With sponsorship from the US Office of Naval Research, Boeing, the UKVAC and Middlesex University, VASS 2013 featured 29 invited speakers who are experts in various aspects of visualisation, analytics, and human factors and cognition. Topics included the application of visual analytics to business intelligence, financial systemic risk analysis, advanced analysis and identification of communities, sub-space clustering, text analytics and how it is used in the study of an unfamiliar language such as the quran, and many other advanced topics. A special feature of this year’s VASS was the cooperation with CANVAS – the Canadian Visual Analytics Summer School held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and with VIVA (the Vancouver Institute of Visual Analytics) at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. VASS and CANVAS shared the daily keynote addresses, broadcasted from both Halifax and London via video conference link, enabling question and answering from both sides of the Atlantic. VASS 2013 ran from 15-19 July 2013.