This event aimed to raise awareness on the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) in transforming Europe's digital future by providing solutions to a wide range of societal, scientific, and industrial challenges. The European strategy on HPC was presented and the impact of the EC proposal on EuroHPC Joint Undertaking on the European scientific, economic and societal developments, including digital skills, was discussed. The event was co-organised by the Bulgarian Presidency and the European Commission.

visual identity of the EuroHPC JU


  • Opening by Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, together with Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Prof. Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister for Education and Science
  • HPC for extreme scale scientific applications
    The session aims at providing some representative examples of ground-breaking results achieved when using HPC in extreme scale scientific applications.
  • HPC and Future Computing Paradigms - Panel discussion
    The session aims at discussing emerging computing strategies, their possible competition and/or complementarities and their concrete application perspectives and impact on science and economy; draw conclusions on possible future emerging computing infrastructure landscape to build in Europe and beyond.
  • The growing role of HPC in Neuroscience – the Human Brain Project FET Flagship 
    The session aims at showing the coupling of scientific progress in brain research with advances in extreme-scale computing.
  • Signature of the Declaration on Genomics by Prof. Ivan Dimov, in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.
  • The Future of Personalised Health and Medicine - Panel discussion
    The session aimed at discussing the new concepts and tools needed in medicine to make full use of data generated by patient studies as well as ensuring this data is used in the most beneficial way for the individual patient.
  • Role of HPC in the South and Eastern Europe - Panel discussion
    The aim of the session was to discuss concrete perspectives, challenges and collaborations of HPC development, including skills development, in Eastern and South European countries under EuroHPC, the European strategic initiative on High Performance Computing.
  • Closing Keynote speech by Dr. Thierry Breton, CEO Atos, France
  • Closing remarks by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Please check the detailed agenda to have complete information on the titles of the presentations, the names of the speakers and panellists, as well as the exact timing of the sessions.

The conclusions of the event are gathered in the page Shaping Europe's digital future: making the most of HPC.

Pictures from the event are available here.


The event gathered scientists and industrialists as well as representatives of ministries from the South and Eastern Europe.

Registrations closed on April 2018, but all the sessions of the event have been transmitted live via webstreaming.

You can explore what was said during the various sessions by clicking on the following playlist: 


Human Brain Project exhibition

During the event, the Human Brain project showcased some of its latest developments, focusing on the areas where the use of HPC is playing a key role in enhancing brain research. 

The exhibition covered the following areas:

  • High-Performance Analytics and Computing Platform
  • Human Brain Organisation
  • Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Neuroinformatics Platform: the HBP Collaboratory
  • Medical Informatics Platform
  • Neuromorphic Computing Platform
  • Ethics and Society
  • Education Programme

If you are interested in this exhibition, more details are available here.

Side event: Young Researchers Event 2018

Brain models and computation for brain medicine

Date: 18 April 2018
Place: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

More info and agenda

Further information

Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission

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