Welcome to the student column of the newsletter. We’re sure 2010 was a big year for you all and hopefully a productive one for your research. Congratulations to those who have recently submitted their theses, and good luck especially to those to intend to submit in the coming months. We are looking forward to seeing you at the ASBTE conference in Queenstown in New Zealand in April. This is a great opportunity to see the beautiful South Island of NZ and I hope some of you are taking advantage of the conference with a bit of a holiday before or afterwards (I hope your supervisors are letting you all have some well deserved time off!). The first afternoon of the conference, your student reps will be chairing the 5 minute poster presentations that were introduced last year. This is a great opportunity for students and early career researchers to gain experience with presenting and meet the challenge of explaining your research in only 5 minutes! Good luck to those selected in this session and we hope everyone will come along to support these students and also all the other students with oral presentations or posters. The student get together will be held on the first night (Wednesday) after the Welcome Receptionlook out for more details in the program but plan on coming out that night! This is always a fun night and good way to meet your fellow biomaterials students in a social environment, so make sure you come along and get to know everyone! We have established an ASBTE Student and Early Career Researcher Facebook page (http:// www.facebook.com/#!/group.php? gid=338352205119) to help us stay in touch and share resources etc. Check it out and join the group. Also feel free to post any exciting news or questions to fellow researchers! We are also looking for new ways to help students connect throughout the year. As a first event, we would like to suggest a social catch up for ASBTE young members in each state. Send us an email to let us know if you would be interested in attending (or helping to organise!) your states event and what sort of format you would most enjoy. Keep an eye on the Student page on the ASBTE website and the Facebook page for more info throughout the year! Let us know if you have any other suggestions or ways we could make the student section of ASBTE better! We are always interested in your research, achievements or anything else you would like to see featured on this page, so send us an email with your news.