Anyway, that meant I missed the opening lectures. As far as I have heard they were brilliant. Polly Maltzinger talked about "Conversations between tissues and the immune system" and then Roger Seymour talked about "Homage to Scholander, Johansen and Schmidt-Nielsen: Ecophysiology of temperature regulation and energetics".
The most interesting presentation that I actually attended was Jens Titze's about how macrophages in the skin affect sodium balance and blood pressure. Apparently this happens completely without involving the kidneys. If you, like I, have a hard time grasping the idea you can read more in his Nature Medicine paper: "Macrophages regulate salt-dependent volume and blood pressure by a vascular endothelial growth factor-C-dependent buffering mechanism" (Machnik et al. Nat Med. 2009 May;15(5):545-52). The future developments in this field will be very interesting.
The social program was outstanding. The young investigators party included a free bar (Yay!) and a live band. Although they played a bit too loud for relaxed conversations, the lubrication was enough to get even young, more or less autistic, researchers to socialise and meet new people. Saturday evening there was the conference dinner, which was held at the top of mount Fløyen. The resturant managed to produce very nice, quite authentic Norwegian food, and similarly very good entertainment with some authentic Norwegian parts.
All in all, a very successful meeting. Thanks to the organisers in Bergen and the SPS for making it happen.