PRACE Ada Lovelace Award 2020 – Call for Nominations is open


From 23 to 27 March 2020, PRACE will organise the seventh edition of its Scientific and Industrial Conference – PRACEdays20 – as part of the EuroHPC Summit Week in Porto, Portugal.

PRACE initiated the “PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC” at PRACEdays16, having so far as successful winners Dr. Zoe Cournia (Greece), Dr. Frauke Gräter (Germany), Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu (Germany) and Dr Debora Sijacki (UK). Details of these awards can be found here.

PRACE is happy to receive your nomination for the Award. The nomination process is fully open via this Call for Nominations published on the PRACE website and via different social media channels. Nominations should be sent to by Thursday, 24 October 2019 Thursday, 31 October at 15:00 CEST.

The winner of the Award will be invited to hold a talk (30 minutes) at the plenary session (on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) and to participate in the concluding Panel Session at PRACEdays20, and will receive a cash prize of € 1 000 as well as a certificate and an engraved crystal trophy.


The nomination package should contain the nomination letter plus one reference letter, in addition to the requested CV. In more detail, each nomination involves several components:

  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominator (person making the nomination). The nomination should be submitted by a recognised member of the HPC community.
  • Name, address, and email address of the candidate (person being nominated).
  • The nomination statement addressing why the candidate should receive this award, should include a description of the three selection criteria in detail within half page each (max 300 words each).

Copy of the candidate’s CV, certificates, listing publications (with indication of the h-index), honors, etc. should be provided.

Selection Criteria

  1. Impact in computational science at a global level. (high)
  2. Impact in High performance computing at a global level (high)
  3. Role model for women beginning careers in HPC. (medium)

Eligibility Criterion

  • The winner of this award must be a young female scientist (PhD +10 years max, excluding parental leave) [1] who is currently working in Europe or has been working in Europe during the past three years.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is composed of:

  1. Claudia Filippi (SSC member, University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology, Netherlands);
  2. Nuria López (Chair of the SSC);
  3. Lee Margetts (Chair of the IAC);
  4. Troels Haugbølle, NBI (Denmark), Chair of the PRACE User Forum;
  5. Suzanne Talon (Women in HPC member, CEO of Calcul Québec, Canada).

The committee will (partially) change every 2 years.

[1] ERC rules will apply: the 10 years start on the PhD title date and end with the date when the award is given; a flat rate of 18 months is added due to parental leave.

This article was first published on on Thursday 26 September 2019.

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