Fri 04, Sep, 2015
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
British Computer Society
1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street
London, , WC2E 7HA
United Kingdom

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Careers for Women in HPC UK

Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) will run its second UK workshop in collaboration with the British Computer Society (BCS) in London on Friday 4th September 2015.

Ever thought about embarking on a special career in High Performance Computing? Curious to know what it’s all about? Join us for this fascinating event where we unlock the mysteries of “supercomputing”. Hear first hand from our industry speakers how businesses and industry are harnessing these great advances in High Performance Computing to bring you the latest in medium range weather forecasts and other services. Come along,  meet new people and talk to our experts and be inspired to consider a career in this fast growing industry of High Performance Computing.


9:30 Registration & Coffee
10:00 Welcome
10.10 – 11.10 Working in the HPC sector

  • Speaker 1: Georgina Ellis
  • Speaker 2: Clare McDonald
  • Speaker 3: Lorna Smith: What does it mean to work with HPC in a University?
  • Speaker 4: Alison Kennedy: How HPC can help your research.
  • Speaker 5: Gillian Arnold: How to ask for a payrise & managing your manager at appraisal time.

11.10 Panel session: working in HPC and how to get funding
12:00 – 13.00 Speed networking/mentoring session
13.02 – 14.00 Lunch including time to network and careers ‘stalls’
14.00 – Close

The workshop will provide an opportunity for women working in HPC to network with other women and to shape the future of the WHPC network. The day will conclude with a discussion on how the network can encourage women to consider and maintain a career in HPC.


Registration is open to all, particularly female students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and post-doctoral staff. However, the event is open to all and we encourage attendance to anyone considering or currently in a career using HPC.

Registration is through the British Computer Society website: https://events.bcs.org/book/1651/.


Georgina Ellis

Georgina Ellis has over a decade of experience in HPC design and installation, Technical Computing and storage, Government computing, account management and Cloud Computing and has worked with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sector. Georgina is an accredited Ambassador for the STEM network and Bloodhound SSC programs with the aim of inspiring the next generation of supercomputer experts.

Clare McDonald

Clare is the business editor at Computer Weekly, covering IT issues in key business sectors including retail, media and manufacturing, as well as IT skills, IT education and women & diversity in the industry.

Lorna Smith

Lorna Smith is a Group Manager at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) and deputy directory of the ARCHER CSE service, providing training, user support and programme management for the UK’s National HPC service. She has a wide range of interests in supercomputing including the investigation of new languages and the challenges of utilising future Exascale platforms. She was involved in the establishment and management of the Exascale Technology Centre at EPCC, is the project manager for the EU Framework 7 funded Exascale Project CRESTA and is the local coordinator for the Exascale EPiGRAM project.

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy is Executive Director of EPCC, the High Performance Computing centre based at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) which is the European HPC Infrastructure and is a member of the Executive Council of the European Data Infrastructure EUDAT. She began her working life as a real time systems programmer in industry and has now worked in HPC at EPCC for over 20 years, managing large collaborative projects in HPC and Data. Alison is also a founding member and board member of the Women in HPC (WHPC) network.

Gillian Arnold

Gillian currently chairs BCSWomen and is a non-executive director on the board of WISE.  She was in the top 10 of the Computer Weekly ‘Most Influential Women in IT this year, and was awarded the CISCO Inspirational Woman of the year in 2012.   After a career in IBM spanning a couple of decades, she is now running her own company, Tectre.

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