PRACE Governance

PRACE Council

The Council is the deliberative body of PRACE aisbl and decides on all matters of the Association. It is composed of one representative from each Member. Depending on the nature of the decisions to be taken, different voting rules apply. As a general rule, decisions of a purely scientific nature are subject to majority vote, while decisions related to provisioning and usage of funding and resources require a qualified majority based on partner contributions. All other decisions require a double majority of members and contributions, apart from a small number of issues that imply changes of the contract of the Association which require unanimity.

The Statutes of PRACE aisbl are available in English and in French and the Working Rules of the PRACE Council can be found here.

Board of the Council is elected by the Council from among the delegates representing the Members. It consists of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary. The current members of the Board of the Council are: Thomas Lippert (Chair), Janne Ignatius (Vice-Chair) and Florian Berberich (Secretary).

PRACE Board of Directors

The Board of Directors (BoD) is the executive body of the Association and is generally responsible for managing and representing the Association. The BoD is composed of a minimum of two members elected by the Council. Each Director will serve for an initial term of three years, renewable for subsequent periods of two years. The current members of the BoD are: Serge Bogaerts (Managing Director, Chair of the BoD), Florian Berberich (FZ Jülich), Maria Grazia Giuffreda (ETH Zurich / CSCS), Núria López (Chair of the PRACE SSC), Oriol Pineda (BSC), Philippe Segers (GENCI), and Debora Testi (CINECA). The Working Rules of the BoD can be found here. The PRACE Managing Director is responsible for the development of the strategy and vision for PRACE and the implementation of those as decided by the Council. The Managing Director is responsible for the delivery of PRACE services across Europe and management of the PRACE organisation.

PRACE Scientific Steering Committee

The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) is composed of European leading researchers that are responsible for advice and guidance on all matters of a scientific and technical nature which may influence the scientific work carried out by the use of the Association’s resources. The SSC has an odd number of members up to a maximum of 21, of which one is appointed Chair. The members of the Scientific Steering Committee are appointed by the PRACE Council. SSC Members serve a two year term renewable twice consecutively. The working rules of the SSC – as (updated and) approved by the 11th Council Meeting on 15 October 2013 – can be found here.

SSC Membership (14 October 2019)


Name Field Country Organisation
Marina Bécoulet Plasma physicists/Fusion France CEA
Luigi Del Debbio Particle Physics United Kingdom University of Edinburgh
Luke Drury Universe sciences Ireland Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Claudia Filippi Electronic structure / Multiscale modeling The Netherlands University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology
Laura Grigori Numerical Mathematics / HPC France INRIA/University Pierre and Marie Curie
Christian Holm Statistical Physics Germany University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Physics
Heiner Igel Seismology Germany University of Munich
Erik Lindahl Life sciences Sweden KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Núria López – Chair of PRACE SSC Computational chemistry Spain Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia
Aimee Morgans Mechanical Engineering United Kingdom Imperial College London
Ignacio Pagonabarraga Mora Computational physics Spain University of Barcelona
Mike Payne Computational physics United Kingdom University of Cambridge, EPSRC Centre
Silvia Picozzi Materials Italy CNR-SPIN
Matej Praprotnik – Vice-Chair of the PRACE SSC Chemistry/Multiscale modeling Slovenia National Institute of Chemistry/University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Sinéad Ryan Particle Physics/Mathematics Ireland University Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, School of Mathematics

PRACE Access Committee

The Access Committee (AC) gives advice to the Board of Directors concerning the allocation of resources of the RI. The AC, proposed by the SSC, is composed of researchers experienced in areas of science, engineering and supercomputing. The AC is appointed by the Council and shall comprise an odd number of members with a minimum of five, from among which a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman is appointed. AC members serve a two year term renewable once. The working rules of the AC can be found here.

AC Membership (14 October 2019)


Name Field Country
Takayuki Aoki Fluid Dynamics  / Engineering Japan
Edouard Audit Universe France
Marc Baaden (Vice Chair) Biology/Chemistry France
Peter Bauer Earth System Sciences United Kingdom
George Biros Computational Engineering USA
Giovanni Ciccotti Structure of  Matter/Biological Systems/Molecular Dynamics Italy
Georges-Henri Cottet Turbulence/Engineering France
Christine Davies High Energy Physics United Kingdom
Luigi Del Debbio (Chair) Particle physics United Kingdom
Simone Hochgreb Engineering United Kingdom
Maria Paola Lombardo High Energy Physics Italy
Fernando Martin García Chemistry and Materials Spain
Victor Milman Materials (with industrial applications) United Kingdom
Nadia Pinardi Atmostpheric physics/Oceanography Italy
Luciano Rezzolla Astrophysics Germany
Friederike Schmid Chemistry/Polymers Germany
Spencer Sherwin Computational Engineering United Kingdom
Alexandre Tkatchenko Chemistry/Materials Luxemburg
Dietrich Wolf Computational / Statistical Physics Germany
Stefan Goedecker Chemical Sciences/Materials Switzerland
Hans-Joachim Bungartz Mathematics/Computer Science Germany

PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee

The Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) is composed of European industry representatives (both from multi-nationals and SMEs) representing 11 industrial sectors: Aeronautics/Aerospace, Automotive/Transport, Energy, Engineering/Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, Telecommunications/Electronics, ISV, HPC Vendors, Life Sciences, and Finances. They provide PRACE with advice on HPC usage for the benefit of European competitiveness and economic growth. The IAC reserves an observer seat for the Chair of ETP4HPC. A Chair and Vice-Chair are chosen by the committee, who, like all members, are appointed for 2 years renewable once.

IAC Membership (14 November 2019)

Name Field Country Organisation
Henri Calandra Oil/Gas France TOTAL – CSTJF
Enric Gibert (Vice-Chair) Life Sciences/Pharma Spain PHARMACELERA
Tomi Ilijaš Engineering/Manufacturing/SMEs Slovenia Arctur
Eric Landel Automotive/Transport France Renault Technocentre
Lee Margetts (Chair, from 18/09/2017 for 2 years) ISV United Kingdom NAFEMS
Alejandro Marti Environmental Services (SME) Spain Mitiga Solutions, S.L.
Marc Morere Aeronautics/Aerospace France Airbus
Martin Winter Materials/Chemistry Germany CEFIC
Observers (no voting rights) Field Country Organisation
Maike Gilliot HPC Vendors France ETP4HPC
available position Energy
available position Telecommunications/Electronics

PRACE User Forum

The PRACE User Forum is not a body of the Association.

The PRACE User Forum was set up in December 2011 through an initiative of PRACE itself. It is an independent entity where PRACE users can discuss their experiences and express their future needs as well as feedback on the current services and resources of the PRACE HPC Research Infrastructure. The aim is to provide an effective mechanism through which the Tier-0 user community can give feedback to PRACE. The current Chair of the PRACE User Forum is Troels Haugbølle of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The current Vice-Chair is Derek Groen, Brunel University of London, United Kingdom.

The PRACE User Forum takes the outcomes of these discussions to PRACE on behalf of the User Community. The Forum has visibility in different social networks, such as LinkedIn and Twitter (@PRACEuserforum) on which all PRACE users are very welcome to start discussions and express their opinions. Besides this online activity, the PRACE User Forum also organises one open session per year where users can voice their concerns, suggestions and issues in the presence of PRACE representatives. The PRACE User Forum can also be contacted via userforum[at]