So it was an exceptionally chilly start to our first day at the National Cancer Research Institute, in Liverpool.
Temperatures plummeted below zero overnight and there was a great deal of scraping ice off windows before we could hit the road to the conference venue.
However, I'm glad to say the reception here has been much warmer.
We are giving a sneaky preview of our new research grants, which will be officially launched in January.
We will be providing grants for research into the early detection of lung cancer and also patient experience.
Generally people at the conference seem surprised when we tell them that only 5% of cancer research funding goes towards lung cancer despite it having the highest mortality rates - and these people are cancer researchers themselves.
I think it just shows how important it is for us all to keep spreading the word about lung cancer because when you talk, people do listen.