Research and Society

This section “Women in ICT Research and Education” has been coordinated by Lynda Hardman, CWI

Lynda Hardman

by the guest editor Lynda Hardman

The informatics and mathematics communities suffer from an affliction common to many technical and scientific fields, that fewer than 30% of those who choose to study and continue their profession in the field are women. This leads to a masculine-oriented culture that unwittingly discriminates against women.

by Jane Hillston

Informatics Europe is a membership organization for university departments and research laboratories aiming to create a strong common voice to safeguard, shape and stimulate quality research and teaching in Informatics in Europe. There are currently over 90 member institutions across 25 countries. The organization has a number of working groups, including WIRE, Women in ICST Research and Education, which works to promote actions that contribute to improve gender balance in Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies.

by Katja Abrahamsson, Letizia Jaccheri and Harald Øverby

This paper presents insights from a leadership programme for women in academic positions in Computing Sciences with the goal of helping to advance their scientific careers. This is a joint programme between the Department of Computer and Information Science, and the Department of Telematics at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

by Line Berg

Ten years ago, girls represented only 16% of the applicants to Science and Technology studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). This year that percentage share exceeded 30%. In the same period the absolute number of female applicants more than tripled. This is a consequence of focused and targeted work from NTNU, which has required long-term dedication and channelling of resources – both time and money.

by Reyyan Ayfer and Bev Bachmayer

ACM President Alex Wolf welcomed the participants at the opening of ACM-W Europe womENcourage 2015 Celebration of Women in Computing by effectually pointing out: “We would not be here at all if there was not a problem in our community. I want to make sure that all of us understand that this is not a women’s problem! This is a community problem! And it takes everyone to solve this problem.”

by Pavlos Hatzopoulos, Nelli Kambouri and Kathy Kikis-Papadakis

A research project on "Gender, Science and Innovation in Greece" is focusing on gender issues in research institutions. Its recommendations were recently publicised by the Educational Research and Evaluation (ERE) Group of the Foundation for Research and Technology – FORTH.

by Veronika Nowak

The low percentage of women in ICT professional fields is a well-documented issue. With IT courses still being dominated by male students – for example, only 16% of students in TU Wien’s informatics programs are female – it is still a challenge for organizations to increase numbers of female employees. How is a research centre like SBA Research (Vienna, Austria) performing in this regard?

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