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Alice & Eve exhibition at Radboud University

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RWoCS is happy to announce that will be hosting the exhibition Alice & Eve: A Celebration of Women in Computing from May 25th until June 10th​! This exhibition is made by our colleagues from the University of Twente, and accompanied the Alice and Eve meeting held in Twente on the 24th of January. The exhibition will be displayed on the ground floor of the Huygens building.

This exhibition portrays twenty-five women, highlighting their pivotal role in the field of computer science. The title Alice & Eve refers to the symbolic names from protocols for computer communication, in which Alice and Bob exchange messages, which are then intercepted by Eve. The exhibition will be first be on display at the University of Twente and then travel to various other places in the Netherlands. The Radboud University Nijmegen The opening is at the Alice & Eve conference, on the 24th of January, 2020. The aim of the exhibition is to change the unfamiliarity with women who made breakthroughs in computer science. When people think of pioneers in computer science, they think of names like Alan Turing, Edsger Dijkstra, Gordon Moore, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Women are not in that list. And that is strange, because women have made crucial contributions to the field of computing.

It is our hope that, after visiting the exhibition, you think Grace Hopper, Barbara Liskov, and Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay when thinking of computer scientists. And, by presenting these role models, we like to show that it is very normal for women to participate in the scientific top. Further, twenty-five is a small number. The editors had to choose, leaving out contributions over many others. Thus, we hope that this exhibition is only a starting point for a large gallery of famous female computer scientists.