ISC STEM Student Day & Gala

ISC High Performance is a forum for HPC community members to network and explore opportunities - for current experts but also for future generations. We have created a program to welcome STEM students into the world of high performance computing, demonstrate how technical skills can propel their future careers in this area, introduce them to the current job landscape, and also show them what the European HPC workforce will look like in 2020 and beyond.

The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala will take place on Wednesday, June 21 and is free for students. 

The Registration is Now Closed.

Day Program at Messe Frankfurt

3:10 pm – 4:40 pm   Guided Tour of the ISC 2017 Exhibition

4:40 pm – 5:15 pm   Explore the Exhibition on Your Own

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm   Watch the Student Cluster Competition Awarding

5:30 pm – 6:15 pm   Attend Thomas Sterling’s Keynote

Evening Program at Marriott Frankfurt

Kim McMahonThe Evening Program is chaired by Kim McMahon, President and CEO of McMahon Consulting.





7:00 pm - 7:10 pm   Welcome and Drinks

7:10 pm - 7:20 pm   Welcome Address by Toni Collis


Challenges and Opportunities: Careers in HPCToni Collis, Co-Founder of Women in HPC 

High Performance Computing and the parallel programming is permeating more and more of our lives, with multi-core technology now available in not just your laptop but your phone. However, Supercomputing still lacks gender diversity. The next generation of HPC experts can lead the change that this community needs, challenging the status quo and at the same time bringing HPC to a broader field than ever seen before.


Toni CollisToni Collis is an Applications Consultant in HPC Research and Industry EPCC, the University of Edinburgh Supercomputing Centre and co-Founder of Women in HPC. 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 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 organisation and program of a number of conferences and workshops over the last five years.


7:20 pm - 8:00 pm   Keynote Address by Steve Conway & Michael Bader


HPC Education: Golden Opportunities and Misperceptions - Steve Conway, Hyperion

At a time when university graduates in science and engineering may find job markets difficult, thousands of well-paying jobs go unfilled in Europe and across the world because the graduates lack basic HPC competency and because "supercomputing" is sometimes mistakenly seen as an old technology. In this session, Steve Conway will describe the problem and the opportunities, and Michael Bader of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will expand on this to show how his academic institution has been responding on behalf of its students.


Steve ConwaySteve Conway, Senior Research Vice President, Hyperion Research, directs research related to the worldwide HPC and high performance data analysis (HPDA) markets. He is a member of the steering committee of the HPC User Forum and a frequent conference speaker and author, including of the global study for the U.S. Department of Energy, Talent and Skill Sets Issues Impacting HPC Data Centers. Mr. Conway was an executive at Cray, SGI and CompuServe. He had a 12-year career in university teaching and administration at Boston University and Harvard University. A former Senior Fulbright Fellow, he holds advanced degrees in German from Columbia University and in comparative literature from Brandeis University.


Wanted: New Brains for New Racks Michael Bader, TUM

Supercomputing has undergone disruptive changes, such as towards manycore CPUs and accelerators. More changes are yet to come, and at the same time new algorithms and new applications for supercomputing are emerging everywhere. Hence, a new generation of HPC experts (“brains”) is wanted, to set new limits of what supercomputers (“racks”) may achieve – and such HPC experts need to come from all fields of science and engineering, applied mathematics  and computing alike. 


Michael BaderMichael Bader is associate professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He works on hardware-aware algorithms in CSE (computational science and engineering) and HPC. His main focus is on the challenges imposed by the latest supercomputing platforms and the development of efficient and scalable algorithms and software for simulation tasks in science and engineering. Since 2001, he's been involved in TUM's international Master's programme in CSE and, since 2005, in the Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering.


8:00 pm - 9:30 pm   Career Fair, Dinner & Networking


  • Insight into a new field and great careers
  • Get together with 199 other regional and international STEM students
  • Fun day of great food and conversations

We are reaching out to organizations to support the program as sponsors and participants. Please contact to get involved.

  • Help increase STEM workforce
  • Associates your organization as a STEM employer
  • Boosts the HPC user base
  • Great corporate publicity!


The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala event is now officially closed. We look forward to welcoming you next year.