|I have grown up in Hall
in Tirol, a stunningly beautiful place in the heart of the
mountains. It is a place shaped by history and geography. To
say that I love the mountains there is an understatement - I
have become literally addicted to them. So first I feel Tyrolian, then European, and then Austrian.
Until quite recently, I would have had no hesitation to first say "mountaineering and traveling", and then - after a short hesitation - add "mountainbiking, photography, cross-country skiing, reading, and movies". But things have changed, the mountains becoming more and more of a mirage and a memory. I still can do most things that I want. But the price has gotten much higher.
This leaves mountainbiking, photography, cross-country skiing, reading, and movies. See what that's like, or read more about my
experiences in the mountains, and the climbing accident that
changed my life.)
|The last big influence on my life has been science.The world
(and the universe) is a fascinating place, and I have come to
appreciate its beauty by studying it. As time moves on, I have
become more and more keen to also use the knowledge I have gained
in order to help other people. (More about my scientific work
and interests on my professional