Applied Computational Sciences (ACOS) conference 2021

  • 3 November 2021

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Center for Computational Energy Research (CCER) are organizing the annual Applied Computational Science (ACOS) conference. It takes place LIVE on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at DIFFER in Eindhoven. The goal of this annual conference is to bring together the Dutch research community, both academic and industrial researchers, in applied computational science.

The conference is intended for all scientists developing and using computational methods to contribute to solving industrial and societal challenges, and is aimed at sharing and discussing developments in the field whilst building an enduring community of practice of Dutch applied computational science researchers.

Deadlines and registration

Registration and poster abstract submission

Deadline: Wednesday 27 October 2021 13:00 PM CEST

Programme of ACOS

Theme: Computational Sciences for a Sustainable Future

Each edition of ACOS focusses on a theme and this year forms no exception. The theme for ACOS 2021 will be ‘Computational Sciences for a Sustainable Future’. To accelerate the discovery and optimization of pathways towards sustainable water, food and energy security solutions, requires us to put the whole range of tools in our computational toolkit to good use: from virtual prototyping and digital twinning of novel sustainability solutions, to machine-learning-based screening of functional materials and chemical components. So expect a day packed with presentations, interactive poster and pitch sessions on a wide variety of computational tools and techniques, and nice examples where computational science is paving paths towards a sustainable future.

This year’s edition will take place on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at DIFFER in Eindhoven. To attend ACOS at DIFFER in Eindhoven, you need to have a COVID Certificate (QR code) or a negative test result (max. 24hrs old). The QR code will be scanned at the entrance.


The ACOS conference takes place from 10:00 to 17:00 CET. We will host three inspiring keynote speakers. Also, there is plenty of time for interaction during the breaks, lunch and poster session. The posters will be announced by the authors in a poster pitch session. In the afternoon we will have a plenary discussion with a diverse group of experts in the field to talk about the future of computational sciences. The conference day will end with an informal drink and the poster/pitch award ceremony. We are looking forward to your participation!

Keynote speakers

Photo of Johan Mentink

Dr. Johan Mentink – He is an expert in ultrafast dynamics of condensed matter systems, specifically on the theoretical description and numerical simulation of (quantum) many-body effects in the ultrafast dynamics of magnetism. He is well-known for the strong interactions with experimentalists and actively involved in the application of ultrafast magnetic phenomena for the development of new concepts for faster, smaller and more energy-efficient computing. More info.. 

Photo of Nong Artrith

Dr. Nong Artrith – Nong applies computational methods to understand and design realistic complex materials. A specific research focus is on amorphous and nanostructured materials. To enable the modeling of such complex systems, she develops novel methods and tools that are shared with the scientific community. She is an expert on the development and application of first principles and machine learning methods for the computational discovery of materials for clean water and energy applications and for the interpretation of experimental observations. More info..

Photo of Dragan Savic

Prof. Dragan Savic - Professor Dragan Savic FREng is the CEO of KWR Water Research Institute. His research interests cover the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, which transcends traditional boundaries of water/environmental science and engineering, informatics/computer science including Artificial Intelligence, data mining and optimisation techniques and environmental engineering. The applications of his research are generally in the environmental engineering areas, including water resources management (both quality and quantity), flood management, water and wastewater systems, and environmental protection and management. More info.. 

Poster and pitch session

All poster abstract submitters will have the opportunity to present their poster at ACOS at location. We will not make a selection based on the abstract. There is not an online platform this year, therefore the poster session is at DIFFER in Eindhoven. Posters must be printed on A0 portrait format, brought to the venue and placed on the right poster board by yourself. NWO provides the poster board and attachment material. At the conference, prior to the poster session, poster authors will be asked to present their work plenary during the 1-minute pitch session. There you can present your work with support of one Powerpoint slide. Please send your Powerpoint slide at latest on 1 November to The best poster and pitch will be awarded a prize at the end of the day!

Scientific Committee

The scientific committee is formed by:
Prof. Peter Bobbert – CCER / Eindhoven University of Technology
Dr. Süleyman Er - DIFFER
Dr. Laura Filion - Utrecht University
Prof. Vianney Koelman – CCER / Eindhoven University of Technology
Dr. Linn Leppart - University of Twente
Prof. Johan Mentink - Radboud University
Prof. Thijs Vlugt - Delft University of Technology


ACOS2021 attendance is free of charge. However, registration is required. If you have registered but are unable to attend, please inform us at at least two days prior to the conference. Otherwise, a no-show fee of 50€ will be charged.


This year’s edition will take place on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at DIFFER in Eindhoven.


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