Launched in 2016, the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award is annually awarded to a female scientist who makes an outstanding contribution to and impact on HPC in Europe and the world, and serves as a role model for women who are at the start of their scientific careers. The awardee is announced at the annual PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference (PRACEdays) and is invited to participate in the concluding plenary Panel Discussion.
The award is named after the Countess of Lovelace, a British mathematician who lived in the 19th century and among else worked with Charles Babbage on the Machine they called the Analytical Engine – one of the first precursors of computers. Many historians regard Ada Lovelace’s contribution to this mechanical calculator as the very first algorithm – and herself as the first person to be rightly called a programmer.
Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) was founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson, and is now held every year on the second Tuesday of October.
PRACE continuously works to promote authenticity, inclusivity, and diversity in HPC. More on our activities towards this goal can be found on our Diversity & Inclusivity page.