The 3rd ESLAS meeting was held in Tarragona, Spain, from March 24th to 26th, 2000, under the Presidency of Dr Mario Trelles. Just over 200 attendees participated. Nine round table sessions dealt with 31 papers., and a further 27 papers in the free paper sessions. The final day consisted of a live surgery session broadcast from the operating theatres of the Instituto Medico Vilafortuny. The social programme was outstanding, and the beautiful weather added to theexcellence of the meeting.