PRACE receives the HPCwire Editors’ Choice Workforce Diversity Leadership Award



PRACE is delighted to receive the HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award, in the category Workforce Diversity Leadership for its PRACE Ada Lovelace Award in HPC at the 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19), in Denver, Colorado. Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire, personally handed over the award to representatives from PRACE: Serge Bogaerts (PRACE Managing Director) and Marjolein Oorsprong (PRACE Communications Officer) at the PRACE booth (#2171).

Launched in 2016, the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award is presented each year to a female scientist who is making an outstanding contribution to and impact on HPC in Europe and at a global level and who is a role model for women who are at the start of their scientific careers. After an open call for nominations and a rigorous selection process, the awardee is formally announced at the annual PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference (PRACEdays) and is invited to give a topical talk and to participate in the concluding plenary Panel Session. The award is in memory of the English mathematician and writer Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852). Her contribution to the work of Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer is often regarded as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine.

Since its inception, the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award highlighted outstanding female scientists for their contribution in HPC and the role model they provide to young female scientists. We are proud to see PRACE’s efforts to support diversity and equality in HPC be recognised by this HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award 2019 in the category Workforce Diversity Leadership.

Serge Bogaerts, PRACE Managing Director.

From left to right: S.Bogaerts, M.Oorsprong, T.Tabor
From left to right: S.Bogaerts, M.Oorsprong, T.Tabor

We are committed to diversity and the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award highlights the essential contributions from women scientists. The awardees are true role models for future generations.

Núria López, Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee.

The PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC is certainly the most visible, but not the only effort PRACE undertakes to make the HPC ecosystem more diverse and inclusive. Small, but decisive steps are taken to go above and beyond gender equality, and build bridges between people based on what they have in common,.

Marjolein Oorsprong, PRACE Communications Officer.

About the HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards
The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. These awards are revealed each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis.

About HPCwire
HPCwire is the #1 news and information resource covering the fastest computers in the world and the people who run them. With a legacy dating back to 1986, HPCwire has enjoyed a legacy of world-class editorial and journalism, making it the news source of choice selected by science, technology and business professionals interested in high performance and data-intensive computing.

This article was first published on on Thursday 21 November 2019.


The mission of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. 

PRACE seeks to realise this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process. 

PRACE aisbl is funded by the PRACE Members The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020).

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