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.


General Chairs:

Poster Session Chair:


Keynote Speaker

Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Human Computer Interaction Group, TU Wien
Geraldine Fitzpatrick (Geri Fitz) is a full professor and head of the Human Computer Interaction Group at TU Wien, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. She holds a BInfTech (Hons) and a PhD in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, both from University of Queensland.

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.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Keynote Speaker

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: http://www.ct.aegean.gr/data/Kordaki.pdf

Keynote Speaker

Aristotle Tympas, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Aristotle Tympas (tympas@phs.uoa.gr) (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.

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.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Keynote Speaker

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).

Keynote Speaker

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 Industrial Psychology. Currently and after an accelerating career with various global and local roles she holds the role of HR Manager Greece & Global Diversity Spoc for Unify. 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 known virtues.

Keynote Speaker

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 2012.

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.

Important Dates

Poster Abstract Due: May 10, 2019
Poster Acceptance Notification: May 20, 2019
Final Poster Due: May 30, 2019
Call for posters

Poster Evaluation Committee

  • Panagiota Fatourou, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas & University of Crete, Greece
  • Paraskevi Fragopoulou, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas & Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece
  • Vana Kalogeraki, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
  • Ioanna Kantzavellou, University of West Attica, Greece
  • Akrivi Katifori, Athena Research Center, Greece
  • Maria Kordaki, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Georgia Koutrika, Athena Research Center, Greece
  • Katerina Mania, Technical University of Crete, Greece
  • Grammati Pantziou, University of West Attica, Greece
  • Evaggelia Pitoura, University of Ioannina, Greece
  • Mema Roussopoulos, University of Athens, Greece
  • Maria Roussou, University of Athens, Greece
  • Cleo Sgouropoulou, University of West Attica, Greece
  • Afroditi Tsalgatidou, University of Athens, Greece
  • Athina Vakali, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Maria Virvou, Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece

Submission Instructions

Poster abstracts are to be submitted electronically through EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gec2019. Submissions should introduce the area in which the work has been done and should emphasize the importance of the contribution. All submissions must be in English, in pdf format. They must not exceed one page in length and use the ACM conference publication format.

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.

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