At the end of 2011, Georg Kelm, one of our most experienced colleagues, retired. Before he left we asked him some (difficult) questions: How he sees the future of nanoelectronics in Europe? Which are the main topics Europe should focus on? What would be a good way forward for the former communist Eastern European countries to get fully on board on nanotechnology and nanoelectronics? What are the main challenges/decisions to be taken on 450mm? What advice would he give to his former colleagues.... To the last question, Georg was very clear and adamant: we should always maintain good contact with the research community, industry and the other stakeholders, because "this is not only to the benefit of the projects but also to our strategic thinking." Check the rest of the interview