Women in HPC at SC18

SC18 will bring together the international supercomputing community in Dallas, Texas, USA, for a week of HPC, networking, data science, cloud computing and of course discussion on how to improve the diversity and inclusion in the HPC community. We are delighted to be taking part once again, and hosting a wide variety of activities. We hope to meet as many of our members, supporters and advocates as possible during the SC18 week.

If you are interested in the work of WHPC, what we do and how you can get involved, join us at SC18 and contribute to the discussion.


Sunday 11th November, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Room D220, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas

9th International WHPC Workshop: Diversifying the HPC Community

The ninth international Women in HPC workshop will be held at SC18, Dallas, USA. Following the overwhelming success of the WHPC workshop at SC17 we will focus on the following topics this year:

  • How to build workplace resilience and maintain well-being, while managing work stress.
  • Being part of the solution: instructions for advocates and allies.
  • Best practices from organizations on improving workplace diversity.
  • Managing the two-body problem and achieving an effective work-life balance.

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

  • Short talks by women working in HPC
  • Pointers on how to handle workplace conflicts and effectively respond to discrimination
  • Short talks on best practices about equity frameworks outside HPC, suggestions and challenges for women in venture capitals, effectively dealing with workplace discrimination, building a successful career, excelling in the workforce, etc.

Full details on the workshop are available here.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at SC18

Diversity Day!

Join WHPC and our T-shirt Supporter, Arista Networks, to celebrate the work of Women in HPC, and the benefits of a diverse workforce.

On Tuesday 13th November, at the SC18 conference, we are asking Women in HPC members and our allies to wear the WHPC 2018 T-shirt, and our purple diversity wristbands in support of all women and under-represented groups in the HPC community.

Collect your T-shirt, courtesy of Arista Networks, and wristband, at the WHPC Workshop on Sunday 11th, or during the WHPC Evening Gala from our the booths of our Chapters including:

  • The University of Michigan – booth 1204
  • PRACE – booth 2033

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 from 18:30 to 21:00 (CST), Cafe Herrera on Lamar (at the Omni Dallas) | 555 South Lamar Street | Dallas, TX 75202

WHPC@SC18 Networking and Careers Reception

Join the WHPC members as we celebrate a growing community of women and their supporters in the supercomputing community!

We invite you to join us for a special networking evening with appetizers and drinks. Hosted by Anchor Supporter, Intel in collaboration with Career Supporters: Compute CanadaEPCCLenovoIBMNAGNCSAUniversity of Michigan, and our Diversity and Media Supporter, Science Node. We celebrate the work done by WHPC, and to meet members, founders, advocates, and supporters.

Our evening and lunch events have a reputation for being unlike any other HPC party you will attend, with a supportive and exciting networking atmosphere.

Registration is limited, so register now at Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.


Wednesday, November 14th, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm, Room C145, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas

BoF: Women in HPC: the Importance of Male Allies

In a male-dominated field such as HPC, male allies are particularly vital to ensure that women advance equitably in their careers. Research shows that men who work to support, mentor and sponsor their women colleagues are viewed favourably, while women advocating for equity are viewed unfavourably. Organizations with effective male allies exhibit improved career satisfaction and better retention of women. In this BoF, panellists will explore how male allies have made a difference in their careers and contrast their allyship with examples of exclusionary experiences.


Make sure you register for the correct activity by reading our quick Registration guide.


Our events are only possible because of the generous support we receive.

Networking Reception Anchor Supporter

Mentoring Breakfast Supporter

Diversity Day Supporter


Networking Reception Career Supporters

Networking Reception Diversity and Media Supporter

Organiser support



If you would like to support us please get in touch.