Last week I went to the ninth ELF conference in Lleida. This was a who's who of ELF research, and the whole event was a celebration of the great work being done in this area, with talks by scholars from all over the world. There were plenty of sessions directly relevant to business English and ESP, and I also had the chance to meet or catch up with some well-known BELF researchers, people like Alessia Cogo, Anne Kankaanranta, Marie-Luise Pitzl, Pamela Rogerson Revell, and Patricia Pullin. As always, I learned a lot, and I came away with head buzzing with insights and ideas. All in all a very useful three days.