Arriving at this part of the planet, in San Francisco, has been a thrill. So characteristic for this place is the spaciousness it offers to foster the beautiful emergence of all that is cutting-edge. As I am retiring from a long (two-year) field research trip to India, having the Bay Area as a follow-up destination feels meant-to-be. A stable factor throughout my dance of trotting the globe, my mind is focused on a PhD that I am writing as an employee of the Interdisciplinary Center Leo Apostel at Brussels Free University (Belgium).
"Research on climate change can be effective only if it is accompanied by greater integration [....] We need to break down the boundaries between university departments and funding agencies that cater only to broad disciplines, such as 'sciences' or 'arts'. Integrated science at the international level is certainly the way to go. This is urgent: the planet calls for action now." -Paulo Artaxo