Computability in Europe 2009
Mathematical Theory and Computational Practice
Heidelberg, Germany, 19-24 July 2009
CiE   University of Heidelberg

Women in Computability

A programme funded by the Elsevier Foundation

The Steering Committee of the conference series CiE-CS is concerned with the representation of female researchers in the field of computability. It is a well known fact that computational subjects do not have a proper representation of women at all levels. This situation perpetuates itself:  without female role models in positions of responsibility, it will remain difficult to motivate young female researchers for an academic career.

The series CiE-CS has actively tried to increase female participation at all levels in the past four years. In 2007 and 2008, we organized "Women in Computability" workshops. Since 2008, our efforts are being funded by a grant of the Elsevier Foundation under the title "Increasing representation of female researchers in the computability community". As part of this grant, we will have another workshop, a grant scheme for female researchers, a mentorship programme, and free childcare.


Workshop "Women in Computability"


Elsevier Foundation Travel Grant

We are offering up to five travel grants for junior female researchers to come to CiE 2009. These grants cover the registration fee (at the early rate) plus a travel reimbursement of up to 300 EUR (after you submit original receipts). In order to be considered for this grant, please send an e-mail to Elvira Mayordomo with the following information: abrief motivation, a short CV (at most two pages), and contact information for an academic reference. Preference will be given to applicants who present a paper (including informal presentations). Please submit your application before 1 May 2009. Decisions will be communicated in mid May.

Mentorship Programme

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. If you are a junior female researcher, please contact Elvira Mayordomo to be added to the list of participants. If you are an established female researcher and would like to participate as a mentor,  we would be very happy about an e-mail as well.

Childcare Programme

The added difficulties of combining family planning and a research career are often considered an obstacle for the improvement of female representation in some fields. In order to deal with this, we want to make it easy for young participants to bring their young children to CiE conferences by providing free childcare for them. If you would like to have childcare at CiE 2009, please contact Felicitas Hirsch as soon as possible for further arrangements.