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Welcome to the May 2016 Women in HPC Newsletter

Here at WHPC HQ we can't believe it is nearly June: time for our exciting list of 2016 events to finally get going!

We have always aimed to provide events and information that are  most useful to our members. This year we believe we are putting on the best selection of activities to date, starting with ISC. This newsletter is dedicated to highlighting our activities in Frankfurt this June. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

SC16 Student Volunteers

Don't forget: there are just a few more weeks to register for the SC Student Volunteers Program. Volunteers get free conference passes and may be eligible for travel funding. Help out and come along to our SC events in Salt Lake City this November for free!

Women in HPC leading the change on improving diversity at ISC 2016

Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) will be running an exciting range of activities at ISC High Performance 2016 with the aim of broadening participation in the conference. The range of activities are designed to reach as broad of an audience as possible, prompt discussion, and encourage the adoption of best practices throughout the HPC community. Full details are available on the WHPC website with more information below. Please note:you must register through the ISC website for the workshop and BoF.

BoF: Addressing the gender gap in the HPC community 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 10.15am - 11.15am

The ISC 2016 Women in High Performance Computing BoF will once again bring together the HPC community to discuss the growing importance of increasing diversity in the workplace. The BoF will focus on how employers can improve diversity with discussions  on successful strategies implemented by employers to improve diversity and how unconscious or implicit bias can impact hiring and promotion. Panelists include: Jacqueline Chen (Distinguished member of technical staff, Sandia National Laboratories), and Carolyn Devany (President, Data Vortex Technologies) as well as an introduction from Women in HPC’s Toni Collis on the challenges of unconscious bias in the workplace.

Full details available here.

WHPC Lunch: A celebration of Women in HPC

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 12.30pm - 1.45pm

Women in HPC will host a special networking lunch during ISC week designed to celebrate the role of women in high performance computing careers. We are bringing together women leaders and young career women in corporate organizations, research institutions, academia, and business for networking, mentoring, and sharing of knowledge. Come and meet the Women in HPC team, leading employers (including our Keynote Sponsor, Intel), network with other women in the community, and find out about the Women in HPC initiative.

Registration is free and kindly supported by event sponsors: Intel, DDN, Data Vortex, and IBM.

Full details available here.

Fourth international workshop on Women in High Performance Computing

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9.00am - 1.00pm

This workshop will bring together employers and employees from the international HPC community to discuss methods to improve diversity such as modifying the way we recruit women and small changes that improve retention of female staff in the HPC workforce. The workshop will focus on two key themes:

1. Career development to give all women in HPC the feeling they belong in the community
2. Concrete steps that employers can take to improve diversity and retain female staff in the HPC workforce

These issues will be addressed by an expert panel including: Deb Agarwal, (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA); Alison Kennedy, (Hartree Centre, UK); Lorna Rivera, University of Illinois at (Urbana-Champaign, USA); and Figen (Ulgen Intel, USA). This year, we will also actively seek input from the audience to help address these issues by providing two parallel breakout sessions led by the panelists. The first session will gather new ideas for improving diversity in the workplace while the second will share career development skills with our early career attendees.

Full details available here.


Just the Facts

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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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