may, 2019

08may12:00 am6:00 pmEPCC's Women in HPC Chapter Launch


Event Details

EPCC’s Women in HPC Chapter is excited to announce that we will be holding a launch event, to celebrate our recently formed chapter and to engage and develop our Women in HPC community. The chapter has a strong focus on diversity and we are particularly keen that the launch is open and welcoming to all, whether you are interested in becoming a member of the network or simply keen to be an ally and supporter.

The launch is free to attend and will take a workshop approach, with short lightning talks, breakout sessions and opportunities for discussion and networking.

The event will focus on two areas in particular: The first will look at the challenges and opportunities for women to develop their professional skills and profile throughout their careers. Through a series of lightning talks, participants will discuss their experiences and challenges before breaking into discussion groups. The second will focus on celebrating and encouraging diversity in high performance computing and computational science. Opportunities will exist for break out sessions and discussion in areas such as outreach, publicity, recruitment and the working environment.

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Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in increasing diversity in High Performance Computing, research software engineering and in computational science. Anyone with an interest in the Women in HPC initiative. EPCC’s Chapter is a UK wide Chapter and we encourage registrations from individuals within and outwith Edinburgh.


Please register via EPCC’s registration page


  • 12:00-12:30 Registration, arrival, coffee and tea
  • 12:30-12:45 Welcome and overview of the Chapter – Lorna Smith, EPCC

Session 1

  • 12:45-13:30 Lightning talks
    • Speaker 1: Jo Leng, Leeds
    • Speaker 2: Linda Dewar, EPCC
    • Speaker 3: Toni Collis, WHPC
  • 13:40-14:10 Tea, Coffee, Juice
    • Speaker 4: Paul Clark, EPCC
    • Speaker 5: Neil Chue Hong, SSI
  • 14:45-15:00 Short Break
  • 15:00-15:45 Breakout sessions
    Proposed Topics:

    • Encouraging diversity through Outreach
    • Family work/life balance
    • Career Progression
    • Encouraging diversity through projects in the Workplace
  • 15:45-16:15 Breakout group feedback
  • 16:15-16:30 Wrap up and closure
  • 17:00-18:00 Informal Networking session with refreshment


The workshop will be held in St Leonard’s Hall, located at Pollock Halls. This is a mid-nineteenth century mansion with many original features. Arthur’s seat makes a lovely backdrop. In the past this was used as a school and is reputed to be the inspiration behind St Trinian’s school in the novels by Ronald Searle.


For those travelling from outside Edinburgh, St Leanords is located at the University’s Pollock Halls site. Accommodation options are available on the Pollock Halls site, very close to the conference centre:

For further information, please visit Edinburgh First. There are many hotels and B&Bs available in the area, within easy walking distance of the conference location. The closest can be found on Dalkeith Road, Marchhall Crescent, Priestfield Road, Kilmaurs Road, Kilmaurs Terrace, Minto Street and Mayfield Gardens.


(Wednesday) 12:00 am - 6:00 pm BST


St Leonard's, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh

St Leonard's, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh



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