Dear NEST Users and Developers!


I would like to thank you all for your engagement for high-quality computational neuroscience and research software in 2021. We have made some major steps forward with the release of NEST 3, NEST Desktop 3 and NESTML 4. A few days ago, PyNN 0.10 also brought support for NEST 3, nicely wrapping up the year of NEST 3.  We also moved to quarterly releases with the release of NEST 3.0. If you wonder what happened to NEST 3.2 in that scheme of things don't worry, it will come in Januar. The combination of holiday season, new COVID restrictions and an important reporting deadline in the Human Brain Project—the major source of funding for NEST development in recent years—unfortunately left too little time to wrap everything up in time.


2022 promises to be an exciting year for NEST, including the deeper integration of NEST Desktop (so far mainly developed by Sebastian Spreizer) and NEST GPU (so far mainly developed by Bruno Golosio as NeuronGPU) into the NEST development process and community.


Don't forget to block out 23/24 June in your calendars for the NEST Conference 2022 (this time on a Thursday and Friday)!


On behalf of the NEST Initiative, I wish you happy holidays and all the best for 2022!

Hans Ekkehard




Prof. Dr. Hans Ekkehard Plesser

Head, Department of Data Science


Faculty of Science and Technology

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

PO Box 5003, 1432 Aas, Norway


Phone +47 6723 1560