Letter from the Editor

bridges vol. 14, July 2007 / Letter from the Editor

by Caroline Adenberger

Dear Reader,

Two weeks ago, on June 27, bridges celebrated the kick off of its lecture series with our long-time columnist Roger Pielke, Jr. giving the first talk on the roles of scientists in policy making. It was nice, for a change, to meet with readers in person after more than three years of publishing bridges, and to discuss S&T policy - and much more - with them over a good glass of Austrian wine. For the extensive event report, please read "The Honest Broker": bridges Columnist Kicks off the "bridges Lecture Series" with Talk on the Roles of Scientists in S&T Policy."

The evening, however, not only marked the beginning of this new bridges institution, but also the ending of a "human institution" at our office: Philipp Steger, the director of the OST and Austrian Science Attaché to the US and Canada for seven years, left the OST to pursue his lifelong dream of being a full-time fiction writer. A brave decision for him - and a heavy loss for the OST: It was due to his vision and his perseverance that the OST as it stands - and his brainchild bridges - even exist today. The bridges editorial team certainly wishes him all the best for his new endeavor!

Philipp Steger is succeeded by Philipp Marxgut who will head the OST as Austrian Science Attaché for the next four years. As every end also means a new beginning, it is now Philipp Marxgut who will continue to build on the existing foundations of the OST.

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