The 11th International WHPC Workshop at SC19 Announce Call for Lightning Talks

July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019 — Women in HPC will once again attend the Supercomputing conference to discuss diversity and inclusivity topics. Activities will bring together women and male allies from across the international HPC community, provide opportunities to network, showcase the work of inspiring women, and discuss how we can all work towards improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing.

The 11th International Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) workshop at SC19 in Denver brings together the HPC community to discuss the growing importance of increasing diversity in the workplace. This workshop will recognize and discuss the challenges of improving the proportion of women in the HPC community, and is relevant for employers and employees throughout the supercomputing workforce who are interested in addressing diversity. Previous Women in HPC workshops at SC were great successes, with over 90 attendees in the past two workshops, receiving 32 and 21 posters from early-mid career women, respectively.

Sessions will focus on the following areas:

  • Surviving difficult events and how to minimize the impact on your career
  • Managing and resolving imposter syndrome
  • Building an effective professional network
  • How to get a new job or promotion
  • Behaviors for inclusion: coping strategies for unconscious bias and micro-aggression
  • Being a parent, guardian and caregiver: dealing with the guilt
  • Pointers on making and engaging male allies at workplace

The workshop will provide activities of interest to three particular groups:

  • Those responsible for hiring and recruiting staff that are interested in increasing diversity and retention of underrepresented groups in their organization;
  • Early and mid-career women working in HPC who wish to improve their career opportunities;
  • Diversity allies: those wishing to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture who want to learn and share tips and methods for bringing about cultural change.

The day will include presentations from early-career women showcasing their HPC work in a lightning talks session, networking, and the opportunity to meet mentors and peers. We will include talks that will provide instructions for advocates and allies with strategies for improving workplace diversity, and becoming a part of the solution. We will also include a series of short talks on career-focused topics, including: building and maintaining workplace resilience, best practices from organizations on improving workplace diversity, working out the two-body problem, and challenges and opportunities for women in entrepreneurship/venture capital. This will provide the attendees with tools on becoming a better leader in the workforce, effectively dealing with challenges at work, and managing work-life balance.

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. Our career development activities are beneficial to all and anyone interested in shaping their career is encouraged to participate.

Call for Contributions Closing date: 14 August 2019 AOE

As part of the workshop, we invite submissions from women in industry and academia to present their work as a lightning talk. This will promote the engagement of women in HPC research and applications, provide opportunities for peer to peer networking, and the opportunity to interact with female role models and employers. Submissions are invited on all topics relating to HPC from users and developers. All abstracts should emphasise the computational aspects of the work, such as the facilities used, the challenges that HPC can help address and any remaining challenges etc.

Please note that registration for workshops and BOFS must be completed via the  SC 2019 WEBSITE.


Source: PRACE

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