As part of our celebrations of 60 years of Nursing Studies at Edinburgh we are holding the biannual Elsie Stephenson memorial lecture. This event is held in the name of the first Director of Nursing Studies at Edinburgh. It is an open event to which we particularly welcome all our alumni. It is an opportunity for meeting up with former and current students and staff. In this special year, we have invited Professor Roger Watson, Professor of Nursing at the University of Hull and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advanced Nursing to give this prestigious lecture.