SEA Conference

SEA's Improving Scientific Software Conference and Tutorials 2020

We appreciate your interest in the SEA’s Improving Scientific Software Conference 2020. 

The safety and well-being of our community colleagues is a top priority. UCAR is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. As a result, UCAR has closed its facilities to the public and to non-essential staff until further notice. In fact, everybody in the conference committee is working from home.

The conference committee discussed the results of a survey sent to speakers, which showed 70% of respondents preferred canceling or rescheduling the conference as a first choice and 36% said it was their second choice. Many said they would withdraw from an online-only event and that the in-person networking is the most important aspect of this event.

Based on that, we decided to cancel the ISS 2020 conference.

Rescheduling anytime before the planned date for next year presented several obstacles. For next year’s program, we will give priority to authors whose talks and tutorials were accepted for 2020.

While the conference itself is canceled, we will still publish proceedings for this year. You can see the proceedings here

Please keep an eye on our website for updated information. We look forward to seeing you all in person when possible!


Improving Scientific Software

April 27 - May 1, 2020

The 2020 annual SEA’s Improving Scientific Software conference will take place in Boulder, CO at the NCAR Center Green Campus from the afternoon of Monday April 27th to Friday May 1st. 

Program Details

We are soliciting talks, tutorials and papers (submission deadline: January 27th, 2020) on Improving Scientific Software related to any of the following:

  • Influence of computer architecture on scientific software design, including but not limited to:

    • Modern architectures (such as GPU, ARM, etc)

    • Post-modern architectures (such as Quantum Computing, Neuromorphic, etc)

    • Extreme Heterogeneity (intra-node and inter-system)

    • Edge computing

    • Communication/computation overlap

    • Performance, Portability & Productivity

  • Modern tools for

    • Data Analysis, Processing and Visualization

    • Scientific Workflows: Purpose and Product Review.

  • Machine learning  for Scientific Computing

  • Containers in scientific software

  • Leveraging Cloud Computing Resources for HPC Development and Operations

Papers will be peer-reviewed and published as proceedings in a NCAR Technical Note, a technical report series issued by the NCAR Library. Only papers presented through an oral talk at the conference will be considered for publication, but talks may or may not have an accompanying paper.

The submission deadline for talks, tutorials and papers is January 27th, 2020.  Notification of acceptance will be two weeks after the January deadline. Early registration ends March 23rd, 2020.


Call for proposals

The submission has been closed.



Program can be checked out here.



Registration can be completed here. We will reimburse the registration fee should the conference be cancelled or you decide not to attend due to health reasons.

NOTE: For inhouse staff wishing to register, please fill out the registration form and use this discount code. Once registered, please email to start an in-house account key transfer. 


Register by Registration type Price (general) Price (student)
March 23rd Early Bird $275 $75
April 17th Regular Rate $350 $125
April 27th Late Registration $500 $200


Important dates

  • 2019, October 31st: Call for talks and tutorials opens
  • 2020, January 27th:  Call for talks and tutorials closed
  • 2020, January 31th: Program announced
  • 2020, February 1st: Registration for attendees opened at the early bird rate
  • 2020, February 10th:  Accept/deny notice
  • 2020, February 28th: Travel Assistance application deadline
  • 2020, April 17th: Early bird rate ends, standard rate begins
  • 2020, April 27th: Standard rate ends, late rate begins
  • 2020, April 27th: Conference begins
  • 2020, May 1st: Conference ends

Student Travel Scholarship

Please refer to the following link for detailed info:


Hotel information

Residence Inn Marriott (.1 miles from Center Green) $149/night
3030 Center Green Drive Boulder, Colorado 80301
Dates Available: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Saturday, May 2, 2020
You must book by Friday, March 27, 2020 to receive the group rate.
Check-in at 3pm, Check-out at 12pm.
Courtyard Marriott (1.1 miles from Center Green) $119/night
4710 Pearl East Circle Boulder, Colorado 80301
Dates Available: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Saturday, May 2, 2020
You must book by Friday, March 27, 2020 to receive the group rate.
Check-in at 4pm, Check-out at 12pm.  


Additional information

  • All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at UCAR/NCAR-run events are required to agree with the UCAR/NCAR code of conduct.
  • Gender specific restrooms are located on the first floor. All-gender/gender neutral, single-stall restrooms are located on the third floor of the conference venue, next to conference room CG-3150.
  • Lactation rooms are available for use by workshop participants, and are located on the second floor, CG-2615 and CG-2617. If you require a small refrigerator to be placed in either of these rooms, please contact the registration desk. Child care may also be arranged if necessary. Contact any member of our Executive Committee if you'd like more information.
  • The conference venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs, including restrooms, but feel free to contact any member of our Executive Committee should you have a special need.
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