20 Apr 2018 Frankfurt - The sign-up for the ISC STEM Student Day programme opened a few days ago and the organizers have already received an overwhelming response. So far, close to 130 regional and international applications have been received. The programme can admit a total of 200 participants.
The enthusiastic response underlines the value of offering STEM degree students a programme that gives them an early insight into the field of high performance computing and the important players in the sector. Businesses looking for talent to hire or universities considering candidates for their postgraduate degree programmes will benefit from being a part of the ISC STEM Student Day & Gala.
The STEM Student Day & Gala will be held on June 27, kicking off with a morning tutorial on HPC, machine learning and data analytics. Other important elements of the programme include a tour of the exhibition, the Wednesday keynote address delivered by Dr. Thomas Sterling, and the HPC career fair and dinner at a nearby hotel.
Due to space constraints, the tutorial can only admit 70 attendees, but the rest of the programme is open to 200 students. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up through the website as soon as possible. Those accepted will receive a notification in the month of May, which gives them free admission to the programme and the Wednesday conference.
The current applicants are enrolled in various degree programmes, including meteorology, physics, computer science, mathematics, biosciences, biochemistry, machine learning for neuroscience, computer engineering, computational physics, automation engineering, biology, chemistry, climate science, engineering cybernetics, business IT, and molecular biotechnology.
"Last year slightly over 100 students signed up for ISC STEM Student Day & Gala and this year we have already exceeded this number within a few days of opening the programme", remarked Nages Sieslack, ISC Communications Manager. "This shows that both local and international students are very keen on a comprehensive introduction to high performance computing and converging technologies, but have very limited opportunities to attain that currently.
"Every employer in the HPC sector hopes to find qualified workforce, but many STEM graduates are not entering high performance computing, as they aren't all that aware of the career opportunities in this field. Many universities still don't integrate high performance computing as a module in their existing curriculum, which put the students and the HPC sector at a disadvantage."
"When I presented this disparity to the ISC management, they fully supported me in establishing this programme. As conference organizers, it is our hope to enable more students to attend the ISC STEM Student Day & Gala in the future. Besides providing the students free registration, networking opportunities, meals and career advice, we hope to help them achieve a realistic impression of this challenging field and its tight-knit community", stated Nages Sieslack.
The organizers are glad to see PRACE, Fraunhofer ITWM, Hyperion Research, Intersect360 Research, ATOS, ICHEC, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, NAG, RIKEN R-CCS, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main and HiPEAC step forward to support this year's STEM Student Day & Gala.