Dear ETP4HPC Members and Partners,
As the world is struggling to adapt to the “new normal”, our Office and our Steering Board have moved a lot of our activities on-line, ensuring that we continue to provide the best value for our members.
Our 2020 General Assembly, initially scheduled in early March, was finally held online on 26 May. 61 organisations were present– more than we hoped for! Thank you very much for your trust and continued support.
The intervention of our guest speaker Thomas Skordas, director of DG-CNECT, was much appreciated, as he shared an update on EuroHPC activities and plans, in relation to both the development of HPC technology and infrastructure. The development of European HPC has not been stalled, HPC remains a priority and there are new challenges related to tackling the current situation.
Our SRA expert Michael Malms presented our Transcontinuum initiative, which is a continuation of the cooperation started for the Strategic Research Agenda.
The Activity Report and Financial Report were unanimously approved, and the General Assembly decided to extend the mandate of the current Steering Board until the 2021 General Assembly, so as to be able to hold “live” elections. The GA also decided, given the current circumstances, and as proposed by the Steering Board, to defer the planned increase of the membership fee. The fees will therefore remain unchanged in 2021.
During the last months, with ETP4HPC SRA as reference, our ETP4HPC representatives at the Research and Innovation Advisory Board of EuroHPC have been preparing the next Multi-Annual Strategic Agenda for 2021-22. This document will suggest the main priorities for the research programme in the coming years.
In February we conducted a survey to better know what our members expect from ETP4HPC. The two main takeaways from this survey are that you want more information and more networking opportunities. We therefore decided to initiate regular webinars, starting on 19 June. Register, attend, and give us your feedback: what topics would you like us to cover in future webinars, how often should we have them… These webinars are open to non-members, don’t hesitate to invite organisations who want to discover what ETP4HPC is about.
Finally, I would like to express my satisfaction with the continuous growth of our Association. We are two shy of the 100 mark (!) and I am very pleased to announce that Office is going to assign additional resources to recruiting new members.
Talk to you soon !