The interest in the 19th ICIG symposium has been tremendous and we received a great number of very interesting abstracts. We are delighted to announce that about 25 excellent academic contributions have been selected now for presentation at this year's ICIG symposium. In addition, a number of experienced practitioners will share their insights with us as well. We are very excited about the diverse line-up, which will surely make for a memorable and thought-provoking event. We look very much forward to welcoming about 30 delegates at the prestigious Wivenhoe House Hotel (Essex University) in June this year: Welcome to Essex.