Welcome to the last issue for 2015. As we close out the academic year and gear up for conferences and Christmas I reflect on the lessons I've learned. We hear from Associate Professor Victoria Haskins on the Sisyphean trajectory of administration and service and from recent graduate Dr Carla Ferraro on the lessons she learned during her PhD. We interview Dr Tseen Khoo of Research Whisperer fame and we finish this issue with some thoughts on the dialogical conference model. It's a bumper issue and I hope you enjoy it!