PASC20 – Public Lecture and Student Participation Opportunities

The PASC20 Organizing Team is pleased to announce that this year’s PASC Conference Public Lecture will be presented by Dalia Conde, Professor at the University of Southern Denmark and Director of Science at Species360. The lecture will focus on her team’s efforts in fighting one of the greatest current concerns of our global community: biodiversity loss. We look forward to hearing how Species360 uses HPC resources to improve our shared environment.

Exploring and Mapping Data Landscapes to Rescue Species from Extinction
The escalating power of machine learning, big data and exascale computing positions computer scientists with critical methods needed to resolve one of humanity’s greatest challenges as identified by the World Economic Forum 2020: biodiversity loss. The design and implementation of species conservation strategies directly rely on accessing a high variety and volumes of information on species’ genetics, habitat, threats and human use. Despite promising advances in digital infrastructure and open data, we are still struggling to provide essential analytics for effective decision-making. In this keynote talk, we will unveil the results of a global initiative aiming to map, quantify and disseminate species open information to conservation policymakers globally. By developing partnerships to map information and generate development platforms, workflows and storage between open biodiversity repositories, we will outline how computational methods can be applied to novel scientific domains.

About the presenter
Dalia Conde is the Director of Science at Species360 (a leading data-driven conservation NGO) and Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. Conde completed a PhD in Ecology at Duke University before launching the Conservation Demography section at the world-renowned Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. Her work has been published in Science and PNAS, and Spiegel, Le Monde and National Geographic have reported on her efforts to save species from extinction. Passionate about the power of open data and high-performance computing, Conde collaborates with a broad network of scientists, zoos, aquariums, conservation organizations and policymakers to revolutionize evidence based animal welfare and conservation globally.


Opportunities for student participation

We are excited to inform you about the opportunities available for students at PASC20 and look forward to receiving your applications.

Student Travel Grants
We are pleased to remind you that four student travel grants are offered for PASC20 to enable undergraduate or graduate students to attend the event. A contribution to travel and hotel expenses is kindly offered by ACM’s SIGHPC, while PASC20 will cover the corresponding registration fees.

Applications close February 21, 2020. Further information on the application process is available at:

Student Volunteer Program
We also would also like to inform you that submissions for the Student Volunteer Program are now open.

We are looking for enthusiastic students who are interested in helping us with the administration of the event. Selected students will be granted a complimentary registration for the conference. Don’t miss the opportunity to get to know participants from all over the world, attend talks in your field and beyond, and work with a fun team of people!

Further information on this opportunity is available at: