Letter from the Editor

bridges vol. 32, December 2011 / Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader,                                   

Another year’s end is quickly approaching, and we can look back on our 8th year of publishing bridges. More than 30 scientists, policy makers, and other experts in the international STI arena have offered their time and knowledge again in 2011, 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.”

Just last week, on December 8, 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: While the 17th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Durban, South Africa, bridges guest contributor Gernot Wagner, an Austrian-born environmental economist with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), 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. Wagner’s presentation was based on his recently published book But will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World. 

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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 staff as well as the previously mentioned guest 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 8500. We look forward very much to yet another year of transatlantic cooperation and building bridges, and we wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

Warm regards,

Caroline Adenberger