At 205 delegates and 22 exhibitors, the number who turned out for the 19th BWEA conference was the lowest for years. Academic and research establishments were poorly represented at less than 30 compared with over 70 last year. Overseas numbers were also significantly down. Fewer turbine manufacturers were present, and many of the other organisations who normally turned out in strength sent fewer representatives this time round. In the exhibition hall, half the stands were providers of wind energy goods and services, seven were wind turbine manufacturers and the remainder developers or research establishments. Some familiar names, like NedWind of the Netherlands, were absent and it was noted that the stand for NEG Micon -- following the merger of Nordtank and Micon -- was a sign of the contraction of the manufacturing sector of the industry. A few newcomers filled the gaps and all reported that interest was keen. Despite the lack of formal breaks from the proceedings, many delegates were content to stay and chat in the exhibition.