Equality and Diversity

ARCHER community: get involved!

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 | 14:22

The ARCHER service has been developing an open community where expertise and knowledge can be shared. It is designed to be inclusive and to engage with users of all HPC services in the UK: ARCHER, Tier-2 and University-level systems. There are a number of ways you can get involved...

Changing the world: Women In HPC at ISC 2017

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 7 Jul 2017 | 10:36

This year's ISC conference in Frankfurt was the best week for Women in HPC (WHPC) since our launch in 2014.

I spent a lot of my week personally talking about how I want to ‘make the world a better place’. It sounds very cliché but I believe it is a message that we in HPC need to embrace more if we are to encourage more women to move into HPC and something we all need to talk about more. As such as I was thrilled that during ISC, WHPC participated in activities across the full extent of the conference and spoke to a record number of attendees about the importance and benefits of creating an inclusive and diverse workforce. This was WHPC’s own little contribution to changing the world!

Closing the gap: Software Carpentry training for women

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 14 Jun 2016 | 10:24

Aleksandra Pawlik, former leader of the Software Sustainability Institute’s training activities, shares her thoughts about training aimed at women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Closing the gender gap in STEM is a broad topic. Increasing diversity and female participation at all levels of education and professional world in science and technology is a subject of lots of debates. The Software Sustainability Institute has hosted a series of blog posts on Women in Software. Different perspectives from the authors of these posts show that there are many challenges and many ways they could be addressed. 

Women in HPC workshop at Supercomputing 2014

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | 10:01

The Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network will run a workshop at Supercomputing 2014 in New Orleans on improving the representation of women in the international HPC community. WHPC supports collaboration and networking, bringing together female HPC scientists, researchers, developers, users and technicians from across the UK. 

Addressing gender diversity in STEM: thoughts from the Gender Summit

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 11:05

If you have read any of my previous blogs, you will know that I have an interest in the lack of women working in the field of HPC and Physics. Last week I was lucky to be able to attend the third international Gender Summit in Washington DC, which aims to address, discuss and share ideas on how to improve the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

To embrace diversity, should everyone be treated equally?

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 17 May 2013 | 14:52

In EPCC, as a mixture of mainly scientists and software developers, we are acutely aware of the gender imbalance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)  disciplines and of the low level of academic progression for women. EPCC is part of the School of Physics & Astronomy at Edinburgh, and therefore we are involved in the Institute of Physics' Juno Project, for which the School currently holds Juno Practitioner Status. However, as we progress and try to encourage diversity among our staff, we encounter issues with positive discrimination and changing behaviours.

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