As an adolescent I felt strongly attracted towards philosophical issues. Questions like – What is life? What is a human? What is consciousness? – have been and still are at the centre of my research. After medical school at Vienna University, I worked in hospitals in several countries. A cornerstone of my evolution was triggered by my work in Central African Republic. The intercultural setting gave me deep insight into the roots of poverty. The opportunity to have lived in a traditional, as well as in a multicultural setting turned out to be extremely inspiring. I’d say open-minded research is the tool to progress with regards to any future challenge on the planet. Despite tremendous achievements in newtonian cartesian dominated life sciences, I am convinced we urgently need a post-cartesian understanding of living systems in order to find human and sustainable solutions in health care.