The RISE annual meeting took place from 11-13 May in Italy. After the last time the RISE community met in person at the kick-off meeting in 2019, this conference took on a special significance. For many, it was a great reunion after more than two years and, for others, the possibility to finally meet in person. It was an intense 2.5 days in Florence with many presentations from the different work packages, discussion rounds, interactive sessions, and a poster fair. In addition to the official programme, the joint coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners also provided great opportunities for a lively exchange. A magnitude 3.7 earthquake, which we all felt during the conference dinner, was an exciting experience in real-time. A meeting that we will not forget so soon!