Stephan Mantel has been working for Isric for 18 years, during which he has moved four times.
Mantel has mixed feelings about all these moves. ‘Duivendaal might have been old but it was well suited to our needs. As far as buildings go I would rather be in Duivendaal.' Mantel thinks there is less room in Gaia. But there are compensations. ‘At least we are now are on campus. Here, we are part of the whole complex of research and teaching. Isric will become better known once the new building with the museum is finished. That can be the institute's calling card, the Isric magnet.'