The programme preceded by a joint meeting of the Congenital Cardiac Anaesthesia Network and the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society, a wide range of topics were covered. Subjects covered included thoracic anaesthesia, quality improvement, management of metabolic disease, plus innovative interactive sessions on management of abnormal blood pressure and dealing with the difficult child. There was also a programme of lectures and workshops aimed at fulfilling aspects of the continuing professional development (CPD) matrix of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. The workshops provided an opportunity to try your hand at technical (surgical skills, neonatal resuscitation and bagpiping), and non-technical (human factors in paediatric anaesthesia) skills. An excellent social programme comprising of a Civic Reception in the award winning Aberdeen Maritime Museum, and the Annual Dinner at the fabulous Art Deco Beach Ballroom. This meeting was hosted by the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.