Women in Software Architecture


It has been widely demonstrated that diversity in gender, culture, religion, country, etc. is a key factor to have success and be competitive and innovative in software development. In the case of gender diversity, the role of women in the Computing area has gained more and more importance with the emerging information age. However, setting up gender-balanced teams in ICT companies and in STEM universities and research centers is still hard to realize in practice, even if all recognize the importance of achieving gender diversity for the success of projects.   

In this scenario, following the success of the past editions, the 4th special track on “Women in Software Architecture” as part of the 13th premier European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2019) will provide a forum for discussions about how to achieve more diversity in SE / STEM. Both women and men are invited to collaborate and attend to this track. Students, industry professionals, academics, and other leaders in computing are welcome to promote networking and technical discussion to motivate the participation and visibility of women in STEM degree and industry.

There will be a mix of presentations and a panel to discuss about current and future issues in the field by leading experts from industry and academia. 


Paper submissions must be made electronically via the online EasyChair submission site for the ECSA 2019 main conference.

We seek contributions (up to 4-6 pages) about summaries, preliminary results from work-in-progress, discussion of challenges, position papers, experience reports, or studies; all regarding gender diversity in Software Engineering, and more generally in STEM, both in industry and academia.

The evaluation criteria for submissions will be whether they contribute ideas or results to the challenge of achieve more diversity in SE / STEM and whether the argumentation and/or study are sound. 

All contributions will undergo a peer-review process. The accepted papers will be included in the ECSA 2019 companion volume to be published by ACM. For this, the submission must be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Template. 

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper in the proceedings. An author or a proxy attending WSA@ECSA 2019 must present the paper. 

Important Dates

Paper submission      

May 31, 2019

Notification of papers      

June 21, 2019

Camera ready

July 5, 2019




All deadlines are 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) 

Program Committee


Track co-chairs 
- Anne Koziolek
Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
E-mail: koziolek@kit.edu  
Web page: https://are.ipd.kit.edu/people/anne-koziolek/

- Patrizia Scandurra 
Dept. of Management, Information and Production Engineering, University of Bergamo, Italy 
E-mail: patrizia.scandurra@unibg.it  
Web page: http://cs.unibg.it/scandurra/