The first NHR conference: a joyous roundup
From September 18–20, 2023, the first NHR conference took place on site at the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). Almost 200 domain scientists, HPC consultants, decision makers, and administrative staff interacted at a vibrant event, which not only served to reflect the current state of the NHR effort but also sparked new collaborations for the years to come. Once more it was proven that online meetings are a poor substitute for intense, ad-hoc discussions over a cup of coffee.
The aim of the event was the exchange among researchers from the fields of Atomistic Simulation, Life Science, and Agent-based Simulation in their disciplines and with the HPC user community. On Monday, keynote lectures, contributed, and invited talks took turns; on Tuesday and Wednesday panel discussions and working group meetings completed the program. The breaks between talks made for a relaxed and stimulating atmosphere.
In retrospect, the first NHR Conference was a great success and a blueprint for future NHR events. It did exactly what it was meant to do: bring everyone together in a relaxed setting to foster exchange and collaboration.