Our blog has been quiet lately, perhaps quieter than we would like. But behind the scenes we were busy bees, making general plans for the year to come and organizing activities for the next weeks and months. Now it’s finally time to open the curtain a tiny bit and give you a glimpse of what we have in the pipeline.

March 8 is the International Women’s Day. Last year our WHPC chapter was too young to organize anything, but this year we are proud to have made it (just) in time. We have not only organized one event or a social media activity for that day but actually a full day of networking events, talks and discussions at the JSC (and online), supported by the FZJ Equal Opportunities Bureau and our Equal Opportunities Officer. We will start with a talk and open discussion about the gender dimension in AI research, discuss with our network what they would like to do this year, and meet some female super(computing)heroes.

This superheroes session is actually already a little teaser for another “next big thing” on the horizon: We have successfully applied for a BoF at ISC24 with the same name together with a few other European women in HPC. The session on the International Women’s Day will be a little test run for the BoF – but more on that later.

These activities are only the tip of the iceberg. The coming months cast their shadows ahead and we will soon be more active here again – for example with a summary of the “Gender Dimension in AI” discussion.

About Anna Lührs

Anna Lührs started to work at the JSC in 2008 as apprentice (Mathematisch-Technische Softwareentwicklerin MaTSE), and stayed part-time during her master programme. For her master thesis she developed an image segmentation algorithm for Polarized Light Imaging brain data in collaboration with the INM-1. Afterwards she joined the division HPC in Neuroscience, for which she meanwhile acted as deputy lead, first as research associate. In 2014 she shifted her focus towards project management, research coordination and science communication for the Human Brain Project, an EU-funded project with more than 100 project partners and a total duration of 10 years. She has recently joined the Office for (Inter-)national Coordination and Networking at the JSC.

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