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On 3 December 2022, Professor Letizia Jaccheri was appointed ‘Cavaliere’ (Knight) of the Order of the Star of Italy by the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella.

The Italian Order of the Star is a distinction for civilians endowed by the state which specifically honours Italians abroad or foreigners who have acquired special merit in the promotion of friendly relations and cooperation between Italy and other countries. The order is conferred by the Italian President of the Republic. On this occasion, the Italian Ambassador to Norway, Stefano Nicoletti, awarded Prof Jaccheri the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy for her work on gender equality in academia and industry.

Jaccheri is Professor the Department of Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and chair of our COST Action EUGAIN.

For more than 30 years, Prof Jaccheri focused her studies on understanding software though empirical studies. Her areas of expertise include computer science, interaction design, and computerised gaming. She has been behind several initiatives to get more women to choose the technology industry.