Better Balance in Informatics (BBI) is hosting a womENcourage pre-event in September

Welcome to a celebration of women in computer science! In connection to the digital womENcourage-conference we are hosting a physical event in Tromsø 21.-22nd of September. This pre-event is a great opportunity for networking within the Norwegian computer science community.

 Welcome to Tromsø

We welcome students on all levels, Ph.D.-fellows, post-docs, and all academic staff to join us in celebrating women in computer science 21.-22nd of Septemeber!

Registration is closed

Better Balance in Informatics (UiT) and IDUN (NTNU) are hosting this event in Tromsø. On Tuesday 21st of September we offer networking opportunities and workshops. Thematically this day will focus on the importance of recruting more women to computer science, and how to succeed at this. We end the day with a wonderfull dinner for all the participants. On the 22nd of September participants can choose to follow the digital workshops of womENcourage. Thereafter we take lunch together, before following the official opening of the digital conference.

We encourage participation from all genders.

womENcourage is the 8th ACM Celebration of women in computing, and this years event is taking place digitally from Prague (22.-24th of September). Registration to follow this event is mandatory. We kindly ask that you upload confirmation of your womENcourage registration in our registration form. Registration fees will be reimbursed.

Confirmed speakers: Anne Håkansson (UiT), Valentina Lenarduzzi (LUT University), Letizia Jaccheri (NTNU), Ilias Pappas (UiA), Anniken Karlsen (NTNU)

Program: The program is still subject to change.

Tuesday 21st of September

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø

09:30 Registration/Morning coffe

10:00 Welcome and opening talks

  • Anne Håkansson Computer Science: Women matter!
  • Letizia Jaccheri BBI- and IDUN projects
  • Valentina Lenarduzzi It is never to late
  • Illias Pappas From PhD to Professor -My journey
  • Anniken Karlsen Equality and Diversity in academia: Reflections by the Equality and Diversity Ombud at NTNU Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

11:30 Madness session (1-min talks)

Madness sessions are built upon short one minute talks from each participant. Each speaker is allowed one power-point slide where they introduce themselfs (name, affiliation, research interest), so that the one minute talk can be focused on their topic. This is a great format for networking, where brief presentations can be followed by longer conversations between participants during the conference.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Madness session continues

14:00 Workshop session (parallell sessions)

  1. From student to PhD: informing, empowering, motivating and recruiting students to academic careers (Alis Wilson, Meghan Bradway)

    14.00 Warmup

    14.15 Jepardy session

    15.00 Break

    15.15: Speech from Soudabeh Khodambashi

    15.30 Problem workshop

    16.00 Break

    16.15: Continue problem workshop Conclusion and reflection

  2. From PhD to professor (Chiara Bordin, Mara Diaconu) with:

    Gunnar Hartvigsen,  Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway                                                                  Mariana Curado Malta,  Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal                                                             Katrien de Moor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

  3. Artificial Intelligence (Kerstin Bach), program found via the link.
  4. Communicating and disseminating computer science research (Valentina Lenarduzzi)

17:00 End

Evening: Dinner at Fjellstua cafe 19:30.

The Fjellheisen (cable car) which will transport you to Fjellstua Cafe is about 15 min by buss from sentrum.

Wednesday 22st of September

Venue: UiT Campus Tromsø

09:00-11:30 Participants can follow the digital womENcourage conference (independently)

Note that Letizia Jaccheri (IDUN/BBI) will be hosting an online tutorial on at 9AM: Attracting, retaining, encouraging, and inspiring women to pursue a career in Computer Science -a Norwegian best practice.

You must be registered to the digital womENcourage conferecne to follow this tutorial.

11:30 Lunch (Campus Tromsø)

13:00 We follow the official opening of the womENcourage conference (streaming, TEO-H6 aud.3, Campus Tromsø)

13:30 We follow the womENcourage keynote talks (streaming, TEO-H6 aud.3, Campus Tromsø)

15:00 The official event in Tromsø ends.

Those who wish can continue to follow the womENcourage stream on campus Tromsø until 18:00

The full womENcourage-program can be found here:




How do I register?

To register for the physical event in Tromsø please use this link: Registration

Registrations are open until the 23rd of August.

All participants are asked to contribute a poster OR a one-minute talk to be presentend on the 21st of September. We will run a 'Madness session' for the talks, followed by a poster and mingling session. For the 'Madness session' we ask that you upload one single power-point slide with your name, affiliation, topic and contact info (to be shown while you conduct your talk). Your talk or poster can be on any topic related to your work or diversity in computer science.

Please remember to also register for the digital womENcourage, the 8th AMC celebration of women in science. Early registrations end on 20th of July.

You are yourself responsible for booking flights and hotel. There are rooms available at the main venue, Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø. Use this link for booking.

Participants contributing to the conference with a poster or a one-minute talk will be eligible for reimbursement (womENcourage conference fee, flights and up to two hotel nights). You will receive information on how to apply for reimbursment in your acceptance lettere.

If the capacity of the conference venue is reached, or we have to limit the number of participants due to corona infection risk guidelines changing, early registrations will have priority.

Read more about Better Balance in Informatics

Read more about IDUN


Starter: 21.09.21 kl 09.00
Slutter: 22.09.21 kl 15.00
Hvor: Tromsø
Sted: Tromsø
Målgruppe: Studenter, Gjester / eksterne, Inviterte, Enhet, Ansatte
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