CISL Seminar Series - "Opportunities and Challenges: Diversifying Your Workforce" - Toni Collis

06/02/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
ML - Main Seminar Room

The under-representation of women and minorities is a challenge that the entire supercomputing industry faces. As a community we are only just beginning to measure and understand how ‘leaky’ our pipeline is, but attrition rates are likely as high as the general tech community: 41% of women working in tech eventually leave the field (compared to just 17% of men).

This session will discuss the work being carried out by Women in HPC and ARCHER to diversify HPC in the UK and beyond. I will discuss the impact of inhibiting factors such as unconscious bias and impostor syndrome as well steps that can be taken to address these issues in the workplace, in recruitment activities and in training.



Toni Collis, Co-Founder of Women in HPC & Applications Consultant in HPC Research & Industry, EPCC, University of Edinburgh.

Toni Collis is an Applications Consultant in HPC Research and Industry, providing consultancy and project management on a range of academic and commercial projects at EPCC, the University of Edinburgh Supercomputing Centre.

Toni has a wide-ranging interest in the use of HPC to improve the productivity of scientific research, in particular developing new HPC tools, improving the scalability of software and introducing new programming models to existing software. Toni is also a consultant for the Software Sustainability Institute and a member of the ARCHER team, providing ARCHER users with support and resources for using the UK national supercomputing service as effectively as possible. In 2013 Toni co- founded Women in HPC (WHPC) as part of her work with ARCHER. WHPC has now become an internationally recognized initiative, addressing the under- representation of women working in high performance computing.

Toni is Inclusivity Chair and a member of the Executive committee for the SC17 conference. Toni is also a member of the XSEDE Advisory Board and has contributed to the organization and program of a number of conferences and workshops over the last five years.