Sad news: our friend and good colleague Denis Maillat passed away on september 7th, in Neuchatel (CH), after a fight against leucemia. Denis was 73 years old.
After his Ph.D. from the University of Neuchatel and post-graduate studies in England and France, he became in 1969 one of the youngest professor in Neuchâtel. Later Denis was elected as "Rector" of his University from 1991 to 1995. He was also the Director of the Institute for Economic and Regional Research.
Co-founder of the GREMI in 1986 (Groupe de Recherche Européen sur les Milieux Innovateurs), Denis was one of the most respected researcher on industrial districts, territorial dynamics, innovative and learning regions. His books and papers in french and english are basic references in this field.
Past-President of ASRDLF (Associations de Science Régionale de Langue Française), he was also active in ERSA and WRSA. He was the organizer of many regional science workshops and meetings, includins the world RSAI one in Lugano.
Always open for discussion, friendly, Denis took always time to share a drink or a lunch, or join colleagues on field trips. Thank you Denis for your smile and your guidance.
You will stay in our memories.