Thu 02, Jun, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
CCH – Congress Center Hamburg
Congressplatz 1
Hamburg, , 20355


Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Community

Women in HPC — ISC’22 Workshop

We are pleased to announce that the thirteenth international Women in HPC workshop will be held at ISC22, Hamburg, Germany on Thursday, June 2nd – from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CEST at Hall Y10 in the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH). This year our workshop theme will be focused on providing a platform for the community to discuss diversity and inclusivity in HPC.

Following the overwhelming success of the previous WHPC workshops we will continue to focus on the methods and steps that can be taken to address the under-representation of women from all backgrounds, in particular, by discussing the following topics:

  • Being part of the solution: instructions for advocates and allies
  • Putting in place a framework to help women grow their careers
  • Explore pathways to leadership positions
  • Supporting other under-represented groups to create a more inclusive community

We will also provide opportunities aimed at promoting and providing women with the skills to thrive in HPC including:

  • Posters and lightning talks by women working in HPC
  • Short talks on topics including sponsorship and mentorship, reverse mentorship to achieve diversity, addressing toxic behaviour at work, career advancement strategies, dealing with the diversity/minority tax and 3-minute networking solution.


9.00 Session 1:

Promoting the Visibility of Women in HPC

9.00 – 9.10 Welcome
Workshop Chair

Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, NVIDIA

9.10 – 9.40 Keynote:

Science for everybody: Creating a diverse academic environment

Dr. Helena Liebelt, Professor of Computer Science at Deggendorf Institute of Technology
9.45 – 10.15
Short Talks

1: What is ‘Diversity Tax’? Exploring one of the ‘penalties’ women in tech pay.

2: Bridging the HPC Diversity Gaps: Practical Perspectives from South Africa


1: Cristin Merritt, Alces Flight

2: Werner Janse Van Rensburg, CHPC


10.15 – 10.35
Panel Discussion & Interaction Session

Lifting up Women and Underrepresented Groups in HPC

Panel Moderator

Elisabetta Boella, Lancaster University

  • Dr. Helena Liebelt
  • Cristin Merritt
  • Werner Janse Van Rensburg


Posters + Lightning Talks

Celebrating the Projects and Research being done by our Up-and-Coming Female Leadership + Innovators

Posters Chair

Marion Weinzierl, Durham University and the N8 CIR

  • Teresa Cervero
  • Angela Salom
  • Janina Schreiber
  • Sara Royuela
  • Lisa Claus
  • Lara Timm
  • Robin Timmis
Group Photo
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break Foyer Y
11.30 Session 2:

Career Development

11:35 – 12.20
Short Talks

1: Steering your career path towards leadership

2: A culture of work that works for all

3. Character and Community: Assets for Resilience


1: Laura Schulz, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ)

2: Jack Wells, NVIDIA

3. CJ Newburn, NVIDIA

12.20 – 12.50
Panel Discussion & Interactive Session

A Deep Dive into Career Development

Panel Moderator

Weronika Filinger, EPCC

  • Laura Schulz
  • Jack Wells
  • CJ Newburn
12.55 – 1.00 Workshop Actions and Final Remarks
Session Chair

Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, NVIDIA

Workshop Speakers, Panelists and Chairs

Dr. Helena Liebelt - Professor of Computer Science at Deggendorf Institute of Technology

Keynote Speaker

Helena founded her first digital start-up company at the age 18, while still studying Computer Science. She started her Intel career in 2005 as an Application Engineer within the Software and Solutions Group (SSG), developing good understanding of software products and the ISV market. She moved on building a SW lab supporting internal engineering community as well as external customers.

Since 2010 Helena was leading the HPC Market in Germany for almost a decade. Working with the in-country resources as well as collaborating and leveraging off the central enabling, marketing and platform teams to grow German HPC business.

In 2018 Helena received the prestigious Intel Achievement Award, Intel’s highest Honour, for her contribution to HPC. She has Doctorate in Economics (“Strategic change management in post crisis environment”) as well as formal education in Business Administration and Computer Science.

In 2018 Helena received a tenured position as a full Professor of Computer Science at her Alma Mater, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), where she build the first European “HPC and Quantum Computing” master program at the DIT in autumn 2021 with a high demand of students followed by a new bachelor Program on “Data Center Management” starting in 2022.

Helena is also the CISO and Director of the IT-Centre in charge of University IT.

Cristin Merritt, Alces Flight

Cristin Merritt is a Change Management Specialist focusing on cloud and new technology adoption within HPC.  With over 15 years of experience in Enterprise technology and 6 within HPC she brings to the table a diverse set of skills aimed at assisting clients in balancing the platforms, tools, and technology required to make their HPC service build successful.  At Alces Flight Cristin has focused on subscription-based HPC projects ranging on-premises, mixed and hybrid stacks, open-source, and cloud native HPC. As part of her volunteer work Cristin serves as the Social Media Editor for Women in HPC and the Supercomputing Conference (SC) series.  She is also an active member of the RSE UK community where currently she is learning more about the need for stronger diversity and inclusion in tech.

