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io ci spero

quando sono nata io il presidente era Saragat, o Zaragatte come sentivo dire in Toscana. Quando son nata io, in Svizzera le donne non potevano votare, in Italia non potevano diventare vigili urbani, ne’ poliziotte. Non c’era il divorzio, l’aborto era clandestino. Io leggevo, Oriana Fallaci scriveva Lettera a un bambino mai nato. Leggendo ho iniziato a sperare e a sognare. Volevo essere come Oriana Fallaci che viaggiava per il mondo a intervistare le persone famose. Un po’ mi confondevo, certo, perche’ leggendo le parole di Oriana, o piu’ tardi di Simon de Beauvoir, che e’ antecedente a Oriana ma che io ho letto dopo, pensavo che il mondo fosse gia’ cambiato. Ma il mondo e’ cambiato piu’ lentamento ma e’ cambiato. Negli anni 80 in Norvegia e’ salita al potere, Gro Harlem Brundtland, una grande leader e innovatrice sociale (le idee dello sviluppo sostenibile sono nate anche grazie a lei) e poi Angela Merkel che per anni ha guidato un paese combinando scienza e politica. In Finlandia Sanna Manin, ci ricorda che e’ possibile.

Ecco lo sapete? Io ci spero, che i discorsi su Berlusconi presidente della Repubblica li portera’ via il vento e che l’Italia avra’ una nuova presidentessa o un presidente piu’ giovane di idee, piu colta, piu’ diverso, piu’ inclusiva che faccia vedere al mondo che l’Italia spera. Io ci spero.

Interview 15 years later
15 years ago I was interviewed by Anne Lise Aakervik for a magazine that was produced by TTO. That interview gave me the possibility to spread my ideas and to receive feedback from other people than computer scientists. Of course each time you share about yourself, somebody will think you are silly, or exhibitionist or especially if you have a formal role as a professor that you are not serious. It is part of our path in life to learn to accept what people think and say about us.

15 years later I still think that this interview was an amazing experience.
.ps I am so lucky that I do not care about becoming old, yes I was younger and now I am uglier now, but again I do not care.
.pps I still want to work with #tech#work#people#art and #innovation – Mara DiaconuAnders Aune


Dear all mentees in the IDUN project

This morning I felt I wanted to send you a hope message.

For the time being I am working a lot with the COST action EUGAIN and trying to supervise PhD and master students in the Software For A Better Society group.

We work with the bid to bring ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage to Trondheim in 2023.

Otherwise I try to do all the other duties in a decent way and find time to read and exercise and I listen to the podcast which in fact gives me hope that it is possible to combine science with empathy and hope.

Have an happy week and we will meet soon! Letizia

.ps if you do not want to receive these messages just let me know, it will be ok. If you want to give me feedback/advice about the IDUN or other issues, you can book a coffee meeting with me, you see my calendar, I will find time to listen to smart people 😊

Presentations in 2021 @ntnu @DION_NTNU @elenacuoco @polito @Ivica_Crnkovic @unupi

While preparing my first presentation in 2022, I count that in 2021 I gave the following presentations (13)

March PhD Day NTNU

March DION – TEKNA (video)

March for COST Action g2net (action chair Elena Cuoco)

March Politecnico di Torino (see slides below)

June Nordic Edge

September WASP DIG Workshop

October StartupMigrants

November 1) NAV, 2) NIKT (slides)

December 1) ICSOB; 2) Universita’ di Pisa 3) Nepal (see below) 4) India (iSES 2021)

Some material below:

2021 dikt poesia poem

Jeg lærte
å spørre deg
hva vil du
til hva du vil
i stedet for
å spørre deg
hva har du gjort
så langt
eller enda verre
fortelle deg
du må gjøre dette
Ho imparato
a  chiederti
cosa vuoi
e poi
cosa vuoi
che chiederti
cosa hai fatto
o ancora peggio
devi fare cosi’
I learned to
ask you
what do you want
to do
and then
to what you want
instead of
asking you
what have you done
so far
or even worse
tell you
you have to do this

Seminar at the University of Pisa Physical and hybrid When? Thursday 16/12/2021 at 15.00

link to survey

link to ICSE 2022 Workshop

link to

link to ACM WomENCourage

Speaker: Prof. Letizia Jaccheri NTNU Trondheim

Title: Gender Issues in Computer Science Research,  Education, and Society. 

When? Thursday 16/12/2021 at 15.00

For Whom? Researchers, PHD Students, Bachelor and Master Students, External actors

Where? Aula Gerace Dipartimento di Informatica and Virtual

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Abstract: This lecture addresses gender issues in Computer science from Research, Education,
Society perspectives. Jaccheri will start from UN Goal 5, Achieve gender equality and empower
all women and girls to contextualize the topic in an open and meaningful context. She presents research
issues, some from her own projects, others from examples of biased technology, like smartphone voice
assistants and data sets for job recruiting based on male population.

Then, she presents statistics about female presence in education, research and industry.
Further, the presentation goes in depth and presents specific projects for increasing gender balance
among students and among professors. The presentation concludes with a list of International projects
and resources. The goal is to start a dialogue with the local community and exchange best practice.
The seminar will be as interactive as possible and will be offered as hybrid event.

Letizia Jaccheri (Master in CS from University of Pisa, PhD from Politecnico di Torino, Italy) is a Professor
at the Department of Computer Science of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and
adjunct professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Jaccheri’s research is on software engineering,
at the intersection with art, gender, and social innovation. Letizia has published more than 200 papers in
international conferences and journals, has supervised PhD students and Post-doctoral students, and has
acted as opponent for national and international defenses.

Prof. Jaccheri has been teaching courses in software engineering at various levels since 1994,
with a passion for the course Customer Driven Project (link
From 2015 to April 2018 she acted as one of the independent directors of Reply S.p.A., the largest Italian
IT company with 9059 employees. From 2013 to 2017 she was department head for the Computer Science department
at NTNU. She is ACM Distinguished speaker (link . In 2021
she got two prizes: the ODA Award Woman women prize and the NTNU prize for gender equality and diversity for
her work in gender and computer science with the projects IDUN (link,
EUGAIN (link and Kodeløypa (link
Prof. Jaccheri has plans to contribute to address the issue of diversity in computer science at local and
international level.


Forfatteren Lars Saabye Christensen brukte 20 år for å skrive dette mesterverket. Det tok meg nesten 20 år, først så jeg serie på NRK , deretter leste jeg boken og nå har jeg hørt lydboken i 35 timer.

Halvbroren er nå inntil videre på første plass i min liste av favorittbøker, foran Ferrante, Knausgård, Fallaci.

Hvorfor kom du tilbake? Spør Barnum. “For å fortelle deg alt dette” svarer Fred i bokens siste setning. Genialt!