Spring has begun, we have left behind the cold of winter and the clock is now set to Central European Summer Time. As days get longer and temperatures gradually rise, it is wonderful to walk by the blossoming apricot trees. During a lockdown in Austria, in which leaving home for physical activity or a walk for mental health is allowed, these moments of bliss are very precious. With fruit trees and flowers in bloom, nature invites us to new beginnings.
These are very exciting times for new Austrian Fulbright students in the 2021–22 cohort. They are receiving their decision letters from US universities and make their exciting plans for the next program year. Our Austrian FLTAs are starting to make contact with their host institutions and learning about what awaits them on campus. The incoming USTAs are starting to receive acceptance letters and to discover where in Austria they’ve been placed. Our US students and scholars have started their research and teaching activities here in Austria. It is impressive to see that their dedication goes far beyond research and teaching as they share their expertise with the Austrian community in so many different ways, including public lectures. We have had the pleasure of promoting the Fulbright lecture given by Nicholas Cullather at the Diplomatic Academy and are looking forward to Margret Kusenbach's lecture at the University of Vienna, Catie Welsh's lecture at the University of Innsbruck, and William Keeton's lecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Follow our announcements on our social-media channels and our website for further opportunities to interact with our US scholars in Austria.