SheCodes MeetUp 2024

SheCodes MeetUp 2024

19 June 2024, 16:30 – 18:30 CEST

Venue: Online & Onsite in Prague

RICAIP Testbed Prague at CIIRC CTU
Prague, Czech Republic

VISION CSA Project in cooperation with the European Networks of Excellence Centres in AI, Data and Robotics (NoEs) warmly invite you to an informal, dynamic and interactive hybrid meetup that will be hosted by the RICAIP Centre in the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics CIIRC CTU in Prague. This event has been inspired and creates a follow-up to CLAIRE X NoEs AQuA: Women in AI.

Join us for an engaging and inspiring event where women in STEM can connect, learn, and grow together.

Share your story about studies and career paths, personal experiences with a focus on moments in your life that influenced and navigated you towards AI, robotics, technology and innovation.

We connect large AI communities around NoE enriched by the RICAIP ecosystem with an overlap to InfoPacific thanks to the INPACE Hub at international level, with Czech actors around the ROBOPROX project at national level, inspired by CLAIRE.

We welcome both in-person attendees and online participants:

  • Female Students: Individuals currently pursuing studies in STEM fields, particularly those interested in AI, ICT, and technological innovations – onsite mainly from the Czech Technical University and other Czech universities.
  • Researchers: Women engaged in research at technical universities and institutions, seeking to share insights and connect with peers and professionals.
  • Business Professionals: Women working in STEM industries who are eager to share their career journeys, challenges, and successes.
  • International Participants: Women from across Europe and beyond who wish to engage in a global dialogue about their experiences in STEM.

Event in a Nutshell:

  • Get to know like-minded women in your immediate vicinity, in Europe and on the other side of the globe!
  • The main topic: What has positively influenced your decision to pursue studies or careers in AI, robotics, ICT, technology, and innovations?
    What was the moment or action? Do you still remember it?
  • What motivated you to continue on this journey when you encountered something that got in the way of your set path? Overcoming obstacles, that’s what we want to talk about as well.

Setup of the event:

  • Each of you can be a speaker – just indicate this on the registration form, or you can take the floor during the event, depending on your mood.
  • Speakers/participants on site and online will see each other and take turns in speaking.
  • The event will NOT be live streamed to maintain an intimate atmosphere, but will be recorded.
  • Recordings will only be used for shorts and minutes of the proceedings.

Aim of the SheCodes MeetUp

The SheCodes MeetUp is designed to foster personal interconnections and an informal and supportive environment where women from diverse STEM –  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – fields can connect, share, and inspire each other.

Our primary aim is to explore the pivotal factors that have positively influenced the decision to pursue studies or careers in AI, robotics, ICT, technology, and innovation. The initial moment and other motivations for staying in the field also remain at the forefront of our interest.

Any woman in the field can share her personal experience or even best practices implemented in her home institution or country. Through direct interactions, we aim to empower attendees and strengthen the network of women in STEM across Europe and beyond.

The immediate effect of this event, aimed mainly at establishing personal contacts and sharing positive stories, will be the collection of experiences and good practices that can serve at the personal, institutional and political level.


16:00 – 16:30 Walk-in. Refreshments

16:30 – 16:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Introduction to the SheCodes MeetUp and how the event will be organised
Welcome word of the hosts (remotely):
VISION and NoEs by Beatrice Bozzao, Intellera Consulting, Italy
RICAIP by Tilman Becker, DFKI/ CIIRC CTU

16:40 – 17:00 Part I: Call for inspiring talks from women of any age and career stage in AI, robotics, ICT, and tech innovation!
Feel free to nominate your up to 5 min talk/interview!
We are delighted to give the floor also to:

  • Prof. Olga Štěpánková, CIIRC CTU; Head of the department Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technology (BEAT)
  • Megi Mejdrechová, RoboTwin; CTO and co-founder of a start-up that brings no-code robotics to the manufacturing industry
  • Tejumade Afonja, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security | ELSA; PhD researcher focusing on private synthetic data generation
  • Jessica Colombel, Loria, CNRS; PhD researcher intetested in human-robot interaction and human motion
  • Anna Bucchieri, IIT / Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, euROBIN; PhD Student Fellow in the Rehab Technologies – INAIL-IIT lab coping with Rehabilitation Robotics

17:00 – 17:30 Part II: Roundtable – Speak up, be heard!
Any participant is welcome to share her story – onsite or online, simply join our discussion, introduce yourself and tell us your story, experience, motivation and thoughts!

17:30 – 17:40 Do not miss the opportunities provided within our ecosystems:
ROBOPROX Grant for Young Female Talents by Karla Štěpánová, CIIRC CTU
EIT Manufacturing RIS Leaders Call 2024 by Anna Tahovská, CIIRC CTU

17:40 – 18:30 Networking Opportunities with refreshments
Informal networking sessions to encourage open dialogue and connection among participants.
The hybrid format ensures both in-person and online attendees can interact seamlessly.

18:30 Closing Remarks
Encouragement for continued connection and collaboration among participants

Registration Form:

    Please mark your current position:

    Please indidate if you are a member of the European AI community or any EU-funded entity:

    You register for:

    Please let us know if you want to take the floor and contribute to the discussion:


    RICAIP Testbed Prague, Ground floor, Building B
    Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics
    Czech Technical University in Prague
    Jugoslávských partyzánů 1580/3
    Prague 6 – Dejvice
    Czech Republic

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