Australia in a spin?
It was attended by many of the great and the good of Australian spin bowling and aimed at addressing the deficiency of talent in that very particular and specialised art.
Shane Warne was there, along with his mentor Terry Jenner. In a recent telephone conversation, Jenner told me that a core aim of the summit was to canvas opinion on how to help children rediscover spin bowling and then successfully nurture and manage their development.
Its very existence speaks volumes about the void left by the retirement of Shane Warne. Ever since Warne delivered that ball to Mike Gatting on the second day of the first Test at Old Trafford in 1993, Australia have dominated spin bowling in the Ashes.
Warne and off spinner Tim May took 55 wickets in that series and spin has remained an essential part of Australia's bowling armoury ever since. Australia's riches extended not just to Warne but also fellow leg spinner Stuart MacGill, a bowler with a better strike rate than his illustrious team-mate. When Warne missed the 1998-99 series, MacGill claimed 27 wickets. Mercy was in short supply for tortured Englishmen.
This summer the man charged with the spin bowling duties for the Australians is 27-year-old Nathan Hauritz.
The off-spinner is the only specialist slow bowler in the Ashes touring party and faces a very difficult challenge.
Warne took 40 wickets in a losing side in 2005. He took 708 Test wickets in his career and is arguably the greatest slow bowler in the history of the game. He is irreplaceable.
Furthermore, history suggests the impact of Australian off-spinners in recent Ashes series has been modest at best. Since May took 21 wickets in 1993, the largest haul in a series by an off spinner was the nine wickets claimed in 1998-99 by the feisty Colin Miller.
And the pre-series indications are that Hauritz is unlikely to tear through England's batting order even if the first Test at Cardiff is played on a spin-friendly wicket.
During Australia's first warm-up match against Sussex at Hove, Hauritz bowled 18 overs in the first innings for 98 runs without success, although in the second innings he took the wicket of Luke Wright as he recorded 1-60 off 20 overs, including five maidens.
"Nathan does not have a serious off break and is quite a defensive bowler," said Jenner. "But he is getting the maximum out of what he has to offer.
"He will do a job for Australia but even if Cardiff is going to be a turner I don't expect anyone would back him to get six or seven wickets."
Hauritz, who claims he has been working on a doosra for two years but has not perfected it yet, only recently came out of the pack to claim his place on the tour - and the very fact that he hardly pulled up any trees to earn his passage speaks volumes.
There are plenty of options in Australia - the likes of Bryce McGain, Jason Krejza, Cameron White, Dan Cullen and Beau Casson - it is just that none have nailed down a place.
Krejza is a good example of a player who has been unable to grasp his opportunity in the side - but also of someone who could be forgiven for feeling that the selectors did not have complete faith in him.
The off-break bowler toured India in 2008, initially as second spinner to veteran leggie McGain. When McGain went home injured Krezja played against an Indian Board Presidents XI but went for 199 from 31 wicketless overs.
White replaced McGain and played in the first three Tests before Krejza finally got his chance in Nagpur. What followed was remarkable. The 26-year-old took eight wickets in the first innings but went for 215 runs. No bowler in the history of Test cricket has conceded more in their debut innings.
He was selected to play the second Test of the home series against New Zealand but suffered an ankle injury, with Hauritz, who has just been dropped by his state side, replacing him. Krejza had another chance against South Africa in Perth last December. His one wicket in the Test cost more than 200 runs and he has not been seen since.
Hauritz returned to the fold and produced a series of solid if unspectacular performances, particularly in one-day internationals. It was enough to pull him out of the pack.
"Warne was such a genius, it has probably made our job following him harder," Hauritz told BBC Sport. "I think I'm just the next guy in line to try."
His four Tests have yielded 14 wickets at 32.28. Jenner believes that Krejza sends down a lot more wicket-taking deliveries than Hauritz but concedes a lot more runs. Hauritz has a very decent Test economy rate of 2.69 runs per over. With an Ashes pace attack that could include the relatively inexperienced Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus, Hauritz's role this summer is likely to be defensive, keeping it tight at one end.
Hauritz himself thinks the wickets will dictate the role he plays.
"On days three, four and five there will be more turn so you can be an attacking bowler," said the spinner. "But on days one or two the wickets aren't going to spin so my role is to be containing. I feel very confident in my own ability."
Hauritz has not always been so self-assured. He made his Test debut in India in 2004. He took 5-103 in the match, but then again part-time spinner Michael Clarke claimed 6-9 in the second innings.
Upon his return to Australia, Hauritz lost form to the extent that he eventually left Queensland for New South Wales in a bid to rebuild his game.
"When I was younger I definitely did not thrive on pressure," he said. "I was very young in 2004 and got found out in pressure situations."
He describes moving to NSW as the "re-birth of his career" and is confident he will be able to handle it if England's batsmen attack him this summer.
"I have no doubt in my mind that Kevin Pietersen will be running down the track at me. If they can get on top of me early it is very difficult to come back from but I cannot wait for the challenge."
How often Hauritz will get the chance to do so is another matter. Jenner describes current Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting "as a bit of a reluctant captain when it comes to spin bowling".
Part-time spinners such as Clarke, Simon Katich and Marcus North, who interestingly took two wickets in Hove, could be asked to fill a role, though Jenner argues: "It would be tragic if we went into a Test match without a spinner."
Hauritz himself is confident of playing regularly during the Ashes.
"I can see myself playing a big role," he said. "I've never been on tour and been the only specialist spinner. It feels unreal but it's fantastic."
There had been a suggestion that the Australians preference would have been to select 37-year-old leggie Bryce McGain for the tour. Figures of 0-149 at an economy rate of 8.27 in his only Test, against South Africa in March of this year, ended that idea.
Intriguingly when I spoke to Jenner he discussed the possibility that the Australian batsmen might have a weakness against spin.
"When you think that South Africa's Paul Harris spun about half a dozen balls both in the home and away Test series and wrapped them all up, Ponting included, you would have to say there is a problem," argued Jenner.
Harris took 24 wickets at 32.59 in six Tests against the Australians in their Test series either side of Christmas.
England's first choice spinner this summer will be the much-improved Graeme Swann, followed by either young leggie Adil Rashid or Monty Panesar. And Jenner is in no doubt that England have the edge in the spin bowling department this summer.
"It is advantage England," said Jenner. "Swann has got a change of pace and although he does not have excessive spin he bowls in an attacking style.
"You'd have to say that Australia will have to use other tactics but England can plan to spin the opposition out. This is because they have two Test standard bowlers."