PRACE welcomes Florian Berberich as the new Operations Director

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On behalf of PRACE, Dr Janne Ignatius, Programme Director at CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd and Chair of the PRACE Council, is pleased to announce that Dr Florian Berberich has been appointed by the PRACE Council as PRACE’s Operations Director, effective 15 October 2020.

Florian Berberich brings to this new position a wealth of experience. Prior to this, he was the Project Manager of the PRACE Implementation Phase projects at Forschungszentrum Jülich for several years. Since March 2018, he has been PRACE Council Secretary. He became a member of the Board of Directors of PRACE aisbl in 2015.

Florian Berberich

As Operations Director, he is responsible for the development and management of the activities relating to the PRACE Peer Review Process and Project Management. He will work closely with the members of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee and PRACE Access Committee.

“I am very pleased at Dr Florian Berberich’s appointment to this important full-time position. Florian is a colleague who is already very well-known within PRACE, and he has an excellent track record.” says Janne Ignatius, PRACE Council Chair.

“It is a tremendous honour and a real thrill for me to become PRACE’s new Operations Director. I will do my best to ensure that the scientific and industrial HPC communities’ benefit from the necessary support, this will be one of my main tasks. Nowadays, we are facing major changes in the European HPC ecosystem, with the EuroHPC JU fully operational and substantially increasing its investments in world-leading HPC systems in Europe. I am confident that PRACE can contribute to the growing European HPC ecosystem and secure coherent development.” stated Florian Berberich.

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