Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

May 9, 2017

Minerva Informatics Equality Award

Informatics Europe is still accepting nominations for the second Minerva Informatics Equality Award devoted to initiatives which seek to encourage and support the careers of women in Informatics research and education. The second of this annual award will be presented in October 2017 and is sponsored by Google. The Award carries a prize of EUR 5,000.


Full nominations: 1 June 2017
Notification of winner(s): 1 August 2017


The Informatics Europe Minerva Informatics Equality Award recognizes best practices in Departments or Faculties of European universities or research labs that have been demonstrated to have a positive impact for women. On a three-year cycle the award will focus each year on a different stage of the career pipeline:

  • Developing the careers of female faculty, including retention and promotion
  • Supporting the transition of female PhD and postdoctoral researchers into faculty positions
  • Encouraging female students to enroll in Computer Science/Informatics programmes and retaining them.

The 2017 Award is devoted to initiatives supporting the transition of female PhD and postdoctoral researchers into faculty positions.

The Award seeks to celebrate successful initiatives that have had a measurable impact on the careers of women within the 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.

For 2017 examples of impact could include an improved career development and better agreements on career planning for female PhD students and postdocs as recorded in objective surveys of staff experience, and increasing numbers of female faculty.

The Award will be given to a Department or Faculty to be used for further work on supporting the transition of female PhD or post-docs to faculty positions. To be eligible, nominated institutions must be located in one of the member or candidate member countries of the Council of Europe, or Israel. Institutions associated with members of the Informatics Europe Board and of the Award panel are not eligible.

The Award panel will review and evaluate each proposal. It reserves the right to split the prize between at most two different proposals.
Moreover, noteworthy runners up may also be included as exemplars of best practice in future Informatics Europe publications.



Proposals should be submitted only at:

The proposal should include:

  • Contact information for the Head of the nominated Department or Faculty and the nominator (who can be the same)
  • A brief summary or abstract (100 words or less) which can be made public.
  • 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 staff members who have benefited from the scheme.

The Award will be presented at the 13th European Computer Science Summit, in Lisbon, 23-25 October 2017, where a representative of the winning institution(s) will be invited to give a talk on their achievements.

Award Panel

Christine Choppy, Professor of Informatics, University Paris 13(SPC), France (Chair); Serge Abiteboul, Senior Researcher, Inria, France (co-chair Comité Parité-Égalité); Tibor Bosse, Associate Professor of Informatics, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands (Gender Equality Officer); Gyöngyi Bujdosó, Professor of Informatics, University Debrecen, Hungary; Monica Divitini, Professor in Cooperation Technologies, IDI-NTNU, Norway; Anna Ingólfsdóttir, Professor of Informatics, University Reykjavik,Iceland; Mema Roussopoulos, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Athens, Greece; Letizia Tanca, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Further inquiries:

May 1, 2017

Amazon Women in Innovation student bursary video

Filed under: Awards,Encouraging STEM subjects,Girls in STEM,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 10:13 am
Claire Doherty

Claire Doherty

Our Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary student, Claire Doherty, has been featured in a video on Amazon’s website. Claire is one of three women in the UK to be selected for the bursary, which provides funding for up to four years of university as well as access to an Amazon mentor.

The Amazon bursary aims to encourage UK women to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

One undergraduate bursary is available to a UK female student commencing an undergraduate degree in Informatics at the University of Edinburgh in the 2017-2018 academic session.

Read the article:

Watch the video:

Find out how potential students can apply:

March 1, 2017

Athena SWAN Silver Award celebration

Some representatives of the Informatics E&D Committee at the School's Athena SWAN Silver Award celebration, 24 February 2017Representatives of the Equality and Diversity Committee (pictured), were joined by Stephanie Millar, Equality Challenge Unit, staff and students, Friday 24 February, to celebrate our Athena SWAN Silver Award.

See the related School news story.

Attendees also had the opportunity to preview our forthcoming video, Girls in Tech and the first of our student case study films, due to be launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017.

