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Professor Susanne Bødker

Aarhus University, Department of Computer Science

Thanks, this is a real honour.

Susanne was born in 1956 in Randers, Denmark. She comes from a non-academic family and started university at a time where generally girls were not considered much fit for that. Aspiring to be a math teacher, she started there, soon to find out that the upcoming field of Computer Science was more interesting. It was, however, first when spending time at Xerox PARC in 1982 that she found female role models and this made her believe in an academic career. Academically she has generally managed, despite making many ‘wrong choices’ in her career, at least when seen with today’s standards: She has spend most of her life in the same university, she became a single parent, and she prioritises an active life with other people and has lived in the same co-housing arrangement for over 30 years. She is now a happy grandmother and considering how retirement can be combined with the best of academic life.

Susanne's impressive academic CV includes:

  • MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, Aarhus University. 1982.
  • Visiting scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Lab., and Univ. of Electro-Communications, Tokyo 1982-83; PhD student, assistant and associate professor Aarhus University 1983-2001; PhD1987, Dr. Scient 1999. Full professor Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University 2001.
  • Visiting researcher, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Univ. of Limerick, Irland 1996; Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm 2009.
  • Reviews for the Swedish National Research Council of Technical Sciences, for British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Academy of Finland, and many more.
  • Member of the Danish research council for the Technical Sciences1997-2003, ESF Standing Committee for Physical and Engineering Sciences (PESC) 2011-12; the Board of Trustees of Aarhus University 2012-2020; Council of Technology and Innovation 2012-14.

Peer-reviewed publications: 180+

Citations: 10000+

H-Index: 47, according to Google Scholar, March 2020.

Editorial boards, journals

  • ACM Interactions, CSCW Journal, Mind, Culture and Activity.
  • Associate editor ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (2004-2018).
  • Associate editor of International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (2004-2012).
  • Action editor Journal of Human-Computer Interaction from 2012.

International conferences

  • Main organizer of Working Conference on Development and Use of Computer-based Systems and Tools, 1985, IRIS 1989, and Computers in Context, 1995, as well as conference co-chair of Critical Computing 2005.
  • Co-conference chair, ECSCW 1999, NordiCHI 2002.
  • Program co-chair DIS 2006.
  • General chair ECSCW2011, and senior advisor for ECSCW2013.
  • Poster co-chair ECSCW 2003.
  • Workshop chair ECSCW 2005.
  • ECSCW General (co-)chair 2011, CHI paper chair 2012, 2013.
  • Paper co-chair NordiCHI 2016.
  • Member of more than 60 program committees for international conferences in the period 1988-2018. Predominantly for the conference series: ACM CHI, NordiCHI, ECSCW, DIS, PDC.


  • ACM SigDOC Rigo award 2008;
  • ACM CHI Academy 2010;
  • IFIP TC13 Pioneer Award, 2016.
  • Honorary doctor, Royal Technical University (KTH), Stockholm 2018.


  • Co-center leader for CHMI, The Danish National Research Foundation (1998-2003). Manager of several interdisciplinary projects, including the strategic project, eGov+ (2008-2011).
  • Co-managing Aarhus University interdisciplinary center PIT ( (2012-2016).
  • Principal investigator of ERC Advanced Grant project, CIO 2017-2022.