As proud supporters and gold sponsors of the Executive Research Association, the Annual Conference was a great opportunity for us to gain a deeper understanding of the hot topics, challenges and issues facing leading research professionals. It was fantastic to catch up with so many Invenias customers, meet a number of new faces and hear from the specialist speakers. Unsurprisingly, data protection was a hot topic and we were delighted to get such positive feedback on our resources, guides and webinars relating to the GDPR (visit: www.invenias.com/gdpr for more information). The Invenias presentation focusing on the role of software in driving a more efficient and effective research process was well received as were the Invenias m&ms, perhaps unsurprisingly! Thanks to the ERA for hosting such a great day and congratulations to Carin Whitney of Armstrong Craven, winner of the Researcher of the Year 2017. A fantastic achievement!