Sun 15, Nov, 2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
United States


Workshop - Diversifying the HPC Community

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 SC20 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 100 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 organisation;
  • 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.



Workshop Speakers, Panelists and Chairs



The WHPC workshop at SC20 would not be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers.

Workshop Committee

  • Workshop Chair: Gokcen Kestor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Call for Lightning Talks

Deadline for submissions: TBA.

As part of the workshop we invite submissions from women to present their HPC work to the HPC community as a short/lightning 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 talk and and associate materials before the workshop. Submissions for talks are invited as extended abstracts (max 500 words) in any area that utilizes high performance computing. Successful authors will be asked to provide a version of their work highlighting its goals, accomplishments and impact in the form of postcards (Deadline TBA). Authors are also expected to give a short lightning talk (3 minutes) at the workshop.

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.

Benefits of participating:
  • 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 emphasize 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. All attendees will be given a ‘postcard’ outlining the key points of your work, to encourage networking with you.

To submit your abstract for a poster please prepare the following and submit via the SC20 Linklings submission site – make sure your choose ‘SC20 Workshop: Women in HPC’:

  1. Author/presenter information (For all authors):
    • first and last name;
    • current institution(s);
    • short biography (max 300 words);
    • company/institution;
    • country; and
    • photograph for website publicity.
  2. Lightning talk information
      • Title;
      • Extended abstract (up to 500 words).
Notification date: TBA.

Successful authors will be asked to prepare and submit a postcard design for use during networking at the event. For the work you intend to present, the postcard should include:

  • objectives of the work being discussed;
  • accomplishments so far;
  • goals of the work.

Full details on preparation of the postcard will be send to successful authors on TBA.

Camera ready deadline

Final versions of the extended abstract and postcards will be due by TBA.

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

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Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta | United States
Sun 15, Nov, 2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta | United States
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