HSR organized the 3rd AERC on April 27 – 29, 2006, in Hersonisos, Crete, on behalf of the European Society of Rheology (ESR). The chairman of the organizing committe was Dimitris Vlassopoulos and the co-chair was Georgios Georgiou. The meeting was lively with around 350 participants and the quality of the presentations and the posters was very high. Most of the HSR members presented a talk or a poster. A special issue of the Rheologica Acta will publish a number of the papers presented in this conference, after they go through the usual reviewing process. It has to be mentioned here that, as of this spring, Rheologica Acta has become the official journal of ESR.