Despite popular suggestions or forecasts that the research profession was/is in decline, this report shows that our industry recorded continued growth in 2017, following the turnaround shown in 2015. In contrast with last year, not all regions show growth; nonetheless all anecdotal evidence from commentators in those markets is positive, and some of them have successfully expanded their local measure to incorporate a wider selection of services and providers. The relationship between local currency measures and then the subsequent impact of inflationary effects and/ or currency exchange rates, remains challenging; nonetheless, only very few markets show a decline in local currency terms (and the biggest market USA records above average growth of +1.6%). This issue sees our commentary chapters concentrate on automation, A.I. and some of the newer trends in our profession, all of which make for fascinating reading!