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Welcome to the October 2016 Women in HPC Newsletter

SC16 is just around the corner, and yet it seems only a few days ago that our summer events were kicking off at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. This month's newsletter highlights WHPC's activities at SC16, but we are also happy to announce that ISC 2017 is already looking for student volunteers. So if you can't join us in Salt Lake City this November – and you are a student – apply for the ISC Student Volunteer Program, and we will look forward to meeting you in Frankfurt next summer!

Distinguished Speakers in HPC

WHPC plans to develop a list of distinguished female speakers from the high performance computing community. The list would be publicly available on the WHPC website for organisers of conferences and other events to use a resource to help broaden diversity of the invited speakers at HPC events. But we need your help. We have developed a survey to help us to develop the programme that best reflects the needs of the community. Please help us by completing this survey by 30 November 2016.

WHPC Events at SC16

13-18 November 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Women in HPC has a packed agenda of activities throughout SC16 week, and we hope you can join us! There is still time to register for SC16 itself, and there are a few tickets that are still available for our party: WHPC Networking Reception. Places for the party are limited so make sure you register now.

Sunday 13th November
9:00 am - 5.30 pm: 
Workshop: Diversifying the HPC Community
Room 355-D, Salt Palace Convention Centre (SC workshop pass required)

Tuesday 15th November
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm:
What is WHPC: What we do and why
PRACE Booth, SC16 Exhibition Hall, Salt Palace Convention Centre (SC attendee/exhibitor pass required)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Panel: HPC Workforce Development: How do we find them, recruit them, and teach them to be today’s practitioners and tomorrow's leaders. 
Room 255-BC, Salt Palace Convention Centre (SC technical pass required)
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm: WHPC BoF 1: How to build diverse teams for more effective research: Combating unconscious bias, imposter syndrome and stereotype threat 
Room 250-C, Salt Palace Convention Centre (SC technical pass required)
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: WHPC Networking Reception
Caffé Molise, 55 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

Wednesday 16th November
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: 
WHPC BoF 2: Intersectionality 
Room 155-C, Salt Palace Convention Centre (SC technical pass required)
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm: Intel Diversity Panel discussion
Intel Booth Community Hub (booth #1819), SC16 Exhibition Hall, Salt Palace Convention Centre (SC attendee/exhibitor pass required)
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm The importance of improving diversity in HPC
Lenovo Booth (booth #2643), SC16 Exhibition Hall, Salt Palace Convention Centre (SC attendee/exhibitor pass required)

Click here for full details about our events

ISC 2017: Call for Student Volunteers

If you are a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or any STEM-related fields, and high performance computing (HPC) is on your radar, ISC 2017 is an event worth attending.

ISC 2017 is looking for enthusiastic and reliable young people to help run the conference. In return, they offer you the opportunity to attend the tutorials, conference sessions, and workshops for free. We also encourage you to use the event to build your professional network. The conference after-hours experience is also fun. You will have the opportunity to mingle with your peers from other educational institutions and international backgrounds. Such connections can go a long way as you develop your career.

Finally, who knows, your future employer might also be attending the event! Volunteers often line up employment opportunities at conferences.

ISC 2017 is held in a very comfortable and safe environment, and ISC will provide housing for all out-of-town students.

Full details and application details are available at the ISC website:

WHPC UK: EuroMPI and An Evening With Interesting People

The third annual WHPC UK event was held alongside EuroMPI 2016 at the end of September in Edinburgh, UK. Kathryn Mohror (LLNL) inspired us all to think outside the traditional route into HPC by describing her path from chemistry and Marie-Christine Sawley, from our Keynote Sponsor Intel, discussed the work done by Intel to improve diversity. The event provided early career women (and men!) with insights into the opportunities and hurdles in HPC careers.

Our event at EuroMPI focused on providing career advice for all, and as such, everyone from EuroMPI was welcome to the evening event. This provided fascinating discussions at the panel on topics such as whether attendees would use childcare provided by conferences (a hot topic as it will be provided at SC16). There was no consensus, but what became clear is that more discussion is needed on this and many other topics.

We were delighted to have worked with EuroMPI throughout the planning for their conference and at the event. It was the first WHPC partner conference, and we were delighted that 17% of the delegates were women. This may not seem like a lot but was generally accepted as being a big increase compared to previous years. WHPC looks forward to working with more conferences in the future.

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.

Previous WHPC newsletters are available on our website here.


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