It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear colleague and friend, Franz Trautmann.
Franz Trautmann was an internationally renowned and respected expert in national and international drug policy. He served as the Head of the Unit of International Affairs at the Trimbos Institute for 15 years and he made substantial contributions in international drug policy as a senior researcher and advisor. Throughout his career, Franz Trautmann has developed, coordinated and executed an extensive range of international projects focused on drug demand reduction through prevention, treatment and harm reduction approaches. Franz Trautmann was well known for his policy analyses and evaluations for various governments and international organisations as well as for his research on Rapid Assessment and Response. He has influenced many stakeholders in his training seminars worldwide on important topics in the field of drug policy and HIV prevention. His most recent projects included the Central Asia Drug Action Programme (European Commission), HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support in Prison Settings in Sub-Saharan Africa (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and a study on Global Illicit Drug Markets (European Commission).
Franz Trautmann was a charismatic and a dedicated expert, who will be remembered as a jovial, energetic colleague with a unique sense of humour. Franz will be sorely missed by his colleagues and peers in both the Netherlands and throughout his international network.