Diversity & Inclusion

Starting from this year, the data management community starts an integrated effort for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. This initiative is in collaboration with VLDB DBCares following the ACM policy against harassment and processes for reporting unacceptable behavior. More information can be found in the following, dedicated web site: https://dbdni.github.io/.

Our code of conduct can be found here. Our goal is to promote a positive, diverse, and inclusive environment within the data management community, creating the grounds to foster professional growth, facilitate networking, and maintain productive professional relationships among our members, regardless of age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, country of origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, education, and work experience. We expect all our members to strive to abide with and help promote these guidelines.

If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, or complaints, please email the ICDE Diversity and Inclusion Chairs: Georgia Koutrika (georgia@athenarc.gr) and Victor Zakhary (victorzakhary@gmail.com).

Diversity & Inclusion Talk

Chairs: Georgia Koutrika (Athena Research Center), Victor Zakhary (UCSB)
Title: Diversity matters matter
Presenter: Geraldine Fitzpatrick

Geraldine Fitzpatrick is a Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and leads the Human Computer Interaction group at TU Wien in Austria. She is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, ACM Distinguished Scientist, IFIP Fellow, and IFIP TC-13 Pioneer. She has a diverse background, with a PhD in CS&EE (Uni of Queensland), an MSc in Applied Positive/Coaching Psychology (UEL), international experience in academia and industry, and a prior career as a nurse/midwife. Her academic research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences, with a particular interest in collaboration, health and well-being, and community building. She sits on various international advisory boards and steering committees and was general co-chair for CHI2019. She also hosts the Changing Academic Life podcast series and runs leadership and development programs for academics at all levels.