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.

{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} In this issue, bridges features several articles on nanosciences and nanotechnologies, touted as both hype and hope at the beginning of this millennium. We talked with experts from the policy field, scientists, and researchers on both sides of the Atlantic to find out about the true potential of nanotechnologies: the biz beyond the buzz.

Articles and portraits of outstanding Austrian scientists like the physicist Marietta Blau , or neurophysiologist Karl Pribram , commentaries and expert contributions about US research projects such as the proposed new agency for energy R&D "ARPA-E ," and the project on the next generation of the Internet "GENI " round out the current issue.

I wish you an enjoyable reading experience and a relaxing summer,

Caroline Adenberger