With the new year in swing, we’ve begun our preparations. The different committees are practicing their roles, discussing this year’s issues and beginning the long and arduous process required for a successful conference. With WIPO’s involvement this year, we’re cooking up a conference with intellectual property at its core; these issues are becoming more and more significant and they are especially important for young adults, who will live and work in a world shaped by these keys issues. With the democratisation of knowledge thanks to the world wide web, we are more than ever confronted with antiquated policies which no longer provide the protection required for creators or the freedom expected in our new era. We’ve put cutting edge issues at the forefront of this newest edition of our conference. Here’s hoping it’s a good one !