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9:00-9:15Creating Bulgaria's Digital Future Bulgarian high-level governmental Representative
9:15-9:45The EuroHPC strategic initiative for Europe
Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
9:45-9:55Digital connectivity "EU - West Balkans", priorities of the Bulgarian presidency
Prof. Ivan Dimov, Deputy minister for Education and Science
9:55-10:15Coffee Break

HPC for extreme scale scientific applications

Aim of the session: Ground-breaking results have been achieved by using supercomputers in various areas of scientific and industrial activity, including medicine, biology, geology, engineering, social sciences. They strikingly demonstrate the enormous influence of the leadership-class supercomputers provided by the Partnership for Research on Advanced Computers in Europe (PRACE) on European science. The European Commission has supported the development of the PRACE infrastructure through a series of five pan-European implementation projects, which unite competence and efforts of experts from the 26 Member States of PRACE. The session speakers will provide some representative examples of such ground-breaking results achieved when using HPC in extreme scale scientific applications.

Moderators: Prof. Stoyan Markov, NCSA, Bulgaria and Prof. Thomas Lippert, Julich Supercomputing Centre, Germany

10:15-10:50Boosting Scientific Leadership in Europe through HPC - HPC Applications and their impact in Europe
Prof. Stoyan Markov and Prof. Thomas Lippert
10:50-11:10Disentangling the Properties of Nucleons by Large Scale Computation (provisional title)
Prof. Constantia Alexandrou, the Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
11:10-11:30Tailoring Properties of Nanostructures through Atomic Scale Computational Design
Prof. Joseph Kioseoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
11:35-12.35Panel discussion on HPC and Future Computing Paradigms

Aim of the session: To discuss emerging computing strategies in the next five to ten years, based on existing and future computing platforms such as exascale computing, quantum computing, neuromorphic computing or others; to discuss their possible competition and/or complementarities and synergies; and their concrete application perspectives and impact on science and economy; and to draw conclusions about the possible future emerging computing infrastructure landscape to build in Europe and beyond.

Moderator: Prof. Thomas Lippert - Julich Supercomputing Centre, Germany


  • Prof. Heike Riel, IBM Research Frontiers Institute, Switzerland
  • Prof. Harry Buhrman, CWI Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Kristel Michielsen, Julich Research Centre, Germany
  • Prof. Ilian Todorov, Science & Technology Facilities Council, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Jean-Marc Denis, ATOS-BULL, France

12:40-13:40Lunch Break

The growing role of HPC in Neuroscience - the Human Brain Project FET Flagship

Aim of the session:This session will show the coupling of scientific progress in brain research with advances in extreme-scale computing. Simulation and data analytics in neuroscience, but also brain medicine illustrate the successful application of HPC for this field. Methodical progress in handling and analysing large amounts of data, e.g., by deep learning, open new perspectives to address highly complex systems such as the brain.

Moderator: Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) Julich Research Centre, Germany

13:40-13:55Understanding the brain through modelling and simulations
Prof. Jeannette Hellgren Kotaleski, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
13:55-14:10From HPC Brain Models to Clinical Applications (provisional title)
Prof. Viktor Jirsa, Marseille University, France
14:10-14:25A young investigator's perspective: Neural Networks in Machine Learning (provisional title)
Dr. Kristina Kapanova, NSCA, Bulgaria
14:25-14:45The Big Data Challenge of Multilevel Brain Organisation
Prof. Katrin Amunts
14:25-15:00Coffee Break
15:00-16:00Panel discussion on The Future of Personalised Health and Medicine

Aim of the session: Increasingly more data is being generated from patient studies, including those covering a large period of time as well as from cohort studies including many thousands of participants. Medicine has become highly data-intensive and new concepts and tools are necessary to make full use of these data as well as to ensure it is used in the most beneficial way for the individual patient.

Moderator: Prof. Emrah Duzel, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

  • Prof. Hilleke Hulshoff Pol, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Kostadin Kostadinov - Bulgaria, Advisor to the Minister of Education and Science
  • Prof. Giulia Rossetti, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Prof. Gitte Knudsen, Copenhagen University Hospital

16:00-16:15Coffee Break

HPC perspectives in South and Eastern Europe

16:15-17:00Panel Discussion on the role of HPC in the South and Eastern Europe

Aim of the session: To discuss concrete perspectives, challenges and collaborations of HPC development, including skills development, in Eastern and South European countries under EuroHPC, the European strategic initiative on High Performance Computing

Moderator: Thomas Skordas, DG CONNECT, European Commission


  • Prof. Svetozar Margenov, Director IICT - BAS, Bulgaria
  • Prof. Constantia Alexandrou, the Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
  • Dr. Vit Vondrak, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Prof. Panayiotis Tsanakas, National Technical University of Athens, Athens
  • Prof. Zlatan Car, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Closing Key note speech

17:00-17:30Towards European exascale computing,
Dr. Thierry Breton, CEO Atos, France

Closing Remarks

17:30-17:45Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

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