European hard metals researchers met in Aachen, Germany, on December 13 and 14, 2022. The meeting took place within the WINTEREV seminars organized by the European Hard Materials Group (EuroHM) of the European Powder Metallurgy Association. Above the rooftops of Aachen in the RWTH Skylounge, participants focused primarily on advanced characterization techniques for hard materials, but also addressed other important topics such as modeling, surface modification technologies, and material properties under extreme conditions. Our colleague Donat Rudenskiy presented the approach for the simulation of the multiphase materials and the advances in the modeling of the residual stresses in the hard metal. The scientific program was rounded off with a tour through the institute and discussions in a warm atmosphere.