ISC High Performance 2019 Inclusivity

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.

We will also host the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) at ISC 2019, to support and raise awareness for their diversity and inclusivity efforts. 



“Kim                Laura Schulz


Gender Diversity

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.

The ISC 2019 Inclusivity Chair, Kim McMahon of Cloud Foundry Foundation and Co-Chair, Laura Schulz from Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, will be actively sharing their experience in executing a sustainable plan regarding improving gender diversity at our conference.



Male vs. Female Representation at ISC 2016

Gender Diversity ISC 2016


Male vs. Female Representation at ISC 2017

Gender Diversity ISC 2017


Male vs. Female Representation at ISC 2018Gender Diversity Goals ISC 2018

Geographic Diversity

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

ISC Attendees vs. Session Chairs