On Novem­ber 22, 2013 a group of inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized sci­en­tists con­tributed to a “Farewell Sym­po­sium” orga­nized in hon­our of Vic Small by Kle­mens Rot­tner (Bonn Uni­ver­sity), Michael Sixt (IST Aus­tria, Klosterneuburg) and IMBA (Vienna).

Over 100 peo­ple attended the sci­en­tific sym­po­sium and the evening recep­tion and din­ner. The sci­en­tific direc­tors of IMBA (Josef Pen­ninger) and IMP (Jan-Michael Peters) gave sep­a­rate lau­da­tios and pre­sented Vic with a tele­scope and a clas­sic travel trea­tise to keep him busy at night. A large cake, beau­ti­fully embossed with both a tele­scope and a micro­scope was spe­cially made for the occa­sion.

On the fol­low­ing day, Guenter Resch orga­nized a guided tour of the Ura­nia Obser­va­tory fol­lowed by lunch at a Vien­nese Restau­rant for Vic and his wife Michaela, together with a large col­lec­tion of Alumni from Vic’s labs in Salzburg and Vienna. Vic and his wife were treated with vouch­ers for a spa week­end to ease the tran­si­tion into the retire­ment phase.


Video by Rob Cross


Pho­tographs by Denise Langer and Hans-Christian Theußl