Call for Minisymposia: PASC 22 Conference, Basel, Switzerland

Expressions of interest for Minisymposia for the PASC 22 conference are due in a few days, and I’d like to encourage those in the “Solid Earth” domain to consider submitting! At this stage, a short abstract and some proposed speakers (need not be confirmed) are required.


                         CALL FOR MINISYMPOSIA
              Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing

                        Congress Center Basel
                         Basel - Switzerland
                           27-29 Jun 2022


          Deadline for Submitting an Expression of Interest: 
                     Nov 13, 2021 (no extensions)


The Platform for Adanced Scientific Computing (PASC) invites minisymposium
submissions for PASC22, co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery
(ACM) and SIGHPC, which will be held at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland,
from June 27 to 29, 2022.

The PASC Conference series is an international and interdisciplinary platform
for the exchange of knowledge 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.

The technical program of PASC22 is organized around eight scientific domains:

  • Chemistry and Materials
  • 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,
  • Climate and Weather
  • Solid Earth Dynamics
  • Engineering (incl. but not limited to CFD, computational mechanics,
    computational engineering materials, turbulent flow)
  • Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Emerging Application Domains (incl. but not limited to social sciences,

Proposals that address aspects emphasizing the challenge of PASC22 - “Computing
and Data… for all Humankind” - and the affiliated topics “Computing for
Planet Earth”, “Data Science and Inequality”, and “Epidemiology and Public
Health” are particularly welcome.

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.

The minisymposium submission for PASC22 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 proposal
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.

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:

  • Title
  • Scientific domain(s): A primary domain and optionally additional domains.
  • Organizer details: Names and contact details of organizers (up to three).
  • Abstract: Description of the minisymposium (up to 500 words), including
    suggestions for topics and speakers.
  • Diversity and Inclusivity: A statement on how you have addressed issues of
    diversity and inclusivity in proposing speakers.

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

  • 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).
  • Diversity and Inclusivity: A statement on how you have addressed issues of
    diversity and inclusivity in proposing speakers.

If the proposal is accepted then presentation titles and abstracts (200 words)
will be requested from each speaker.

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.
  • Preference may be given to proposals that address the challenge of PASC22:
    Computing and Data… for all Humankind.

Proposals must be submitted through the PASC22 online submission portal


  • 13 Nov 2021: Deadline for expressions of interest (no extensions)
  • 15 Dec 2021: Decision notifications (invitations to submit full proposals)
  • 15 Jan 2022: Deadline for full proposals (no extensions)
  • 15 Feb 2022: Acceptance notifications
  • 17 Mar 2022: Deadline for abstracts from presenting speakers

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


Designated presenters may be changed closer to the event according to

Please note that PASC22 is unable to reimburse the expenses or waive the
registration fees of organizers and speakers. Organizers and speakers must
register for the conference and are subject to the corresponding registration

In-person participation is preferred and encouraged whenever possible. We
request that at least one organizer of a minisymposium be present in-person and
serve as moderator for the session. Further details on the conference format
can be found at Conference Format | PASC22.



  • Petros Koumoutsakos (ETH Zurich, Switzerland / Harvard University, US)
  • Lois Curfman McInnes (Argonne National Laboratory, US)

Scientific Committee

  • Takayuki Aoki (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Marc Baaden (CNRS, France)
  • Ramesh Balakrishnan (Argonne National Laboratory, US)
  • Allison Baker (National Center for Atmospheric Research, US)
  • Eleni Chatzi (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Luigi del Debbio (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Nicola Ferrier (Argonne National Laboratory, US)
  • Mike Heroux (Sandia National Laboratories, US)
  • Marina Krstic Marinkovic (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Felix Kubler (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Margarete Jadamec (The State University of New York at Buffalo, US)
  • (Xiaoye) Sherry Li (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US)
  • Erik Lindahl (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Nuria Lopez (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), ES)
  • Mathieu Luisier (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Rajat Mittal (John Hopkins University, US)
  • Robert Pincus (Columbia University, US)
  • Matej Praprotnik (National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia)
  • Patrick Sanan (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Ivo Sbalzarini (TU Dresden, Germany)
  • Antonino Tumeo (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US)
  • Wim van Rees (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US)
  • Julija Zavadlav (TU Munich, Germany)