Letter from the Editor

bridges vol. 28, December 2010 / Letter from the Editor

By Caroline Adenberger

Dear Reader,

Another year’s end is quickly approaching, and we can look back on our 7th year of publishing bridges. More than 40 scientists, policy makers, and other experts in the international STI arena have offered their time and knowledge again in 2010, and have contributed to our quarterly issues of bridges, thus helping us to accomplish our mission of “building bridges of knowledge and expertise between Austria and North America.”

{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} Just last week, on December 14, we hosted our annual “real” bridges event at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. Once a year, we turn the virtual information exchange platform that bridges seeks to provide online into a real-time event, where bridges readers meet the authors and the bridges staff. The topic of this year’s debate was a timely one: Just two days after the official closing of the 16th UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, a panel consisting of bridges contributors Roger A. Pielke Jr., David Goldston, and Alexander Ochs discussed in a lively debate with an audience of more than 200 people how to craft global climate change policy in a more efficient manner. The slow progress in the current international negotiations has been especially troubling, due to the urgent nature of the problem and the need for immediate action to avoid the most severe consequences. You can find a full event report here.

The final days of a year also offer an opportunity to thank all those people who make bridges happen. Of course, first and foremost, there are the editorial team members, both internal staff as well as the previously mentioned external contributors who share their expertise with us, providing their time and knowledge gratis. Plus, the many people “behind the scene” who ensure that every issue appears in a timely manner, that all articles are nicely illustrated and recorded for the bridges podcast, and hopefully not with too many typos.

And last but not least, it is also an opportunity to thank the bridges subscribers, a readership interested in transatlantic S&T policy matters that has grown in the past few years to a subscriber base of more than 8000.

We look forward very much to yet another year of cooperation and building bridges, and we wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

Warm regards,

Caroline Adenberger