This new IAVANTE programme, includes training and investigation in minimally invasive surgical techniques for surgical teams using endoscopes, robotics and microsurgery. Recently incorporated into the simulation centre, the Da Vinci Robotic Telesurgery System held pride of place in the inaugural event. The innovative surgical techniques incorporated in this programme make CMAT a training centre unique in Europe. The objective of the event was to present the lines of work of IAVANTE and their CMAT centre in the coming years and to offer the centre to the medical and scientific community as a reference centre for surgical training. Dr Richard Gaston, one of the world leaders in robotic surgery, from the San Agustin Clinic in Bordeaux gave the inaugural address highlighting the increasingly important role that robotic surgery will take in the coming years. The event was presided over by the Director General for Healthcare Innovation, Systems and Technology of the Andalusian Regional Health Ministry. IAVANTE Foundation for Technological Advancement and Professional Development, a non profit organisation, was created in 2003 by the Regional Health Ministry for the Andalusian Government (Spain) with the aim of facilitating and promoting the integrated development and training of healthcare professionals using the most innovative simulation and learning methodologies and at the same time, to lead research and innovation in new information and communication technologies.