I like getting away to conferences, its good to have your pre-occupations tested in by friendly questioning in a supportive atmosphere. This (OK so I work for ICIS) was a good conference,and its local focus helped.
I like the North East Process Industry Consortium's plan to try and build a 1m tonne/year biofuels and biochemcials plant by 2020, mentioned in my earlier post. It is a vision; it probably won't happen in quite the way that Stan and Mark outline, and they dont really expect it to come together in the way they propose. But the point is it is something substantial to aim for, and that kind of beacon project could light the way for others in the UK and across Europe.