The activity consisted of five days of cutting-edge training on core skills for HPC, data science and data analytics delivered through the videoconference tool “Zoom” and targeted to Colombian researchers. Our Summer School provided a unique opportunity to attend state-of-the-art training delivered by world-leading academics and industry partners from around the globe, practising hands-on exercises lead by renowned experts, and networking with peers in an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange.
The event had 35 attendants, split almost equally between students vs. graduate/senior/technical staff. As in the previous event, we observed an underrepresentation of female participants and speakers (4/16, 25%) despite our effort to invite female speakers. In our future planning we need to more energetically tackle the historical female representation in the computational and data sciences. We decided to add a cheap registration fee (£35) to prevent the no-show problem we had observed in other events, but we waive the fees for several students when requested.
It is clear that COVID-19 has hampered our original plans for 2020. We will continue organising online events during 2020. However, we recognise the limitations of this compared to in-person activities.