I’m at the Vollmar Akademie by Lake Kochel in the Bavarian Alps, just a short train ride beyond the last S-Bahn station south of Munich, for “Studying the Environment – Working Across Disciplines.” The Rachel Carson Center has got a bunch of us together here to hammer out some ideas for inter/trans/disciplinarity in environmental research.
The Akademie is an old but well kept Social Democratic Party retreat house on the shores of this glacial lake. As Carson Center director Christof Mauch described it yesterday, this was originally built in medieval times as the summer residence of local Benedictine monks.
If there’s a more idyllic place to be while the folks at home (in the Northeast U.S.) are suffering another heatwave, I can’t think of it.
Photo by Schlaier