Scaling up Computing in Schools and Other News from CEPIS - August 2013

In this issue

We invite you to take a short survey on the state of computing in schools in your country. We bring you updates from the CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force as well as the latest European developments including three interesting call for tenders. We also include news from Member Societies in Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Switzerland. To send feedback or contributions from your Society for the September update, please email Michel Krmek.

What is the Status of Computing in Schools in Your Country?

computers_young The CEPIS Computing in Schools SIN has developed a short survey to get a better understanding of the development of computing in schools in each country, to gauge the interest of Member Societies and identify their activities in this area. The Computing in Schools SIN has started work on creating advocacy materials for CEPIS Member Societies with a view to helping them influence curricula and teachers at the national level. The results of the survey will help better tailor these advocacy materials to the needs of each Member Society. The survey consists of 15 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Take the Survey on Computing in Schools

CEPIS ICT Professionalism Award - Nominations Open Until 10 September!

ICT Professionalism AwardThe call for nominations for the CEPIS ICT Professionalism Award is open until 10 September 2013. This new pan-European award will honour individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the development of the ICT Profession. The CEPIS ICT Professionalism Award is open to anyone - be it an ICT professional, a researcher or an academic - who has made a substantial contribution to the development of the profession in general or contributions to advancing any of the building blocks of ICT Professionalism. Nominations must be submitted by CEPIS Member Societies. Submit Your Nomination for the CEPIS ICT Professionalism Award

EC Call for Tenders: ICT Professionalism, e-Leadership for SMEs, and e-Skills for Jobs Campaign

ec_logo_2012The European Commission recently published three new calls for tenders related to ICT professionalism and digital skills. The first call, open until 20 September 2013, relates to the development of a pan-European foundational body of knowledge for ICT professionals and of a sustainable operating model for the promotion of ICT professionalism in Europe. The second call, also open until 20 September 2013, is about providing start-ups and fast growing SMEs with relevant e-leadership skills and qualifications for entrepreneurs, managers and advanced ICT users that are trans-nationally recognised. The third call concerns the organisation a major communication and awareness-raising campaign in Europe on e-skills for jobs to help fill digital skills shortages, gaps and mismatches. This call for tender is open until 13 September 2013.

Save the Date: 51(13) CEPIS Council Meeting, November 21, Brussels

cepisThe 51st CEPIS Council meeting will take place at The Hotel in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, 21 November 2013 from 08:30 to 16:00. There will be a welcome reception at 19:00 on Wednesday, 20 November, the evening prior to Council, in the hotel. This welcome reception will include a buffet dinner. In accordance with the Constitution, all Members will receive the convocation and invitation to register in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please save the date of 21 November 2013 in your calendar and if you have any other queries related to Council please contact Michel Krmek.

Participate on the survey: International Dimension of e-skills and ICT Professionalism

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                                              2Europe, like other regions, is confronted with a worrying ICT skills gap coupled with an ICT profession that is at a low level of maturity. As part of a research study commissioned by DG Enterprise and Industry, CEPIS and IVI are very keen to capture the opinions of Informatics societies on a number of issues related to e-skills and ICT professionalism. We would be very grateful if you would consider completing the online survey: International Dimension of e-skills and ICT Professionalism. This will take about 15 minutes to complete. By contributing to this project, we hope that you will be able to help shape future European Commission policy on this important topic. Take the survey

Next Meetings of the Computing in Schools SIN

computer_teacherThe CEPIS Computing in Schools SIN will organise a second virtual meeting on Tuesday, 17 September 2013, at 15:30 CET to review the results of the online survey and to discuss how they will be integrated in the advocacy materials for Member Societies. An in-person meeting will also be organised on Monday, 7 October, in Brussels to finalise the advocacy materials which will be presented at the 51st Council meeting. If you would like to attend these meetings, please contact Michel Krmek.

CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force Welcomes New Members

WomenICT2The CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force recently welcomed two new participants: Skevie Skordallou from the Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) and Gillian Arnold from the British Computer Society (BCS). This Task Force was setup in March 2012 to bring together experts from Member Societies who are interested in the topic of women in ICT. Since then, the group has been meeting regularly and has been involved in several different activities. The next virtual meeting of the Women in ICT Task Force will be on Tuesday, 3 September 2013, at 11:00 CET. If you are interested in joining the Task Force or if you would like to appoint a representative from your Society, please contact Michel Krmek.

Nominate the Digital Woman of the Year!

