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Women in HPC at SC16: Call for Posters and Participation

June 28, 2016 by Rebecca Hartman-Baker

Women in HPC at SC16: Call for posters and participation

Sunday 13th November 2016
9am-5pm, Mountain Time
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Poster submission deadline: Monday 24th July 2016 AOE

The fifth international Women in HPC workshop will take place at SC16, Salt Lake City, USA. The workshop will address the under-representation of women in the HPC community by discussing and addressing the challenges faced by women and how to improve the opportunities provided to women.

The workshop will provide activities of interest to two particular groups:
* Those responsible for hiring and recruiting staff that are interested in increasing diversity and retention of under-represented groups in their organisation

* Early and mid career women working in HPC who wish to improve their career opportunities.

We invite anyone interested in improving diversity in the community to attend.

Activities will include a keynote address and panel discussions on strategies that have been implemented to increase diversity. The workshop will encourage participation from the audience to increase ideas generation by following the panel with breakout sessions to further discuss the issues raised. We would like to invite people from all aspects of the community to engage in this discussion, irrespective of career stage or workplace type to fully explore the opportunities for disseminating best practices to the wider community.
The day will conclude with opportunities for early career women to showcase their HPC work in a poster session, networking, the opportunity to meet mentors and peers, and  a coaching session led by certified executive coach, Trish Damkroger (LLNL), to provide the attendees with tools on becoming a better leader in the workforce.
We welcome participation from everyone in the HPC community to discuss the most appropriate and beneficial actions that can be taken to address the gender imbalance in HPC and the strategies that could be adopted to achieve these goals.

Call for posters: Now Open!

Deadline for submission: 24 July 2016

As part of the workshop we invite submissions from women to present their HPC work to the HPC community as a poster and lightening talk. There will be the opportunity to meet with leading employers from across the HPC community and discuss your work with them. After submission, presenters will be provided with a mentor to aid in the preparation of their poster and lightning talk before the workshop. Submissions for posters are invited as short abstracts (max 300 words) in any area that utilises high performance computing. Successful authors will be asked to provide a copy-ready version of their poster by October 1st 2016

To submit your work please email your abstract as a word or text document containing the following information to by 24 July 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:


Panel discussion and breakout sessions
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.

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 the SC16 website. For the workshop please register to attend the Sunday workshop session, which can be done either with as add-on to the conference program, or as a separate workshop-only pass.