In late August 2011 the annual ICS meeting returned to Glasgow, for a week of Scottish themed socializing and scientific debate. In this overview of the scientific programme we have tried to highlight some of the themes of the meeting, looking at new directions for continence basic science, and focusing on abstracts with important implications for clinical practice. Neurourol. Urodynam. 31:2–6, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.