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Women in Computability

Women in Computibility Workshop

20 June 2012
Sponsored by Elsevier
Coordinator: Mariya Soskova

Women in Computer Science and Mathematics face particular challenges in pursuing and maintaining academic and scientific careers. Women are significantly underrepresented at all levels of the academic pipeline, while the very few female students involved in Computing and Mathematical Research need to be aware of their talent and role in the scientific community. Indeed, the scarcity of senior women academicians produces the lack of critical information about the culture and content required for pursuing careers in the mathematical sciences.

The Women in Computability workshop aims to bring together women in Computing and Mathematical research to present and exchange their academic and scientific experience with young researchers. The meeting will offer the CIE scientific community the opportunity to encourage young students, especially young female researchers, to have active careers in the mathematical and computational sciences. The CIE community will also discuss on the status of women in Computability research.


Programme including contributions by:


  • Dorit Aharonov (Jerusalem): Has experience of studying and working in a number of different universities in Israel and the US. See the 2005 Nature profile of her as one of four "young theorists... who are making waves in their chosen fields." Currently travelling with her 4-month-old son, so we can expect something specially relevant - childcare arrangements permitting!
  • Lenore Blum (Carnegie Mellon): Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science at MIT. Actively supportive of girls and women in mathematics and science over many years, including founding role, and President of Association for Women in Mathematics 1975-78, and faculty advisor at Carnegie Mellon to Women@SCS
  • Ann Copestake (Cambridge): For a number of years alternated between Stanford University in California, and Cambridge, and is now Professor in Computational Linguistics in the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory, and on the Governing Body of Wolfson College. Has a wealth of experience of the differences between the US and the British university systems.

Mentorship Programme (tbc)

The mentorship programme allows junior female researchers to meet senior women in their field, discuss career issues with them and get their support. Junior female researchers who wish to participate in this programme will be assigned a mentor for the duration of the conference with whom they will meet several times, including a dinner invitation with other junior researchers and the mentors. We hope that the ties between mentor and mentee will be strong enough to allow continued discussions after the CiE conference.

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