This year's Summer Conference was held in Clontarf Castle, Dublin, a very grand setting for what proved to be an excellent scientific programme. Day one began with a workshop on Risk Assessment. Delegates were updated on key themes within this important area, from the role of risk assessment in the design of safe products, to the management of food safety risks by public health authorities. Through presentations, case studies, and discussions delegates were given a thorough briefing on all aspects of risk assessment. Following the Risk Assessment Workshop the Lewis B Perry lecture was presented this year by Professor Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and was held in the Guinness Storehouse. Alan discussed the implications to food safety of the global environment we now live in, both in terms of travel and social media. Alan encouraged everyone present to get involved with social media and to use these tools to communicate more effectively about foodborne disease outbreaks. Following Alan's talk we had a Guinness themed dinner followed by a drink of Guinness in the gravity bar, which had spectacular views over Dublin, and which everyone seemed to enjoy.