On the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2024, our network JuWinHPC organised some events with the friendly support of the FZJ’s Equal Opportunities Bureau (BfC) and the Equal Opportunities Officer. The first big bang was a thought-provoking, engaging presentation by our colleague Carolin Penke titled “What could possibly go wrong – Dangers of recent AI advancements from a diversity perspective”. Afterwards, we discussed the “Gender Dimension in AI” with about 30 participants in the room, while the entire session was also followed by another about ten colleagues online.

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The last two weeks of September were quite busy for me, as I participated in three different events featuring three distinct talks across three different fields. Each event required also preparation from my side and interaction with various audiences.

What can I say, for those who know me, it’s no secret that I enjoy talking, but each time before my talk, I could not shake the feeling, this feeling of self-doubt creeping in. I’d ask myself, „What am I doing here? Look at all these guys so brilliant and well-prepared. I feel like I have no idea of anything, and they’ll surely see right through me, I‘m a fraud!“

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The Women in HPC (WHPC) organisation delivered two great events at the ISC23 with two JuWinHPC colleagues, Ruth Schöbel and Claire Wyatt, on the organising committee. WHPC were invited to ‘take-over’ the HPC Solutions Forum stage in the Exhibition Hall and provided a poster networking event.

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My partner Marian and I both work as scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Because he also wants to spend time with our son and I did not want to pause my work completely, we decided to share the parental leave. We both reduced our working hours to about half and Marian goes to work on the days when I am at home and the other way around.

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