AoU chose the London Docklands for its 10th Anniversary event which resulted in an even more international flavour than normal. Since being invited to become an Academician in 2010 I’ve been able to get to four annual Congress events and they’ve all been excellent – by far the most interesting and demanding conferences I’ve attended in my career. Despite that, there is always a point normally in the preceding week, when I’ve no idea why I decided to give up two working days and half a weekend when we are so busy. This Congress was no exception, but I’m really glad I didn’t change my mind about attending. Based in the Siemens ‘Crystal’ at Royal Victoria Docks and the ‘Curzon’ in Brunswick Place the programme was packed with excellent national, european and international speakers. I had the opportunity to renew the many friendships and professional connections I’ve made through the Academy. Once the Congress ended the enthusiasm continued when Ann and I joined an impromptu lunch with some of the Academy directors, staff and guest speakers. It’s not every day I get to sit next to my good friend Jas Atwal and chat with Prof Wulf Daseking former Director of City Planning at Freiburg and Christer Larsson City Planning Director of Malmo, and others about the EU referendum, climate change and the best way to fit twenty people under a restaurant canopy in the pouring rain.