PRACE-ETP4HPC Workshop on HPC Education and Training for Industry Users

Event Date: 18th of March 2021, Online via Zoom, Europe/Brussels timezone

HPC has been recognized as a strategic tool to increase European competitiveness in industry. This entails investment not only in infrastructure but also in skills development of the labour force, now and in preparation for future. While the provision of HPC education and training has tended to focus on an academic audience and the needs of the scientific research community, it is important to understand the HPC skills needs of industry and learn from past experiences of industry-targeted training. The objective of the workshop is to reflect and discuss potential activities that will lead to better planning of HPC education and training for industry, as well as informing future HPC education and training funding opportunities (e.g. the Advanced Digital Skills pillar of the Digital Europe programme). The topics at the workshop should encompass:

  • Ways to engage with industry to capture/monitor skills needs, from surveys to one-to-one interviews
  • Past models of successful engagements that involved training
    Approaches and activities that have been tried but did NOT work
  • Current technological and talent trends in the industry – skills that are most in demand now and future; skills profiles of the speaker’s industry sector
  • What education/training providers should focus on at different levels (primary/secondary levels, Bachelors, Masters, PhD, etc.)
  • Suitable formats of delivery depending on audience and needs, e.g. degree programmes, short-format courses, mentorships, online/blended learning.
  • Other personal perspectives from the speakers
    The workshop welcomes all HPC training stakeholders – from training providers/funders to industry representatives who are training target audiences.