Women in Software Engineering Panel

13th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA) - 9-13 September 2019, Paris France


Women in Software Engineering Panel @ the 13th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2019) and the 23rd Systems and Software Product Line Conference (SPLC 2019)

W1 -Thursday 12th Sept - Women in Software Engineering track - chairs Anne Koziolek & Patrizia Scandurra

List of Accepted Papers

- National Cultures and Gender Balance in ICT:  A preliminary study, Ricardo Colomo-Palacios, and Cristina Casado-Lumbreras  

- Gender Balance in Computer Science and Engineering in Italian Universities, Moreno Marzolla and Raffaela Mirandola

- Assisting Women in Career Change Towards Software Engineering: Experience from Czechitas NGO, Barbora Buhnova, Lucie Jurystova, and Dita Prikrylova

- Women Participation in Open Source Software Communities, Vandana Singh

- Gender Gap? A Snapshot of a Bachelor Computer Science Course at Graz University of Technology, Christian Schindler and Matthias Müller


P1 -Thursday 12th Sept - Women in Software Engineering Panel - Chairs Thorsten Berger, Anne Koziolek & Patrizia Scandurra

Panelists of WSE

Serge Abiteboul, researcher at Inria and ENS, Paris, France                                                  



Serge Abiteboul obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and a State Doctoral Thesis from the University of Paris-Sud. He has been a researcher at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique since 1982, Directeur de Recherche CE since 01/01/2004, in a research team located at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, since 2016. He is Distinguished Affiliated Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. He was a Lecturer at the École Polytechnique and Visiting Professor at Stanford and Oxford University. He has been Chair Professor at Collège de France in 2011-12 and Francqui Chair Professor at Namur University in 2012-2013. He co-founded the company Xyleme in 2000. Serge Abiteboul has received the ACM SIGMOD Innovation Award in 1998, the EADS Award from the French Academy of sciences in 2007; the Milner Award from the Royal Society in 2013; and a European Research Council Fellowship (2008-2013). He became a member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2008 and a member of the Academy of Europe in 2011. He has been a member of the Conseil national du numérique (2013-2016) and Chairman of the Scientific board of the Société d'Informatique de France (2013-2015). He is, since 1917, Chair of the Strategic Council of the Blaise Pascal Foundation. His research work focuses mainly on data, information and knowledge management, particularly on the Web.

He founded and is an editor of the blog binaire.blogs.lemonde.fr. Serge Abiteboul also writes novels, essays, and is editor and founder of the Blog Binaire. He was a scientific curator of the exhibiti "Terra Data" at the Cité des Sciences in 2017-2018.


 Chiara Condi, activist for women’s empowerment and the founder of Led By HER                                        



Chiara Condi is an advocate and expert on gender diversity, innovation, and women’s entrepreneurship. She is an activist for women’s empowerment and the founder of Led By HER, a nonprofit that works on advocacy and programs to improve access to women's entrepreneurship, innovation and women’s rights. In partnership with business schools and corporates, the organization delivers an entrepreneurship program to help women who have suffered from violence rebuild their lives through entrepreneurship. With a community of over 250 volunteers the organization offers courses, individual mentoring, and hackathon events co-organized with the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Led By HER recently launched launched FoundHERLab, a digital platform coded by Capgemini, to mobilize companies worldwide around women’s entrepreneurship by offering pro-bono skill based volunteering to women entrepreneurs locally.

Because of the impact that Led By HER has had on society, Chiara is invited to contribute as a regular voice in the media and the exemplary work of Led By HER has been featured in over 100 publications in France and abroad. Chiara is an internationally renowned speaker on the topics of gender equality, women’s entrepreneurship, the future of work and building a more inclusive world for women. In 2017 she was awarded the Woman of Influence Prize (Business and Hope) for the year in France for her work on the subject.

Prior to founding Led By HER Chiara worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to maximize the gender impact of the Bank’s investments, where she became inspired to launch Led By HER in order to work with women on the ground. She graduated from Harvard and has a masters from Sciences Po/LSE

 Elisabeth Kohler, Director of the CNRS Mission for Women’s Integration                                          


Elisabeth Kohler is a senior science policy officer who heads the CNRS Mission for Women’s Integration since January 2018. She is in charge of designing, implementing and evaluating gender equality plans and of promoting the integration of gender and sex dimension in research. Interacting with other national stakeholder, she also develops programmes to attract more women to study STEM.  At European level, she is coordinating the GENDER-NET Plus project aiming at integrating the gender dimension in projects relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At international level, she is involved in gender equality actions with several countries (Canada, India, and Lebanon). With an academic background in cultural studies, she has previously worked in different fields at CNRS, ranging from scientific information to innovation policies, European project management and international cooperation.

 Florence Sedes, Professor at University of Toulouse, France                                      



Pr. Dr. Florence Sèdes is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sciences, Toulouse 3, in the research area of data science. She has been active in database and information system research since her PhD in 1987. She has published over one hundred papers, books and book chapters since 2000 and advised more than 30 PhD. She heads her team in the IRIT lab (UMR CNRS 5505). She has been leading international, European and national projects on personal (meta)data privacy and management, CCTV and forensic, IoT and security, geospatial and indoor/outdoor data, and social networks, with applications via deep/machine learning for alert, spam and rumors detection, social emotion and interaction. Her research interests include modelling, developing, evaluating, and characterizing (big) data systems and techniques from both problem-driven and technique-driven perspectives. She has been heavily involved in designing data sets and platforms in order to enable assessment of the various contributions, software and systems of our community.

Pr. Sedes heads the french IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) committee. She founded the "femmes&Informatique" initiative of the French Informatics Society, and the WIE French chapter of IEEE.