This issue focusses on confidence and conferences. Dr Swee Hoon Chuah, President of the Women and Research group, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing (RMIT), talks about a recent workshop event on the topic of confidence. Dr Chuah provides interesting information about overcoming barriers, the need to engage in behaviours that are advantageous to the workplace and how women can help themselves. We also hear from two PhD students, Tri Le and Tony Cooper on their experiences submitting to and attending their first academic conferences. I talk about writing practices and wonder 'where do you do your best academic writing?'.