Our association “The Higher Education Society” is in healthy shape. Reaching the age of maturity – EAIR will celebrate its 40th birthday in 2018 – we can look back at forums, well organised by enthusiastic and professional university teams, with great keynote speakers, many interesting contributions from participants and our members and interesting new initiatives, like the presidential roundtable and the special interest groups. An asset of our association is that the forums bring us to new places, leads to reacquainting old friends and introduces us to new colleagues. The size of the conference is manageable for each participant, with limited fears of getting lost in the crowd. Focusing on the period I chaired the Executive Committee, I look back with fond memories at the forums in e.g. Stavanger and Birmingham: before heading off to these forums, I did not realise what treasures these universities and their cities and regions would harbor and afterwards I was happy having met new interesting colleagues.