I don’t remember the first time I heard about the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, but I do remember when I decided this was something I had to check out.
I was at a day-long meeting for one of our inter-university research groups. A number of the graduate students had been invited to give talks on our current research, myself included. The talks had been going well, and it was super-interesting seeing what other people were doing, since each university has a very different flavour to the research produced, even though we were theoretically under the same research banner.
During one of the breaks, I ran into one of the primary investigators in the women’s washroom. We were the only two women at this particular meeting (a bit of an oddity for me, since my research group at Carleton has many other women!) and we got to talking about, well, girl stuff. Science-y, intellectual girl stuff! I love meeting other female researchers. As we’re standing there washing our hands, she told me all about Grace Hopper and how much fun the conference was — a whole conference full of smart, interesting women, their research, their ideas! And then we laughed at ourselves, saying “Any minute now, the guys are going to phone wondering where we are and we’ll have to admit we’ve been gabbing in the washroom like teenagers…”
And then her cell phone rang. We grinned at each other and hurried back to the meeting.
The conference is coming up soon now: September 30 – October 3rd, 2009. Registration is open ’till the 25th, so there’s still time to sign up! I’m attending for the first time this year, and I’ll be presenting my research as part of the PhD Forum on Wednesday just before lunch, plus there’s tons of other interesting stuff on the program. If you’re going, please stop by to say hi!
And if you can’t make it, don’t despair: Grace Hopper has a bunch of volunteer bloggers (including me!) who will be covering GHC related topics before, during and after the conference, so you should be able to get a glimpse into GHC09 even if you can’t be there in person.