ISC 2017 BoF: Addressing the gender gap in the community

Wednesday 21 June 2017, 13:45-14:45
Substanz 1+2, Forum, Frankfurt Messe Conference Centre

Most of us recognise that diverse teams are good for productivity and output. But do you know how to improve diversity and build a more inclusive environment? Have you ever heard of unconscious bias, stereotype threat or imposter syndrome? Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough to be in the community or feel like a ‘fraud’? This BoF will discuss the real effects of these three topics on the workplace, providing the audience with an introduction to each theme, how they may affect you and how they impact employers, employees, advisors, managers or your peers.


  • Kim McMahon: McMahon Consulting (USA); XandMcMahon (USA), Women in HPC


  • Toni Collis: The University of Edinburgh (UK) & Women in HPC
    Unconscious bias
  • Kelly Gaither: Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin (USA)
    Imposter syndrome
  • Joanna Leng: The University of Leeds (UK)
    Stereotype threat

The BoF will encourage audience participation with the use of audience focused discussions based on case studies developed with generating ideas, encouraging attendees to tackle difficult situations and understand the underlying, often hidden, causes for the under-representation of certain groups in our community. This discussion will also be of benefit when considering improving diversity underrepresented groups other than women.

Don’t forget to check out all of our events at ISC 2017 here.