The Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) invites minisymposium submissions for PASC19, co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and SIGHPC, which will be held at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, from June 12 to 14, 2019.

PASC19 is the sixth edition of the PASC Conference series, an international 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 PASC19 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

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 PASC19 – Exascale and Beyond – are particularly welcome.

The minisymposium submission for PASC19 is a two-stage process. The first stage is an expression of interest which includes a short description of the proposed minisymposium (title and abstract). The second stage, the full submission, should include an extended abstract along with proposed speakers and 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 no other formats are possible.

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.



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: A short description of the minisymposium (no more than 200 words).

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.
  • Description for review: 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 (no more than 800 words)
  • Abstract for publication: An 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.

Domain experts from the PASC19 Minisymposium and Posters Committee will assess minisymposium proposals based on the following criteria:

  • The research described should be of significant current interest to the given scientific domain, and ideally, have potential application to other scientific domains.
  • The research should be based on state-of-the-art numerical methods.
  • Proposals 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.
  • Organizers are strongly encouraged to include women and members of other underrepresented groups.

Proposals must be submitted through the PASC19 online submission portal.


  • 07 December 2018: Deadline for expressions of interest
  • 11 January 2019: Deadline for full submissions
  • 11 February 2019: Acceptance notifications
  • 10 March 2019: Deadline for abstracts from presenting speakers

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

We look forward to receiving your submissions.


Please note that PASC19 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.