It was a pleasure to have the opportunity of hosting the fourth VRSIG conference and, as usual, the high standard of papers provided an interesting and entertaining day. Consistent with previous years, attendance to the event was free of charge due to the generous sponsorship provided by Virtual Presence Ltd and Brunel University.

This year we saw the introduction of a best paper award kindly donated by Superscape Ltd, consisting of a copy of their VRT Authoring Software and a two-day training course. The prize was voted for by the delegates and awarded at the close of the day by Peter Jonas of Superscape. The award went to Arkady Retik for his paper entitled ‘Mobile Hybrid Virtual Reality and Telepresence for Planning and Monitoring of Engineering Projects’

I would like to say a word of thanks to David Hendon, Ian Andrew and Prof Mansoor Sarhadi for their assistance in raising the funds necessary for the day and to the conference committee for their invaluable assistance in the refereeing process. I would also like to thank Justin Burrows, Darren Ashbrook and Martin Thompson for their outstanding help on the day. A special word of thanks goes to my wife Beccy, for her help, without which, none of this would have been possible.