The IAC counts 12 seats: 11 full members from different industrial sectors and one observer from ETP4HPC. At the inaugural meeting, Mr. Jürgen Kohler, Head of NVH CAE and Vehicle Concepts at Daimler AG, was elected Chair, while Mr. Anders Rhod Gregersen, Senior Specialist at Vestas Wind Systems, took the position of Vice-Chair.
Ms. Catherine Rivière, Chair of the PRACE Council described the meeting as an "opening of paths towards synergy and added value through mutual support".
"PRACE expects to benefit greatly from the advice of this body and will in return support industrial Open R&D projects with world-class HPC resources for sustained European competitiveness", she added.
The IAC Chair will serve as the linking pin between the European Industrial community and the PRACE Council, a function taken up with serious interest by Mr. Kohler, who said that "HPC resources are vital for sustaining - and growing - European competitiveness in large-scale industry as well as in SMEs. I am already looking forward to the first PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference in May next year, where the IAC will be hosted by PRACE alongside the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee and the PRACE User Forum. This event will provide excellent opportunities for science and industry to join hands - virtually and in reality."