for the treatment of the phenomenon of
females’ under-representation in Computing education will be given.
Professional Development Track
Women face a unique set of opportunities and challenges — both at a professional and personal level. The Professional Development track provides a platform for attendees to learn and discuss a wide variety of topics to help support one another and advance their careers. Submissions that present a unique perspective with clear takeaways are preferred. Topics of interest for the Professional Development track include but are not limited to:
• Topics that are relevant to academia, including managing an academic career, work-life balance, mentoring students and junior colleagues, networking, getting research funding, publishing research results, finding and maintaining productive collaborations, etc.
• Topics related to broadening participation in computing in higher education to engage a more diverse student body: pedagogical interventions, culturally sensitive teaching and research initiatives, outreach initiatives, recruitment and retention strategies, etc.
• Topics that are relevant to career management and mastery, including professional brand and presence, career paths for technical, business, and management, collaborating and managing upwards and sideways, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, crucial and difficult conversations in the workplace, defining balance and success in career.
Magda Constantelou, IBM Human Resources Director for Greece and Cyprus
Mrs. Magda Constantelou is the IBM Human Resources Director for Greece and Cyprus. She joined IBM in 2001 and during her career she held important HR positions both at local and European level until 2013 where she took over the Human Resources Division of the company for both countries. Before IBM, she worked in different roles in the Banking and Energy sectors. She holds a Bachelor Degree in business management from Athens University of Economics and Business and an MA degree in Organizational Behavior from Lancaster University in UK.
Effi Psychogiou, Tech Cloud Customer Success Senior Director, Oracle ECEMEA
Effi Psychogiou is Oracle’s Tech Cloud Customer Success Senior Director for South Europe and Russia since 2015. She started her cooperation with Oracle UK in 1993 as a Product Developer, and since 1996 she is part of Oracle Hellas’ team having served in various positions like Technology Sales Consultant & Manager, Strategic Sales Initiatives Manager for EE & CIS, Enterprise Architecture & Cloud Director and Big Data Business Development Director for ECEMEA. She started her career in BICC Information Systems and Services UK as a Software Engineer. She holds a BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Digital Electronics from Kings College London, University of London and an MSc Data Communications, Networking and Distributed Systems University College London, University of London.
Natalia Manola, Managing Director, OpenAire
Natalia Manola is a research associate in “Athena” Research and Innovation Center and in the University of Athens, Department of Informatics & Telecommunications. She holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has several years of employment as a Software Engineer and Architect employed in the Bioinformatics commercial sector. She is the managing director of OpenAIRE (www.openaire.eu) since 2009, a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results, the coordinator of OpenMinTeD (www.openminted.eu) an infrastructure on text and data mining, and is now involved in the implementation of HELIX, the Greek e-Infrastructure for research. She has expertise in Open Science policies and implementation, and she currently serves in the EOSC Executive Board and the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC High Level Advisory Group to Commissioner Moedas to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. Her research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, text and data mining complex data visualization, and research analytics. Natalia has also served in the EC Future Emerging Technology (FET) Advisory Group (2013-2017).
Thalia Andriopoulou, HR Manager, ATOS
Thalia Andriopoulou, is a member of the Atos family the past 10 years.
After completing her Bachelor degree in Business Administration and
Management she continued her academic career with a Master Degree in
Currently and after an accelerating career with various global and local
roles she holds the role of HR Manager Greece & Global Diversity Spoc for
She has proven her excellent managerial & communication skills,
capability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure, both on her
own initiative and in a team environment. Her discipline and
determination to meet deadlines of demanding projects is one of her
Evgenia Vagianou, Deree - The American College of Greece
Evgenia Vagianou is the Head of the Information Technology department at the American
College of Greece, founder of the Project-Based Learning Workgroup, and faculty of Information
Technology in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, teaching in the pathway of Software Development
Her main research interest is in external representations, as they relate to problem solving and the
learning process. Her current research span threshold concepts in learning programming, teaching and
learning practices and curriculum development for virtual learning environments, and factors of the
overall student experience that significantly contribute to the learning process. Professor Vagianou has
lead several in-house technology projects, and has also served as the Head of the Computer Information
Systems department at Deree from 2008 to 2010, and Director of Academic Computing from 2010 to
Poster Track: Research and Profession in Computing
The Poster Session solicits posters from all areas of Computer
Science and aims to offer the opportunity to undergraduate,
graduate and PhD students as well as young researchers and
professionals of any gender to engage with other researchers and
professionals in the field, disseminate research work, receive
comments, practice presentation skills, benefit from discussing ideas
with other researchers. Submissions should present novel ideas,
designs, techniques, systems, tools, evaluations, scientific
investigations, methodologies, social issues or policy issues related
to any area of computing. Authors may submit original work or
versions of previously published work. Posters are ideal for
presenting early stage research.
Poster Abstract Due: May 10, 2019
Poster Acceptance Notification: May 20, 2019
Final Poster Due: May 30, 2019
Maria Virvou, Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece
Why do soft skills matter in the hiring and career development process?
As emerging digital trends transform the business world, new technological and digital skills are considered necessary and crucial to have, more than ever before. At the same time, it appears that the so-called 'soft skills' play an increasingly important role in the workplace as they facilitate the co-operation between the members of a team and contribute to the career development and advancement of a professional. In a recent survey of Linked in's professional social platform, 57% of business leaders think soft skills are more important than hard skills. But what are the skills and capabilities that fit into 'soft skills', why are they important to the company and how can we improve them?
Soft skills and the misconceptions that hinder the involvement of women in computing and technology.
A discussion about the experience of women as students, researchers, academics, and
professionals in computing related fields. The facts about women’s involvement and contribution and
the impact of stereotypes and culture. When does the challenge begin? How self-awareness of soft skills
can influence the mindset of young women. Observations on a technology classroom. The importance of
role models and educators.
All submissions will be peer reviewed by the Poster Evaluation
Committee. Accepted submissions will be archived on the event
website (but there will be no proceedings). A submission may have
one or more authors of any gender. At least one author of each
accepted submission is expected to attend the summit to present
the ideas discussed in the submission.
Registration is now closed. The GEC 2019 registration desk will be operating on-site throughout the day of the event.