PASC20 – Submissions for PASC20 are Open!

PASC20 welcomes your contributions

The PASC20 Organizing Team is pleased to announce that submissions for minisymposium, paper and poster contributions are now open. Submissions should be made at

The conference, co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), SIGHPC, and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), will be held at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, from June 29 to July 1, 2020.

PASC20 is an international and interdisciplinary platform for the exchange of competences in scientific computing and computational science, with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, application challenges, and novel techniques and usage of high performance computing.

As in previous years, the technical program of PASC20 is organized around eight scientific domains:

  • Climate and Weather
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Emerging Application Domains (incl. but not limited to social sciences, finance)
  • Engineering (incl. but not limited to CFD, computational mechanics, computational engineering materials, turbulent flow)
  • Life Sciences (incl. but not limited to biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, neuroscience and computational biology)
  • Physics (incl. but not limited to astrophysics, cosmology, plasma modelling, QCD)
  • Solid Earth Dynamics

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Minisymposia at PASC20 (by December 6)

A minisymposium is a two-hour session of four 30-minute slots on a topic of current importance in computational science that showcases research related to domain science, applied mathematics, computer science and software engineering, and is an ideal platform for promoting interdisciplinary communication. Proposals that address aspects emphasizing the theme of PASC20 – New Challenges, New Computing Paradigms – are particularly welcome.

The minisymposium submission for PASC20 is a two-stage process. The first stage is an expression of interest, which includes a description of the proposed minisymposium (abstract) and suggestions for possible speakers who are experts in their field(s). The expressions of interest will be reviewed by the Minisymposia and Posters Program Committee. A selection of submissions will be invited to submit a full proposal.

The review process will consider the relevance and timeliness of the proposed topic, as well as overall program balance.

The second stage, the full proposal, should include an extended abstract along with the names of possible speakers and presentation titles for four 30-minute presentation slots (typically, these slots are 25-minute talks with 5 minutes for questions). The minisymposium organizer is permitted to give one of the four presentations her/himself. If desired, the fourth 30-minute slot could be a panel discussion or open discussion forum. Please note that until final decisions are made, submissions should be considered as proposals, and no guarantees should be made by organizers to speakers named on their proposals.

The organizer of a minisymposium takes an “active chair” role in their session – that is, s/he should present a brief overview of the themes of the minisymposium and the state of the art, introduce the speakers and their topics, and facilitate a lively and interactive discussion amongst the speakers and audience throughout the session.


Minisymposia submission and review process

In order to be allowed to submit a full proposal, minisymposium organizers must first submit an expression of interest.

The expression of interest consists of the following:

  • Title
  • Scientific domain(s): A primary domain and optionally additional domains.
  • Organizer details: Full names and contact details of organizers (up to three).
  • Abstract: Description of the minisymposium (up to 500 words), including suggestions for topics and speakers.

Following the evaluation of the expressions of interest, organizers may be invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposal consists of the following:

  • Title
  • Scientific domain(s): A primary domain and optionally additional domains.
  • Organizer details: Full names and contact details of organizers (up to three).
  • Presenter details: Full names and contact details of four proposed speakers (three if the minisymposium proposal includes a discussion panel) and proposed titles for their presentations.
  • Extended abstract: A description of the minisymposium that outlines the scope, describes the problems being addressed and their importance, and discusses current directions of research and methods being developed to solve these problems (up to 800 words).
  • Abstract for publication: A short abstract for publication in the conference program (no more than 200 words).

If the proposal is accepted then presentation titles and abstracts (200 words) will be requested from each speaker, and necessary revisions can be made to the minisymposium abstract for publication in the conference program.

The expressions of interest and full proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • The work should be of significant current interest to the given scientific domain, and ideally, have potential application to other scientific domains.
  • Research should be based on state-of-the-art numerical methods.
  • The proposal should include speakers from multiple institutions and/or countries, and be designed such that the speakers bring a range of different perspectives and views to the topic.
  • The proposal should consider diversity – including women and other underrepresented groups.

Proposals must be submitted through the PASC20 online submission portal:

Submission Deadlines

  • 06 December 2019: Deadline for expressions of interest (no extensions)
  • 17 December 2019: Decision notifications (invitations to submit full proposals)
  • 17 January 2020: Deadline for full proposals (no extensions)
  • 21 February 2020: Acceptance notifications
  • 22 March 2020: Deadline for abstracts from presenting speakers

Deadlines correspond to anywhere on earth (‘AoE’ or ‘UTC-12’).

Conference Participation Terms

Please note that PASC20 is unable to reimburse the expenses or waive the registration fees of organizers and speakers. All organizers and speakers must register for the conference and are subject to the corresponding registration fees.


Minisymposia and Posters Program Committee

PASC20 is fortunate to count amongst its scientific committee members the following experts coming from the various PASC20 domains:

  • General Chairs
    Bastien Chopard (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
    Sinéad Ryan (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Chemistry and Materials
    David Benoit (University of Hull, UK)
    Silvana Botti
    (Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Germany)
  • Climate and Weather
    Joachim Biercamp (German Climate Computing Center, Germany)
    Zhenya Song (State Oceanic Administration, China)
  • Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
    Trilce Estrada (University of New Mexico, US)
    Stefan Wild (Argonne National Laboratory, US)
  • Emerging Application Domains
    Michael Bronstein (Imperial College London, UK)
    Philipp Eisenhauer (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Engineering
    Ramesh Balakrishnan (Argonne National Laboratory, US)
    Karlene Maskaly (Los Alamos National Laboratory, US)
  • Life Sciences
    Alfons Hoekstra (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    Kirsten ten Tusschen (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Physics
    Roger Käppeli (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
    Marina Krstic Marinkovic (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Solid Earth Dynamics
    Alice Gabriel (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)
    Chun Liu (Nanjing University, China)

Kindly note that PASC20 is still in the process of building the full committee. A list of members of the Minisymposia and Posters Full Committee will be available at the following page:

If you have any questions regarding the submission or reviewing process please email

PASC20 is looking forward to receiving your submission!