Are women underrepresented in the High Performance Computing (HPC) community?

Athina Frantzana


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This study is the first attempt to understand the current gender demographics of the HPC community, and identify potential reasons and ways to tackle the gender imbalance. By listening to the people who constitute the community, the study offers a guideline on what the HPC community should focus on in order to become more attractive, accessible and useful to everyone.

Type: Talk (45 mins); Python level: Beginner; Domain level: Beginner

Athina Frantzana

University of Edinburgh

Athina Frantzana has just completed her PhD studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research focused on gender diversity in the High Performance Computing (HPC) community: the reasons for the gender imbalance, the problems this causes to the community, the benefits of increasing diversity, and the effectiveness of a range of approaches designed to improve gender diversity. She is also a co-founder of the Women in HPC (WHPC) Network and an active member of various organisations and initiatives which promote and support women in STEM. She works tirelessly towards achieving gender equality in STEM through her projects and by organising and participating in conferences, providing mentoring, taking part in outreach activities, writing articles and Wikipedia pages.