The first year of the Athena Lectureship was 2006-2007, and the inaugural Athena Lecturer was Professor Deborah Estrin of UCLA, who spoke at MobiCom 2006 in Los Angeles.)
The 2007-2008 Athena Lecturer was Professor Karen Spärck Jones of Cambridge University, who passed away on April 4, 2007. She taped her lecture, which was given at the 30th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval in Amsterdam.
The 2008-2009 Athena Lecturer is Professor Shafi Goldwasser of MIT and the Weitzmann Institute of Science. Professor Goldwasser gave her talk at the 2009 ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computation.
The 2009-2010 winner was Susan Eggers of the University of Washington, who spoke at the 2010 PLDI meeting.
The 2014-2015 winner was Susan T. Dumais of Microsoft Research. Dumais introduced novel algorithms and interfaces for interactive retrieval that have made it easier for people to find, use and make sense of information. Her research, at the intersection of human-computer interaction and information retrieval, has broad applications for understanding and improving searching and browsing from the Internet to the desktop. Read more.
Athena Lectures celebrate outstanding women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. Each year ACM will honor a preeminent woman computer scientist as the Athena Lecturer. Speakers are nominated by SIG officers. The Athena Lecturer will give a one-hour invited talk at an ACM conference determined by the speaker and the SIG which nominated her. A video of the talk will appear on the ACM website. The award includes travel expenses to the meeting and a $10000 honorarium. Financial support for the 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 Athena Lecturers is being provided by Google.