This year's ECR had the cycle of life as its main theme. As always, the congress did not disappoint in delivering a comprehensive platform of learning and communication for radiologists, radiographers and medical physicists. The scientific program covered all usual aspects of body imaging, and perhaps for the first time, went beyond the conventional, by dealing quite extensively with imaging of the afterlife, with a number of sessions covering post mortem radiology as well as imaging of inanimate objects e.g. art, historical artifacts and musical instruments. Also commendable was the plenary session dealing with environmental sustainability, followed by related sessions, e.g. impact of contrast media on the environment. Finally, artifical intelligence was once again at the heart of both educational and research sessions, taking centre stage in one of the plenary lectures. There were plenty of sessions dedicated directly to trainees, including preparation for the European Diploma in Radiology (EDIR). 5333 radiologists from all around the world have attempted the examination since its inception in 2011 and 3775 radiologists have passed the exam, with a pass rate of 69%. Malta was one of two venues that hosted the first session of EDIR in 2023. Interventional radiology was also amply covered at ECR 2023, in the 'Cube'.