It is with great sadness that I inform the ISCRAM Community that mr. Paul Govaerts, director-general of SCK-CEN, has passed away. Paul was not only a personal friend and a wise mentor in my research career, but he has also always been a strong supporter of ISCRAM. For the ISCRAM2004 and ISCRAM2005 meetings, Benny and I always knew we could count on him when we needed his help or advise. He made time in his busy schedule to personally open the ISCRAM meetings in 2004 and 2005, and for instance, the magnificent location of the ISCRAM2005 conference in the Palace of Arts and Sciences in Brussels could not have been obtained without his active help.
Paul was known as a modest, warm and humane man with vast knowledge, receptive to dialogue, and always respectful toward his conversation partners from all over the world. We will miss him.