CEPIS is a pDigital Woman
                                                    Awardsartner of the Digital Woman Award which was officially pledged in support of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. The Digital Woman Award is a pan-European prize for women and girls who distinguish themselves and their organisations in digitally-driven and digitally-enabled areas of study and work. There are three award categories: Digital Girl of the Year, Digital Woman of the Year, and Digital Impact Organisation of the Year. Nominations are open until 13 September 2013. On 7 October 2013 winners of the 2013 Digital Woman Awards in all categories will be announced. Winners’ submissions will be showcased at the ICT 2013 event on 6-8 November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. More on the Digital Woman Awards

Swiss Informatics to Promote Software Specialist Titles

swiss_informatics Software project failures are still a recurring problem for projects of all sizes and levels of complexity due to a lack of a renowned brand for professionals that possess software management skills. CEPIS Member Society in Switzerland, Swiss Informatics (SI), recently started a project aiming to provide computer science graduates the opportunity to obtain and retain specialist titles that distinguish them from other ICT professionals. SI is seeking European or even world-wide collaboration with professional societies that would also be interested in setting up such specialist titles. An important feature of these titles is that they would be awarded by a professional informatics society and not by the industry or an educational body. For more information, please contact Simon Moser. More on SI’s Project on Software Specialist Titles

PIPS Signs Poland’s National Digital Jobs Coalition posal

PIPS The Polish Information Processing Society (PIPS) is one of the signatories of Poland’s national digital jobs coalition, the first national spin-off of the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. The purpose of the coalition is to work with public authorities, education providers, employment services, and IT companies to tackle growing unemployment. The launch meeting on 3 July 2013 was attended by with Marian Noga, President of PIPS, along with Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, and Ministers of the Polish government. More on Poland’s National Digital Jobs Coalition

NJSZT Inaugurates Exhibition on the History of Computing

History of Computing CEPIS Member in Hungary, the John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSzT), recently organised the conference From Punched Cards to Information Society to inaugurate the exhibition on computer history which was announced earlier this year. Marina von Neumann Whitman delivered a keynote speech on the role played by ICT in today’s world and the contributions made by her father, John Neumann, to computer science. NJSzT is one of the founders of the exhibition The Past of the Future which boasts an extensive collection of over 12,000 objects tracing the history of computing, including the first Hungarian satellite. More on the Exhibition The Past of the Future

What are the Future Grand Challenges of Computer Science?

                                                    Challenges German Informatics (GI) established a new working group to assess what could be the grand challenges of computer science in the future. Given the high rate of innovation in computer science and its potential to change the world, identifying such major challenges may be pointing the way forward and give valuable impetus to this science. The working group has established a series of criteria to identify grand challenges, which are defined as fundamental problems whose solutions are elaborated with computer science and generate significant economic and social benefits. Individuals are invited to submit by 2 September 2013 what they consider to be a future grand challenge for computer science. More on Computer Science Grand Challenges

Enhancing Digital Literacy is a Priority for Local and Regional Authorities in the EU

DAE_logo 74% local and regional authorities in the European Union (EU) have identified the development of digital literacy, skills and inclusion as the most relevant aim of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), according to a survey carried by the Committee of the Regions. The survey aimed to assess the satisfaction of local and regional authorities with regards to the DAE and its implementation. Overall respondents considered that the definition of goals, the aspect of innovation and the creation of an information society are some of strongest points of the DAE. However respondents complained about the lack of guidance from the EU on how to implement the measures set by the DAE as well as the insufficient funding. More on the Committee of the Regions Survey on the DAE

EU Announces €22 Billion Investment in Research and Innovation

research1The European Commission, EU Member States, and European industry will invest over €22 billion over the next seven years in innovation for sectors that deliver high quality jobs such as electronics, aeronautics and bio-based industries. The majority of this investment will take the form of public-private partnerships, with €10 billion from industry, so as to provide strong public support to private research and innovation activities. This investment package will provide funding for large-scale, longer term, risky research and innovation initiatives in which the private sector may be unwilling to invest alone despite the potentially large economic and social returns. More on EU’s Investment in Research and Innovation

Digital Skills for Jobs & Learning Report from the Digital Agenda Assembly 2013

DAA2013The European Commission published a report on the Digital Agenda Assembly that was held in Dublin in June 2013. The report features a summary of the discussions held in the workshop on digital skills for jobs and learning, as well as in the other six workshops. The topics discussed in the workshop on digital skills focussed on the importance of coding for youth and the need to raise awareness about ICT careers among young girls. The workshop discussion also showed a common feeling of urgency among participants and a need for action. Read the Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 Report

New EU Rules to Tackle Cybercrime

rules_cybercrimeNew EU rules were recently adopted in order to better fight cybercrime and complement the recently adopted EU Cybersecurity Strategy. The Directive on attacks against information systems introduces new offences such as the use of botnets, i.e. networks of infected computers that can be remotely controlled to stage large-scale cyber attacks. The new rules aim to improve cross-border cooperation between Member States, and they include higher criminal sanctions that are necessary to fight more effectively such large scale attacks. The Directive also introduces the obligation to collect statistical data on cyber-attacks and for Member States to have channels in place to report the offences to competent authorities. More on the Directive on Attacks Against Information Systems

Important Upcoming Events


16-20 September INFORMATIK 2013 Koblenz, Germany. Organised by: GI

7 October Computing in Schools SIN Meeting Brussels, Belgium. Organised by: CEPIS

6-9 November ICT2013 Vilnius, Lithuania. Organised by: European Commission

21 November 51st CEPIS Council Meeting Brussels, Belgium. Organised by: CEPIS