Women In HPC March 2017 Newsletter
Mentorship Opportunities for the IHPCSS Summer School Available – Application Open

March is here, and so is the WHPC March Newsletter! As we patiently wait for the first signs of spring to blossom, we would like to make you aware of a few events and opportunities that are blossoming as well, starting with our UK event on 5 April 2017. Have you registered?

Also coming up is the ACM Europe Celebration of Women in computing: womeEncourage 2017 in Barcelona, Spain — they are calling for poster submissions. Connect with other researchers in your field, share ideas, and inspire and celebrate women in computing by attending this event.

PRACEdays17 will take place 16-18 May 2017 in Barcelona, Spain — PRACE’s fourth annual Scientific and Industrial Conference. Nominations are now open for the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC, which will be presented at the event. Please submit your application to  by 17 March 2017.   

Lastly, are you a former student of the International HPC Summer School? If so, IHPCSS is looking for you to serve as a mentor this year. Come share what you know with those who want to learn!

We’ll close with a look back at an event held at SC16: the inaugural event for the Advanced Computing for Social Change (ACSC) Program. Kim McMahon, Co-founder of Xand McMahon, discusses the ACSC’s accomplishments.

Reminder to Register for the ‘Addressing the Gender Gap in the UK HPC Community’ BoF

Don’t forget to register for the ‘Addressing the Gender Gap in the UK HPC Community’ BoF, hosted by the University of Leeds and organised by ARCHER, The UK Supercomputer Service on 5 April 2017.

Places are limited, so register now!

Registration is free at Eventbrite

ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing: womeEncourage 2017 – Call for Posters

The ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2017 will take place in Barcelona, Spain between 6-8 September 2017. The conference brings together undergraduates, MSc and PhD students, researchers, and professionals to present and share their achievements and experiences in computer science.

womENcourage 2017 is now accepting poster submissions. Posters offer the opportunity to engage with other conference attendees as well as share and discuss research work and ideas with other researchers in your field. You also get a chance to practice your presentation skills!

Get submission and conference information

Attention: Former International HPC Summer School (IHPCSS) Students

IHPCSS is looking for former students to return and serve as mentors at this year's Summer School. Mentors will be asked to provide insight to this year's students based on the experiences they’ve had since attending the Summer School and to provide mentoring on a range of subjects — such as finishing your dissertation/thesis and getting a job or moving between countries. In addition to mentoring, former students will be asked to participate as helpers during hands-on sessions, and give a lightning talk describing their work.

This year's IHPCSS will be held in Boulder, Colorado, USA from 25-30 June 2017.

Learn More

Blog: Advanced Computing for Social Change


The Advanced Computing for Social Change (ACSC) Program held their inaugural event 13-16 November 2016 in conjunction with SC16. The event was hosted by XSEDE, TACC, and SC16, and identified 20 diverse graduate and undergraduate students who were historically underserved in STEM for participation in a week-long data-centric computing challenge.


The challenge used computation, data analysis, and visualization to produce a view of police violence and rhetoric surrounding the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The program was deemed to have accomplished its goals, including establishing a connection between computing and being able to do something about social change and providing students with confidence in being able to tackle social issues using their STEM knowledge.

Read the full blog

Just the Facts

To find out more about Women in High Performance Computing check out our website: You can keep in touch with WHPC between newsletters by visiting us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook. If you have any suggestions, comments, or items you would like to include in future newsletters please contact us at We are particularly interested in hearing from event organisers or programmes that are looking to recruit women and would like to have their information shared in the Opportunities section of our newsletter.

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