According to Albert Einstein's motto "The most important thing is not to stop asking", the ASIM symposium "Simulation in Production and Logistics" (SPL) was held as a digital conference in Erlangen from September 15 to 17, 2021. It was hosted and organized by the Chair FAPS of FAU and the Business School of THI.
Scientific conferences rely on learning about the latest findings in science and research and their implementation in industry, presenting one's own scientific findings to the community, discussing them and checking their applicability. In addition, personal exchange with other scientists and users and social events are part of the conference program. Offering all the necessary aspects in the digital world and thus creating as real a conference feeling as possible among the participants is not easy to realize.
The organization team of the ASIM symposium SPL succeeded convincingly, as the responsible persons Prof. Jörg Franke (FAPS/FAU) and Prof. Peter Schuderer (THI) stated. In addition to a conference package with the printed 696-page conference proceedings, coffee and sweet delicacies to sweeten the conference hours, information material and small items from the sponsors MathWorks, SimPlan and Dualis, the 175 participants received a beer package in preparation for the digital beer tasting.
. The 71 double-reviewed papers, the majority of which were printed in the conference proceedings, were divided into 28 different topical sessions, ranging from discrete-event simulation to optimization, use of ML and AI, and energy considerations of digital models and plants. Zoom, as a digital tool for meetings, provided an opportunity for all attendees to speak and thus participate in the discussion. In this regard, the session chairs, who guided through the presentations and suitably presented speakers, had also contributed to a large extent to the success of the event. Most of the session chairs were already involved in the review process last year as part of the program committee to select the best papers from the more than 100 submissions.
That the contributions were of high qualitative value was also shown by the many questions and discussion contributions afterwards. Two contributions each received a best paper award for the best contribution from industry and research. Employees of Robert Bosch GmbH around Dr. Sarah Sitz and researchers of the chair FAPS around Tobias Lechler were happy about the prize for the best industrial contribution for their paper entitled "Application of discrete-event material flow simulation in methods from continuous improvement in the manufacturing environment: success and effects of Speedweek 4.0". The prize for the best scientific paper was awarded to Leonard Overbeck from KIT for the paper "Continuous validation and updating for high realism of digital twins of production systems". We wish congratulations and much success in the implementation and further development of the research results.

As a back office, many staff members of the research group E|Sys supervised the individual digital lecture halls.
The participants in the conference followed the presentations with interest and participated actively in the subsequent discussions.

During the conference, the ASIM Simulation Award was presented. With this award, ASIM honors excellent theses in the field of discrete-event simulation in production and logistics. This year, the prize was given to Christina Gschwendtner from the Technical University of Munich.
During the breaks, all participants were invited to exchange ideas within the digital environment of Wonder.Me. Here it is possible to have private conversations.
For the digital beer tasting, the tool was used to enable exchange between participants.