PRACE awarded WHPC Affiliate Status in new WHPC Chapter and Affiliates Programme
Building on the productive and ground-breaking partnership between PRACE and Women in HPC established in 2014, PRACE becomes one of the first WHPC affiliates.
PRACE is proud to announce its recognition as one of the first WHPC Affiliate organisations in the new Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) Pilot Programme.
PRACE has long recognised that enabling equal opportunity and participation is vital to enhance competitiveness. Showcasing the talents of these extraordinary women will hopefully inspire the next generation of researchers – both male and female – as the number of women working in HPC continues to grow. Some examples of the initiatives PRACE has already taken to promote diversity and inclusivity:
- The special edition of the PRACE Women in HPC Digest celebrated the contribution of women to the world of HPC and computational science.
- The 2015 PRACE Women in HPC Magazine
- The annual PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC, inaugurated in 2016, awarded to young female scientists who are making an outstanding contributions and impact HPC and serve as role models for others.
“We are thrilled to welcome PRACE as a WHPC Affiliate under our new pilot program.” says Dr Sharon Broude Geva, WHPC’s Director of Chapters and Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARC) at the University of Michigan (U-M). “We anticipate that the new WHPC affiliates will provide amplification of the WHPC mission to diversify the International HPC community, encourage the gathering of statistics of where women are in the community, what roles they fill and also helping us to identify why women leave and what we can do about it.”
“The new WHPC Chapter and Affiliate Pilot Programme is a crucial step in improving retention of women in the HPC community”, said Dr Toni Collis, Chair and co-founder of WHPC and Chief Business Development Officer at Appentra Solutions.
About Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) and the Chapters and Affiliates Pilot Programme
Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) was created with the vision to encourage women to participate in the HPC community by providing fellowship, education, and support to women and the organizations that employ them. Through collaboration and networking, WHPC strives to bring together women in HPC and technical computing while encouraging women to engage in outreach activities and improve the visibility of inspirational role models.
WHPC has launched a pilot programme for groups to become Affiliates or Chapters. The programme will share the knowledge and expertise of WHPC as well as help to tailor activities and develop diversity and inclusion goals suitable to the needs of local HPC communities. During the pilot WHPC will work with the Chapters and Affiliates to support and promote the work of women in their organizations, develop crucial role models, and assist employers in the recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive HPC workforce.
WHPC is stewarded by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh. For more information visit http://www.womeninhpc.org