2nd HPAC Platform Training

26-28 November 2019 | Heidelberg, Germany






Heidelberg by plane

Heidelberg does not have its own airport, but because of its location between Frankfurt and Stuttgart, it is easily accessible by train, shuttle, rental car, or taxi.

Heidelberg by train

The main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in Heidelberg is centrally located, and it has service to both regional towns and major cities, making it easy to get to Heidelberg from anywhere in the country.

To find prices for the different trains and routes, visit the English section of the . Here you can plan your route and order tickets, as well as get information on other special offers that the D Bahn is offering. 

The D Bahn also offers “Rail&Fly”, a special package purchased through your airline which adds rail passes to your airline ticket.

From the Frankfurt Airport:

The S-Bahn, regional and local trains leave the Frankfurt airport from Terminal 1, Level 1, platforms 1 – 3.

From the Stuttgart Airport:

The S-Bahn leaves the Stuttgart airport from Terminal 1, Level 1.

Heidelberg by shuttle transport

Lufthansa Airlines’ shuttle service from Frankfurt to Heidelberg is open for everyone, with Lufthansa passengers receiving a discount. Tickets can be reserved directly from the shuttle company by email or over the phone during business hours.



Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1

69120 Heidelberg



By car from the Autobahn

At the Autobahnkreuz Heidelberg from the Autobahn A5, or at the Autobahnkreuz Mannheim from the A6, change onto the A656 towards Heidelberg. At the end of the Autobahn, turn left into the direction of Neuenheim/Universitätsklinikum, then turn right on Vangerowstraße. Merge directly into the right of the two lanes. Drive underneath the Neckar Bridge (Ernst Walz Brücke). Drive right, directly onto the bridge, and cross the Neckar river. Merge directly into the left lane. After the bridge, take an immediate left onto Jahnstraße. In 50 meters, the street will take a bend to the right. Then, in approximately 100 meters, you will find the entrance to the visitor parking lot 22 (P 22).

It is extremely difficult to find a parking space in Neuenheimer Feld, so we reccommend that you leave your car at the aforementioned visitor parking lot at the endtrance to Neuenheimer Feld, and from there, to walk approximately 8 minutes to the Marsilius Kolleg. You must pay for a parking space.

Don’t forget: the ticket must be paid at the window beforehand (either in the front at the gate or by the surgery) in order to be able to exit through the gate.


With public transportation from the Heidelberg Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof)

From the main train station, enter bus number 32 towards Neuenheim, Kopfklinik. Exit at the stop „Uni-Campus“. You can also enter bus number 37 towards Sportzentrum Nord. Exit at the stop "Uni-Campus". Please make sure, that you check the timetable for possible changes. The Marsilius Kolleg is on the opposite side of the street from the bus stop, in the Marsilius Arkaden 130.1.

If you are taking the tram, use either number 21 or 24 (toward Handschuhsheim). Exit at the stop “Jahnstraße”. Cross the Berliner Straße toward Neuenheimer Feld. Follow Jahnstraße, which will bend toward the right in approximately 50 meters. Turn left on Kirschnerstraße and follow it approximately 350 meters, until you reach the Marsilius Arkaden on the left side (Im Neuenheimer Feld 130).


Entrance to the Marsilius Kolleg

The Marsilius Kolleg is located in the north tower of the Marsilius Arkaden (130.1), which is the foremost building on the complex. It lies obliquely opposite the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The building entrance is on the left, on the east side (towards the campus entrance). In the entryway you will find a sign with directions.

Please note that the information provided on this site has been obtained from several different sources and therefore the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for errors therein.



Neuroscience research has become increasingly interdisciplinary in recent years. New imaging technologies deliver ultra-high resolution images, and new simulator technology enables scientists to simulate larger and more detailed neural networks. Such data can no longer be analysed and such simulations can no longer be run solely on a user’s computer in the office: clusters, supercomputers and good data management strategies have become indispensable.

During this 2nd HPAC Platform Training Event we will give an introduction to the resources, tools and services provided by the High Performance Analytics and Computing (HPAC) Platform and by the Fenix infrastructure. The different options to get access to High-Performance Computing (HPC) and data resources, as well as how to use Fenix resources and services in workflows will be presented, including sessions on how to transfer between HPC sites and how to access resources from Jupyter notebooks in the HBP Collaboratory. The participants will get an overview of the visualization tools available in the HBP. The simulator NEST, for models with point-neurons will be introduced, including more in-depth sessions introducing NEST Desktop, NESTML and an outlook to NEST 3. Another session will deal with the coupling of the simulators NEST and TVB.

The agenda of this 2nd HPAC Training is aligned with the programme of the other events taking place in parallel so that participants of one event can also attend some sessions of the other events that are also relevant for them.

Some sessions of this training are organised by the HBP High-Level Support Team (HLST). The services offered by the HLST can be found here: HLST website


Registration is open!



  1. If you already have an HBP account, you can directly access registration via the button below.
    Please use your HBP credentials to log in.
  2. If you do not have an account yet, you will need to create a (free) HBP Community account, which also allows you access to the infrastructure demonstrated during the event. Please follow one of the options below to receive an invitation: 
    • If you are not an HBP member, request an invitation by sending a short email to support@humanbrainproject.eu.
    • If you are an HBP member, please contact your SP manager.
    • You can also be invited by a current HBP account holder.
  3. After sending your request, you will receive an invitation to join the HBP Collaboratory and create an account. Use your log-in details to access the registration after clicking the button below. 

If you experience any problems with the registration process, please contact martina.schmalholz@kip.uni-heidelberg.de


Registration deadline: 18 Novemberr 2019



Please note that registration for the 2nd HPAC Training is mandatory.








Combine this event with other HBP-related training activities!

This event is part of the HBP Brain Days taking place in Heidelberg from 25-28 November 2019.

These events will share coffee and lunch breaks and offer ample opportunities to get a deeper insight into the HBP Platforms and services.



Carolina Olmo Peñate | Barcelona Supercomputer Center, Spain
Anna Lührs | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany



Martina Schmalholz | Heidelberg University, Germany

Education Programme Office | Medical University Innsbruck, Austria

High-Level Support Team (HLST)





ABOUT THE VENUE                                                                

HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY                                                

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1
69120 Heidelberg


The 2nd HPAC Platform Training will take place at the Marsilius College of the Heidelberg University. The mission of the Marsilius College is to built bridges between academic cultures and serves well as venue for this interdisciplinary coding event.

The venue offers one big plenary room fo the morning sessions and together with a seminar room will be used also for the afternoon hands-on and coding sessions.

The Heidelberg University has just once again awarded the title of "University of Excellence" (19 July 2019) with its concept of a Comprehensive Research University.