New in Observant this academic year is the English-language column by Australian Alison Edwards, every week on the front page. Also new is our series on the main research topics in the Dutch research agenda. Every week, a different Maastricht researcher will talk about one of these themes. And finally: what’s the most precious or funny thing you brought from home? And who did you have to leave at home? Students and staff members talk about this in the new series Sweet Home Alabama. You can find the English-language articles every week on the front page and pages 4 and 5.