February 23, 2017

Contribution Rewards: Academic Staff

Filed under: Awards,General — hwalker2 @ 1:24 pm

Does an academic you know deserve a Sustained Excellence Contribution (Increment) or Single Exceptional Contribution (Lump Sum payment)?

The deadline for nominations for Academic Staff Contribution Rewards is 9am Monday 13 March.

See guidance and forms at:

Please use the *word* version of the relevant form and return to

Before submission to College, confirmation is required that a P&DR /annual review has been completed in the last 12 months for ALL individual cases coming forward and for ALL direct reports that the employee manages.

For further information email Irene Madison:

February 9, 2017

Nominations open for WISE Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the WISE Awards which recognise inspiring organisations and individuals actively addressing promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls and women.

The categories are:

  • WISE Toy Award sponsored by Thales
  • WISE Talent Award sponsored by AWE
  • WISE Apprenticeship Programme Award sponsored by Aveva
  • WISE Employer Award sponsored by BAM Nuttall
  • WISE Man Award sponsored by MBDA
  • WISE World Award sponsored by Babcock
  • WISE Tech Innovation Award sponsored by Goldman Sachs
  • WISE Technology & Engineering in Health sponsored by the Chief Scientific Officer at NHS England
  • WISE Woman in Industry sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC
  • WISE One to Watch Award sponsored by Intel

Further details are given below. Nominations close 5pm Friday 23 June 2017.

WISE Toy Award
For the best toy or game for girls (up to age 11) to get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and maths.

WISE Talent Award
Highlighting a recruitment campaign that has proved effective for getting women into science, technology, engineering, or construction – in jobs, board roles, apprenticeships or as students.

WISE Apprenticeship Programme Award
For the best apprenticeship programme for women’s recruitment, participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing, or other apprenticeship framework where women are in a minority.

WISE Employer Award
For a WISE member company or organisation evidencing great things. Nominees must demonstrate progress in gender balance at all levels and above industry averages.

WISE Man Award
This Award is for men who are agents of change, improving gender balance in their organisation and beyond. Judges will be looking for evidence of their actions in education or industry that go beyond their day job and which have delivered results.

WISE World Award
This category is for nominees who are making a difference to society and have an inspirational story which will capture the imagination of girls; showing them that through science, technology and engineering they could make a difference, not only to people’s lives, but also influencing big societal challenges like the environment, food production, safe transport, and cybercrime.

WISE Tech Innovation Award
Are you a woman or female team working in a tech start-up, open source, gaming, cyber security, web development or for an app? Nominations are welcomed from individuals or a team or project. Judges will be looking for an emphasis on creativity and innovation in the use of technology that will inspire other women to follow your example.

WISE Technology & Engineering in Health
This Award champions a woman who uses science, technology, and engineering to improve health. Judges will be looking for evidence of collaboration between health and other sectors/industries. Nominees are asked to present evidence of the health advances delivered through technology, physics or engineering in patient care, treatment or diagnosis, and to demonstrate how these advances link with the wider picture of scientific and technological innovation.

WISE Woman in Industry
For a woman in a STEM career and in a leadership role, but not necessarily on a board. You will have broken through the glass ceiling and will inspire others by showing what it is possible to achieve. You may have occasionally appeared in the media or spoken at industry events, but not received honours and are not widely known in business or the media. WISE are looking for new faces who could sit on boards, be a speaker and a role model to show women at the early stages of their career what they can achieve.

WISE One to Watch Award
This Award is designed to identify and share the amazing stories of girls and young women who are passionate about science, engineering, maths and technology and good at what they do – particularly girls who would not otherwise have thought STEM was for them. Open to women aged 21 and under on the date of the Awards, 9 November 2017, who are trailblazing and will light a fire under the next generation. The winner will be chosen from 10 finalists on the night via audience participation.

Find out more here:

January 12, 2017

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture

Nominations are open for the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award, given each year to a woman for their outstanding work in any field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The recipient of the £30k award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM in their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.

Deadline for nominations: 6pm 30 January 2017.

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