In the final days of 2011 my dear coach Hans F. van Aalst passed away. Hans’ inspiration and dedication are embedded in my research trajectory. He helped me to learn. He helped me trusting my instincts.

I still remember the moment we met: a tall friendly looking guy, sipping at a glass of red wine at a congress about self-organisation. I walked up to him and we started talking. From that moment on he was a guiding light. We regularly enjoyed lunch in Bunnik, mostly accompanied by sturdy questions from his side.Thank you Hans for balancing the pulling and the pushing.

My condolence to family and relatives.

In memory of my coach, Hans F. van Aalst, † 30 december 2011.


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