As usual, a collection of well respected local and international speakers addressed the group of nearly 250 participants with their thought provoking plenary addresses. The plenary addresses were punctuated with a number of long papers, short papers and poster presentations across the disciplines of Mathematics, Science and Technology education. One such short paper was presented by our colleague, Caroline Long. Caroline presented her research (and that of her colleagues Tim Dunne and Tracy Craig from UCT) in a presentation entitled “Proficiency in the multiplicative conceptual field: Using Rasch measurement to identify levels of competence”. Despite the unfortunate grave-yard time-slot on the last day of the conference, Caroline’s presentation was well attended and inspired a long lunch-time discussion between Caroline and an interested participant. On leaving the conference, our minds turned to the 2011 conference to be hosted by the North-West Province and the papers that would be presented there.