Being a geographer at a German university is a great profession. It’s interesting and the tasks are diverse—research, teaching and administration are all part of the job. I’m currently working on an Indo-German research project, which is a great privilege. Sometimes my work can be challenging, but it’s always exciting and inspiring. Besides generating data, exchanging knowledge with Indian scholars and scientists and learning from them is critical for generating scientific findings. It’s the basis for reaching mutual understanding between scientists from different cultural backgrounds. And this is crucial for achieving the aim of science: to understand today’s world.