Women in HPC Australasia: Improving Diversity and Capability Development in HPC and eResearch spaces

Ms Kerri Wait3, Ms Jana Makar2, Mr Adam Huttner-Koros1

1National Computational Infrastructure, Canberra, Australia, 2New Zealand eScience Infrastructure, Auckland, New Zealand, 3Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


In this Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session, members from Australasia’s Women in High Performance Computing Chapter (WHPCAusNZ) will lead a participant-led discussion related to diversity and capability development within HPC and eResearch.

We will crowdsource the specific topic(s) to cover in the BoF, either prior to the session or on the day ‘unconference style’ by voting on suggestions put forward by attendees at the beginning of the session. Overall, our aim will be to tackle a topic that relates to at least one of the Chapter’s focus areas for 2021:

  • Raising visibility of women in HPC & eResearch in the AusNZ region
  • Offering low-barrier mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Sharing tips/best practice on how we/the community can do things better (ie. ‘How to make your event more inclusive’; ‘How to ensure your job advert doesn’t scare women/diversity away’; etc.)
  • Increasing the number of women and engagement of women in HPC
  • Fostering collaboration and connections amongst existing diversity and inclusion initiatives

Attendees will leave the session with a wider network of colleagues and potential contacts from across the eResearch space. They will also share in discussions that broaden their perspectives and provide real-world solutions to the barriers to engagement that women and minority groups in eResearch face.

This BoF provides a valuable opportunity to continue to grow the WHPCAusNZ community, connect researchers and move the WHPC and eResearch field towards a more inclusive and equitable environment.



Adam Huttner-Koros is a science communicator from Canberra, working at the National Computational Infrastructure. He came to the supercomputing world after some time in freelance writing. With interests spanning across science and linguistics, his broad experience in languages and science writing often comes in handy for cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary communication.


Jul 06 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 06 2021
  • Time: 12:00 am - 1:00 am