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The proposed research is gender neutral and thus it does not touch upon gender-sensitive dimensions in research. All members of the research team (as well as FORTH ICS) highly acknowledge the importance of gender issues, especially in technology areas related to sciences and engineering, and will work towards achieving gender-neutrality in all dimensions of this (and future) project/s. The Principal Investigator is a woman, very active in achieving gender equality in computer science.

Specifically, she is the founder and chair of Greek ACM-W  Chapter, now listing more than 230 members including almost all Greek female professors in Computer Science and related Departments of the Greek Universities, as well as researchers, people from the industry and other computing professionals. She has served as the chair of the Evaluation Panel of the Minerva Informatics Equality Award, 2018. She has been a member of the Management Committee of the COST Action EUGAIN: European Network For Gender Balance in Informatics, and of the advisory board of EC-funded project RESET: Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together.

P. Fatourou has co-organized and co-chaired the Summits on Gender Equality in Computing (GEC 2019, GEC 2020, GEC2021) and she has been the scientific director and chair of the organizing committee of the 1st Summer School on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WISTEM 2019). She has also contributed in the organization of ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing; in 2017, she was the chair of the supporters programme, in 2016, she was the poster session chair, and in 2015, she acted as a Judge of  the Hackathon, a paper session chair, and as a leader of discussion sessions.

P. Fatourou has published the following relevant positioning papers:

  1. Panagiota Fatourou, Yota Papageorgiou, Vasiliki Petousi, "Women are needed in STEM: European policies and incentives", Communications of the ACM (CACM), pp. 52-57, Vol. 62, No. 4, 2019.
  2. Panagiota Fatourou, Chris Hankin, and Bran Knowles, "Gender Bias in Automated Decision Making Systems", Endorsed by the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee, pp. 1-28, March 2021.
  3. The EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality - Artificial Intelligence and Gender Biases in Recruitment and Selection Processes.  12-13 November 2020. Comments paper – Greece, by
    P. Fatourou.

P. Fatourou will take all possible actions to support women in science and will continue contributing towards gender neutrality in computing.

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