Diversity at ISC High Performance
ISC High Performance is recognized internationally for its strength in bringing together different academic and commercial disciplines to share knowledge in the field of high performance computing. With our first event dating back over 30 years, we’ve created a community spanning the globe. Over that period we have welcomed attendees from over 80 countries, which has made ISC a highly diverse event.
But in other aspects our community is less diverse, especially with regard to gender. Women remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce, including that of HPC. This also is apparent at conferences like ISC, where only 10 to 15 percent of attendees are women. To help females who do work in our industry have a stronger representation at community gatherings, we have appointed HPC diversity champion, Kim McMahon, CEO of McMahon Consulting, as ISC 2018 Diversity Chair. We have integrated a sustainable plan regarding improving gender diversity at our conference.
Male vs. Female Representation at ISC 2016
Improvements Achieved at ISC 2017
Goals for ISC 2018 (with the hope to reach or exceed the 2017 results!)
Over 70 percent of ISC High Performance attendees are from outside Germany. As we are an HPC forum for an international community, it is important to us that geographic diversity is reflected in the program offering as well as the individual session set-up.
Starting 2019, we will ensure that the regional breakdown of our session chairs reflects that of our attendees even better than it currently does (see graph below).
Breakdown of ISC Attendees vs. ISC 2018 Session Chairs