On April, 21 -23, the VII general MPD Collaboration Meeting was held in a mixed format: in-person in the VBLHEP conference hall of Building 3 and on-line for external participants. More than 190 senior scientists, students and engineers from all over the world – from China to Mexico – took part in the meeting. During the 3 days of plenary sessions, almost 50 reports were presented.
The Collaboration status, as well as a summary of the preparation of the main detector components were presented and put in perspective in comparison to the timeline of the completion of the NICA accelerator complex. The recent milestone in the successful startup and commencement of the commissioning of the Booster accelerator was highly appreciated. The readiness of the software and computing infrastructure was also discussed.
Five Physics Working Groups of MPD have shown the recent performance studies using the massive productions of Monte-Carlo simulated events. These results have been shown recently at large international scientific conferences. In addition, dedicated talks focusing on specific observables were given, also by the younger members of the Collaboration. The publication on the status of the MPD Detector, as well as its physics performance, is undergoing the Collaboration Review in preparation for submission.
During the session of the MPD Institutional Board, new members of the Executive Committee were elected. Three institutions from Serbia, Poland and Mexico were accepted as new members of the MPD Collaboration.