Minerva Informatics Equality Award
2021 Edition
'Recruiting and Supporting Female Students'

Presented by Informatics Europe & EUGAIN COST Action
Sponsored by Google

Call for Submissions Now Open

Informatics Europe proudly announces the Minerva Informatics Equality Award devoted to initiatives seeking to encourage and support the careers of women in Informatics research and education. The sixth of these annual awards will be presented in October 2021 and is sponsored by Google.

The Informatics Europe Minerva Informatics Equality Award recognises best practices in Departments or Faculties of European Universities or Research Institutes and 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:

The 2021 Award is devoted to gender equality initiatives encouraging female students to enrol in Computer Science/Informatics programmes and retaining them.

The Award seeks to celebrate successful initiatives that have had a measurable impact on the recruitment and support of female students 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. Submissions will need to demonstrate the impact that has been achieved.

For 2021 examples of impact could include fostering gender balance in all aspects of students’ education, better admission, recruitment and graduation rates for female students, better gender ratio of students receiving stipends, scholarships and other financial support, improved curriculum, designed based on gender analysis, as recorded in objective surveys of staff and student experience, etc.

The Award carries a prize of EUR 5,000.

The Award will be given to a Department or Faculty to be used for further work on encouraging the recruitment and support of female students. To be eligible, 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 Award committee are not eligible.

The Award committee, with participation of members from the EUGAIN COST Action, will review and evaluate each proposal. It reserves the right to split the prize between different applications. 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:


The Award Ceremony, jointly organized by EUGAIN and Informatics Europe, will be held at the 17th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS), 25-27 October 2021 in Madrid (if the COVID-19 situation allows), where a representative of the winning institution(s) will be invited to give a talk on their achievements.

Award Committee:

Further inquiries: