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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!

The Big Bang Fair and ARCHER Champions

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 20 Mar 2016 | 10:01

Broadening participation in HPC: taking outreach to the next level

Learning about SAFE at ARCHER Champions

One of the reasons why EPCC set up Women in HPC is because we recognised there was a problem. The problem was the apparent lack of women in the supercomputing community. When my colleagues and I started Women in HPC, our purpose was very clear: to recruit and retain women in the international HPC workforce.

Women in HPC at Supercomputing 2014

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 28 Nov 2014 | 15:03

Last week Women in HPC took the HPC community (and New Orleans) by storm. As Supercomputing 2014 took over New Orleans, Women in HPC took over Supercomputing with a fantastic response.

EPCC enters the Ice Bucket Water Challenge

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | 10:44

Yesterday members of EPCC collectively undertook the ice bucket challenge. Ten of us (Toni Collis, Mark Sawyer, Eilidh Troup, Arno Proeme, Nick Johnson, Fiona Reid,Maciej Olchowik, Terry Sloan, Andy Turner, Mario Antonioletti) participated in this event. You can witness their pain below:

Up to this point we have raised £181.50 for a number of charities.

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).

PGAS 2013 is coming to Edinburgh

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 6 Sep 2013 | 10:44

Registration is now open for PGAS 2013.

EPCC is hosting the 7th International Conference on PGAS Programming Models in Edinburgh from 3-4th October and we have now finalised an exciting programme. The PGAS conference is the premier forum to present and discuss ideas and research developments in the area of PGAS models, languages, compilers, runtimes, applications and tools, PGAS architectures and hardware features. It is being held outside the United States for the first time.

ScotCHEM Computational Chemistry Symposium 2013 – or why I need to learn more Chemistry

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 21 Jun 2013 | 17:05

Last week I attended ScotChem 2013 at the School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews. This two-day event  was founded by Carole Morrison (Chemistry, University of Edinburgh) and Tanja van Mourik (Chemistry, University of St Andrews) to bring together computational chemists in Scotland, and I went along to find out how the HPC community is involved in computational chemistry. This was also the first year that the ScotCHEM meeting was held over two days - the first day was focused on a CCP5 workshop on modelling the chemistry and biochemistry of condensed phases. This workshop also aimed to address the underrepresentation of women in Chemistry by showcasing an all-female cast! It certainly is impressive to see so many female computational chemists, as normally I feel surrounded by men!

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.