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Welcome to the April 2016 Women in HPC Newsletter

We have some exciting announcements in this months newsletter including news about ISC 2016 in Germany in June and SC16 in the USA in November. 

We are also delighted to be announcing our first ever Conference Partner, EuroMPI 2016. EuroMPI 2016 will be working with us over the coming months to improve participation of women and other under-represented groups in their conference. Their call for papers is currently out: If you work with MPI submit a poster, short paper or long paper to the conference!

There are also just a few short days left to complete the Women in HPC research survey. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and will help our researchers understand the community and how we can all work to improve diversity and equality of opportunity. If you haven't yet completed it please fill it in, if you have, please shared with your colleagues:

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Women in HPC at ISC 2016 

In collaboration with ISC High Performance 2016

Women in HPC will attend ISC for a second year this June 2016. Once again we will bring together women from across the international HPC community, providing opportunities to network, showcasing the work of inspiring women, and discussing how we can all work towards to improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing.

Things we will be doing: Workshop

Thursday 23 June 2016 (Time to be confirmed)

This will be our fourth international Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) workshop! We will once again bring together the HPC community to discuss the growing importance of increasing diversity in the workplace. This workshop aims to recognize and discuss the challenges faced by women, one of many underrepresented groups that exist in HPC, as well as opportunities for broadening participation in HPC fields and activities to encourage women to enter the field with consideration of differing legislation affecting hiring and employment practices among the different countries. 

Things we will be doing: Call for posters: Now Open!

Deadline for submissions 11 May 2016 AOE

As part of the workshop we will be inviting submissions from female early career researchers to present their work as a poster in a supportive environment that promotes the engagement of women in HPC research and applications, providing opportunities for peer to peer networking and the opportunity to interact with female role models.

To submit your work, email your abstract as a word or text document containing the following information to by 11 May 2016:

  • Full name of main (presenting) author, short biography (150 words) and photograph for website publicity
  • Names of any other authors
  • Current institution of all authors
  • Abstract (up to 250 words)

For full details please see:

Things we will be doing: Panel discussion and breakout sessions
During the workshop, we will host a panel discussion and breakout sessions inviting questions and suggestions from the audience on how employers can help diversify the HPC workforce, the obstacles employers face, and sharing best practise across the international community from a variety of HPC employers.

Things you should do: Sign up and take part!

We would like to encourage everyone who has an interest in the equal representation of women to attend, irrespective of their gender.

Registration is via ISC-HPC the website. For the workshop please register to attend the Thursday workshop session, which can be done either with as add-on to the conference program (Monday to Wednesday), or as a separate workshop-only pass.

Save the date: Women in HPC workshop at Supercomputing 2016

Sunday November 13th 2016 
Once again we will be at SC this year with an exciting programme of events. The details are still being confirmed but our full day workshop will be on Sunday November 13th 2016.

The workshop will include a plenary on how to improve diversity in the workplace and we will providing two key themes throughout the day:
  • How to improve diversity in the workplace.
    Panel discussions and breakout groups will discuss how best to improve diversity in the workplace. We will share ideas and innovative approaches from employers leading the way in providing equality of opportunity as well as give the audience the opportunity to discuss the challenges they face. This is of particular interest to employers but also to anyone considering how they can encourage their employer to actively pursue diversity and improve recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce.
  • Early career session:
    This session is open to all but will focus on inspiring the next generation of female HPC leaders. Throughout the day we will have activities aimed at early career women working in the HPC community. There will be an opportunity to present your work as a poster and meet leading employers in the community as well as network with peers to build a strong international network of collaborators. We will also host a session by certified executive coach Trish Damkroger, LLNL's Computation's Deputy Associate Director at large and Acting Department Head for the Computing Applications and Research (CAR) Department, providing attendees with the opportunity to improve skills necessary for success in the community and providing support and encouragement for the female attendees. 
Visit our website for more details:

EuroMPI 2016: Working together with WHPC to improve diversity in the MPI community

EuroMPI 2016 and Women in HPC are delighted to announce the first partnership between Women in HPC and a High Performance Computing Conference! 

Our partnership will ensure that EuroMPI 2016 will consider diversity as a key consideration in the organisation of the conference. Additionally, encourage MPI users and developers to consider equality of opportunity and diversity to be of paramount importance to the ongoing innovation and growth of the community.

EuroMPI 2016 has appointed Women in HPC’s own Dr Toni Collis as Diversity Chair! Toni will help ensure that diversity and inclusion are considered in every aspect of the conference.

The MPI community has thus far been dominated by men so the challenge is great. EuroMPI 2016 will gather and publish the demographic statistics of their community, providing the important baseline on which to build, and will actively seek to consider new and fresh talent in their keynote programme for 2016. EuroMPI 2016 will work with Women in HPC to ensure best practices are followed and to encourage women at all career stages to participate and attend to help foster and build a community of women in this field.

Call for papers, posters and tutorials

This conference brings together stakeholders involved in developments and applications related to the Message Passing Interface (MPI). As the pre-eminent meeting for users, developers, and researchers to interact and discuss new developments and applications of message-passing parallel computing, the annual meeting has a long, rich tradition.

EuroMPI 2016 will continue to focus on benchmarks, tools, parallel I/O, fault tolerance, and parallel applications using MPI, enhancements and extensions to MPI, and alternative interfaces for high-performance homogeneous/heterogeneous/hybrid systems. 

EuroMPI 2016 are accepting submissions in the following categories:

  • Full paper (minimum 5 pages, using ACM ICPS format): Submission deadline 1st May 2016
  • Short paper (maximum 4 pages, using ACM ICPS format): Submission deadline 1st May 2016
  • Poster (300-500 word abstract): Submission deadline 1st May 2016
  • White paper: Submission deadline 15th June 2016
  • Tutorial: Submission deadline extended to 25th April 2016
For full details and submission details visit:

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