This issue of the European Journal of Mineralogy is a Festschrift to celebrate the exceptional scientific and educational carrier of Professor Thomas Armbruster on the occasion of his retirement from the University of Bern, Switzerland. The issue collects papers written by his friends and colleagues, who wanted to honour Thomas’ achievements and to acknowledge his influence upon them in both scientific and human perspectives.

Thomas Armbruster was born in 1950 in Baden-Baden, studied at the University of Mainz and obtained his PhD at the Ruhr-University Bochum in 1977. That very same year he married Gabi Armbruster and the couple...

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