ACM Regional Councils: Outreach on a Global Scale
ACM's Regional Councils and Committees provide grassroots support on a global scale. Based in Europe, India, and China, they raise awareness, visibility and relevance of ACM by sponsoring high-quality conferences, expanding chapters, and encouraging greater participation in all dimensions of the society.
The ACM Europe Council aims to increase the level and visibility of ACM activities across Europe. The Council comprises European computer scientists committed to fostering the visibility and relevance of ACM in Europe, and is focused on a wide range of European ACM activities, including organizing and hosting high-quality ACM conferences, expanding ACM chapters, improving computer science education, and encouraging greater participation of Europeans in all dimensions of ACM.
The mission of ACM-W Europe is to support, celebrate, and advocate internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, as well as advancing the contributions of technical women. It aims to promote the image of computing among women; raise awareness of the importance of women participating in the computing profession; promote awareness of career options; promote new ways of facing the challenges of the next generation of women in computing; establish partnerships with similar existing organizations in Europe; increase participation of women in senior level positions of ACM and its conferences; provide a platform for sharing resources, ideas and experiences; and work with the European Commission and other organizations on programs related to women in computing.
The Committee of European Chapter Leaders (CECL) is a standing committee of the ACM Europe Council. It assists chapters in Europe, acting as a link between them and ACM. It is composed of volunteer chapter leaders and of members of the Europe Council. CECL aims to facilitate and help improve chapter operation, communicate and share information between chapters, increase the visibility of chapters and of ACM itself, promote and reward best practices, mentor less-experienced members, expand the Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) in Europe and make it more easily accessible, and increase the European participation in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC).
Informatics for All
The Informatics for All consortium is an initiative of the ACM Europe Council, Informatics Europe and the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) whose main purpose is to advocate for the inclusion of Informatics as a foundational discipline in schools across Europe.
Europe Technology Policy Committee
The ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee (Europe TPC) promotes dialogue and the exchange of ideas on technology and computing policy issues with the European Commission and other governmental bodies in Europe, and the informatics and computing communities. Chaired by Oliver Grau of Intel, the Committee engages in policy issues related to the importance of technology in boosting jobs, economic growth, competition, investment, research and development, education, inclusive social development, and innovation.
The ACM India Council is aimed at increasing the level and visibility of ACM activities across India. It serves as a professional network for members involved with the science and technology of computing; encourages students to take an active interest in the emerging and exciting world of computing; facilitates the organization of high-quality ACM conferences in India; provides logistical support to grow more ACM professional and student chapters; and increases the participation of ACM members in India across all dimensions of ACM.
ACM-W India seeks to take forward the task of the ACM community, but with a particular focus on the empowerment of women in computing in India. ACM-W India aims to provide social and professional support for women in computing, and its proposed activities include facilitating technical growth of women by organizing invited lectures, seminars, workshops and informal meetings; providing a platform for the sharing of information, resources, ideas and experiences; supporting women in their professional career growth and helping them to face the challenges in their work environment; and encouraging them to participate in computer-related studies and research. ACM-W India's goal is to also promote computer literacy, particularly in rural India, with the objective of empowering underprivileged women and children, to enable them to be independent and self-reliant.
ACM India Research Board (AIRB) is a community of academics, researchers, and others who care deeply about enhancing the quality and the quantity of computing research done in India, particularly in academic institutions. The following activities have already been initiated: ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award; PhD Production Survey; and Conference Travel Grants.
Eminent Speaker Program
ACM India's Eminent Speaker Program (ESP) provides local ACM Professional and Student Chapters in India with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators who will give talks on issues that are important to the computing community.
The ACM China Council comprises a cross-section of the computer science and information technology community committed to increasing the visibility and relevance of ACM in China. The council is focused on a wide range of ACM activities: creating channels to bring more high-quality ACM activities to China; expanding ACM chapters; enhancing access to the ACM Digital Library and publications for ACM members in China; and increasing the participation of ACM members in China across all dimensions of ACM. The Council also gives several awards to recognize excellence in research and leadership.
The ACM China Education Council serves as the interface between Chinese computer education and ACM, and promote ACM among Universities in China. The Council encourages Chinese computer educators to communicate with ACM educators and to participate in ACM and IEEE curricula development and research task forces
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