Cristin graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Classics and fell into working in tech while living in Houston, Texas.  Currently, she resides in Oxford, England with her husband, son, two cats and – needing more fur in her life – is about to adopt a dog.

Laura Schulz, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ)

Laura Schulz drives strategic development at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching, Germany in the fields of future-oriented computer technologies, particularly exascale, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. She is also the acting head of the Quantum Computing and Technologies department at LRZ.  Laura was the lead author on LRZ’s quantum strategic plan and is co-founder of the regional networking and tech scouting entity, Bavarian Quantum Computing eXchange (BQCX). Prior to joining LRZ in August 2017, she was Director of Marketing Communications at the HPC Innovation Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US.

Werner Janse Van Rensburg, CHPC

Werner Janse van Rensburg obtained his PhD (Computational Chemistry) in 2001.  He spent thirteen years in the private sector as an HPC applications scientist within the petrochemical industry in South Africa (SASOL), where he was responsible for applications research programs in catalysis research and the establishment of the HPC capabilities within the company.

In 2014 he took up the position as Research Manager at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) based in Cape Town, South Africa.  At the CHPC he works towards fulfilling the South African government mandate for making the national HPC facility a state of the art research enabling facility for the South African (African partner countries) research communities.

His role is focused on the uptake and productive use CHPC resources, collaboration and engagement with HPC stakeholders, training and development programs and next-generation HPC evaluation and adoption towards future deployments at the CHPC.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/werner-janse-van-rensburg-82235738/


Jack Wells, NVIDIA

Jack Wells is Scientific Program Manager at NVIDIA, where he engages thought leaders across the scientific computing ecosystem, focusing on aligning the NVIDIA computing platform with stakeholder goals and mission. Jack has a PhD in Physics from Vanderbilt University.  He is serving in the chair line of the American Physical Society’s Division of Computational Physics, and President of the OpenACC, a consortium dedicated to helping the research community advance science by expanding their accelerated and parallel computing capabilities.

CJ Newburn, NVIDIA

Chris J. Newburn, who goes by CJ, is a Principal Architect who drives HPC strategy and the SW product roadmap in NVIDIA Compute Software, with a special focus on data center architecture and security, IO, systems, and programming models for scale.  He has a passion for extending the core capabilities of hardware and software platforms from HPC into security, AI, data science, and visualization.  He is a community builder, starting a middle and high school, founding multi-year developer to developer engagements with the DoE, the HPC Containers Advisory Council, and serving in a leadership role of a faith community.


The WHPC workshop at ISC22 would not be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers.

Workshop Organising Committee Members

  • Workshop Chair: Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, NVIDIA
  • Workshop Co-Chair: Weronika Filinger, EPCC and the University of Edinburgh
  • Mentoring Chair: Martina Prugger, University of Innsbruck
  • Invited Talks Chair: Elisabetta Boella, Lancaster University and the Cockcroft Institute
  • Submissions Chair: Marion Weinzierl, Durham University and the N8 CIR
  • Publicity Chair: Cristin Merritt, Alces Flight

Supporting Institutions

Support for this workshop would not be possible without the following institutions

Call for Posters


As part of the workshop, we invite submissions from women to present their work to the HPC community as a poster accompanied with a short/lightning talk. There will be the opportunity to meet and network with leaders and employers from across the HPC community and discuss your work with them.

Submissions for posters are invited as extended abstracts (max. 500 words) and a poster (draft format is acceptable) in any area that utilises high performance computing. Not required at submission stage, but required for accepted submissions, authors are expected to give a short lightning talk (3 minutes) at the workshop itself.

Once accepted, presenters will be provided the opportunity to work with a mentor to aid in the creating a final, printable poster to take and display (from May 31st) at the event as well as the opportunity to polish their abstract and lightning talk.

We are encouraging women who consider themselves to be ‘early career’ (i.e., still studying or within five years of graduation) to participate, however this opportunity is open to help everyone who feels they may benefit from presenting their work, irrespective of career stage.


  • Present: successful authors will present their work in a lightening talk at the workshop to an HPC audience, including peers and leading women across the international HPC community. Exclusive to ISC22 you will also have the opportunity to present your poster as part of the main ISC22 poster programme
  • Networking: build your HPC network, meet peers and potential employers.
  • Advice and mentoring: Receive expert advice and mentorship to help prepare for your presentation, including slides, how to structure a lightning talk for effective communication and how to make the most of the networking time afterwards.


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.

As an author you will have the opportunity to share your work with the workshop audience in a brief ‘elevator pitch’ talk. This will be followed by the coffee break where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss your work.

To submit your abstract please follow this link.

Should you wish to see a sample of the entire application, it can be viewed here.


Full details on preparation of the posters will be send to successful authors on 16th May.

If you have questions please contact info@womeninhpc.org.

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