Pieter Jespers retired at the end of August after over 30 years at the EUI. Jespers joined the Institute in 1979 through a contract with US company IT&T and worked in financial services. His early memories speak of a quite different EUI: “There was only one building – the Badia Fiesolana – so it’s changed completely. There were eight professors then; it has become bigger and bigger.” “In the beginning I was the same age as a number of the researchers – it passed a bit too quickly!” Jespers adds. Although originally from Antwerp, he plans to spend his retirement in Fiesole.