The German city of Hamburg has a long history in trading and as a port city, and today has the second largest port in Europe. It combines the activity and vibe of a major city, but also has many green and relaxation areas, and in 2016 ranked 10th among among the world's most liveable cities by The Economist.
All of this made it a great location for the Annual International Conference of the German Operations Research Society (OR2016), which was held there from Aug 30 – Sept 2. The Helmut-Schmidt-University, which hosted the conference, is one of two universities of the German military (Bundeswehr) where future and existing officers are educated.
The GAMS team gave 3 talks at the conference - an introductory workshop into GAMS by Fred Fiand and Tim Johannessen, Franz Nelissen gave a presentation on Solving Scenarios in the Cloud with GAMS, and Fred Fiand presented BEAM-ME, a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) that addresses the need for new and improved solution approaches for energy system models.
The conference also had a nice social program with a reception in the International Maritime Museum where you could look at artifacts of maritime history while chatting with other conference attendees, and a conference dinner at the famous Atlantik Hotel.