Those of you who attended the 2012 annual meeting in Dublin experienced a real treat. The City was magnificent and did not disappoint, with typical Irish weather (some sun, a few soakings, but mostly scudding clouds). The conference venue was impressive and superbly situated on the riverbank. Over 2 ½ days a lot of ground was covered, ranging from sore bottoms, pelvic floor disorders, radical and not so radical treatment of rectal cancer, colonoscopy, Crohn’s disease, emergency colorectal surgery and the thorny issue of what to do with a polyp containing a focus of cancer. There was much stimulating debate amongst the speakers at the end of each session, prompted by cases presented for discussion. This year, for the first time, delegates could use Twitter to put questions to the speakers. This got off to a promising start and is sure to be a growing feature of future meetings. Some of the content of the meeting will be available soon on the website for you to use as an educational resource. I hope you find this useful, but it is no substitute for being there in person and for this reason I do hope you will join us in Liverpool for the 2013 annual meeting.