Letter from the Editor

bridges vol. 10, June 2006 / Letter from the Editor
by Philipp Steger

Dear Reader,

The Austrian EU Presidency has been an exciting experience. During the first half of 2006, the OST, part of the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, has covered the areas of Health, Environment, Energy, and Education in addition to its regular portfolio of Science & Technology.


{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick - all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest}A series of events, whose topics reflect the wide area of responsibility assumed by the OST during the last six months, stood at the center of our EU Presidency-related activities. We kicked off the series of events with a briefing on global climate change, followed with meetings on obesity as a public health challenge, science education, the internationalization of Higher Education, and finished with an event on Green Buildings that featured a panel discussion with a number of experts from both the US and Austria. You will find a complete review of our activities in both the current and previous editions of bridges. In addition, you can download all materials relating to these events on our Web site [http://www.ostina.org/content/view/20/35/#EU ]

One of the topics that is becoming of ever-increasing importance in transatlantic relations is space policy. We have asked some experts for their input on this timely topic. Frederic Nordlund, director of the Washington Bureau of the European Space Agency (ESA), has contributed an overview on the evolution and the current state of transatlantic space cooperation; Norbert Frischauf and Alexander Soucek focus on Galileo, one of the most exciting European space endeavors of recent years; Johannes Loschnigg, a staff member of the House Science Committee, takes a look at what's happening with NASA; while our columnist Roger Pielke asks some critical questions concerning NASA's mission and future.


You will find these articles and many others on topics ranging from Austria's past as one of the world's leading oil producers, to the US State Department's Jefferson Science Fellowship Program, to the International Polar Year - all in this edition of bridges.







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