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ISC 2019 STEM Student Day & Gala

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The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala addresses the challenges of high performance computing (HPC) technology providers in finding suitable graduates for entry level positions. As an HPC conference organizer, we are in a unique position to bring together all interested parties to help create a productive recruiting environment.

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Besides introducing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students to the HPC career landscape: the types of jobs involved, the various hiring and training organizations, we also exposure you to the different technologies that encompass HPC.

The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is a full-day program and will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Admission is free for undergraduate and graduate students, both regional and international.

Sign up for the program is now open and successful candidates will be notified via email.


Attendees will receive a systematic introduction to HPC technology and its application, starting with a 2 ½-hour tutorial on HPC, followed by a tour of the conference exhibition in the afternoon, and then a job fair and dinner reception in the evening.

In this introductory tutorial, you will learn what "high performance computing" means and what differentiates it from more mainstream areas of computing. You will also be introduced to the major applications that use high performance computing for research and commercial purposes, as well as the systems needed to run these applications. Finally, you will be provided with an overview of the languages and paradigms used to program HPC applications and systems.

The tutorial will be presented by Dr. Bernd Mohr from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.


Venue: Messe Frankfurt


 09:30 am – 11:00 am HPC Tutorial: Applications, Systems, and Programming Models (Part 1)
(Presenter: Dr.-Ing. Bernd Mohr, Senior Scientist, Jülich Supercomputing Centre)
 11:00 am – 11:30 am Coffee break
 11:30 am – 12:30 pm HPC Tutorial: Applications, Systems, and Programming Models (Part 2)
(Presenter: Dr.-Ing. Bernd Mohr, Senior Scientist, Jülich Supercomputing Centre)
 12:30 pm – 01:45 pm Lunch
 02:35 pm – 05:00 pm Guided Tour of the Exhibition
 05:15 pm – 05:30 pm Student Cluster Competition Awarding
 05:30 pm – 06:15 pm Keynote on HPC Achievements & Impacts in 2019
(Presenter: Dr. Thomas Sterling, Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering, Indiana University)



Venue: Areal, Forum Messe Frankfurt


 06:45 pm – 07:00 pm Welcome & Drinks
 07:00 pm – 07:20 pm Big Hair, Big Data & Beyond - A Career in Enterprise Computing
(Presenter: Arno Kolster, Principal & Co-Founder, Providentia Worldwide)
 07:20 pm - 09:30 pm Dinner, Networking & Career Fair

If you choose a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, you will likely rely on HPC to support your work. HPC is essential in addressing a wide range of challenges, including earth and climate science, clean energy, healthcare, food security, sustainable agriculture, marine research, biological research, cybersecurity and defense, urban planning, cosmology, and astrophysics, to name just a few.

Besides being a critical technology for these domains, HPC has also become the foundation for machine learning, AI and the Internet of Things. Regrettably, many STEM degree programs are not including HPC courses in their curriculum, thus failing to acquaint you with this subject matter while you are enrolled as a student.

Currently thousands of well-paying HPC-related jobs in Europe and North America are not being filled due to a shortage of HPC skills among science and engineering graduates, and this is going to grow worse beyond 2020.

Did you know that as a data scientist, computational chemist, computational biologist or senior software engineer, you can start out earning between EUR 64K to EUR 120K, depending on your qualifications and skills?

We offer you a free introduction to HPC and its role in STEM careers, which can provide a unique advantage over someone in a similar degree program. While we do that, we would also like to introduce you to organizations that offer training in HPC, as well as those interested in hiring fresh graduates.


The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is closed.


Organizations are finding it harder to recruit among others, scientists and engineers with HPC skills, as well as parallel programmers, algorithm developers and system administrators with HPC experience. From being a $2 billion market in 1990, high performance computing is headed toward $33 billion by 2022, which means more jobs are going to be created and graduates will need to be employed. In the meantime, HPC has also become the technological foundation of machine learning, AI and the Internet of Things.

Since the launch of the ISC STEM Student Day & Gala, we have successfully introduced over 300 international and regional university students to the HPC career landscape: the type of jobs involved, the various hiring and training organizations, and the wide array of HPC practitioners.

We also expose students to the different technologies that encompass HPC.


By sponsoring the ISC STEM Student Day & Gala, you are helping build an HPC-proficient workforce as well as establish your future user base. This is not a regular STEM event; our focus is on high performance computing and machine learning. We are committed to introducing these fields to 200 regional and international students and call upon interested organizations to join forces with us*.

You may find that you will be hiring these same students in the future. Why not acquaint yourself with them now before they graduate? In return, we ensure you a good visibility as a STEM supporter at the event. We will promote your presence through various ways – in printed literature, online marketing, during the event, and most importantly you will receive an opportunity to participate in the job fair.

The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is attractive to organizations that offer HPC training, education opportunities, as well as employment opportunities.

*This is a non-profit program, meaning, all sponsorship monies will be spent on expanding the program to reach more STEM graduates.

More information about becoming a sponsor can be found here. If you are interested in becoming an ISC STEM sponsor, please contact us at salnulles@isc-group.com.


ISC High Performance offered 200 regional and international STEM students the opportunity to participate for free in the conference and exhibition on Wednesday, June 20.

“It was so useful! This is like a dream come true! Speaking with people from NVIDIA, Microsoft and many others!”

Codrin-Alexandru Popa, Master’s in Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK

“I met a lot of people and had a lot of interesting talks, this experience will help me to focus my studies better and have a more realistic outlook into my future career.”

Clara Hauke, Master’s in Meteorology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

All of this was possible thanks to the support and participation of our STEM Day sponsors. This initiative to build the next generation of HPC users and workers was also commended by many industry leaders and ISC attendees.

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Phuong Nguyen from the University of Tartu in Estonia participated in the 2018 STEM Student Day & Gala. In her blog, she talks about all the things she was able to do as a student attendee at ISC High Performance.