In September about 700 scientists from 45 countries gathered in Dresden for the 8th International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks and Open Framework Compounds (MOF2022). It was the first physical meeting after the COVID-19 crisis and an ideal platform for scientists, developers and users to reconnect and present their latest findings. Prof. Van Speybroeck and prof. Guy Maurin (CNRS, University of Montpellier) were invited to write the meeting report. Read the full report published in Nature Materials here.