Just as he appreciated the importance of cooperativity in biology, Hartmut also valued cooperation in the pursuit of his science. With his great curiosity and collegiality, Hartmut started numerous scientific collaborations, often supported by European Union (EU) funds, which extended his impact in the field of carcinogenesis well beyond the work conducted in his own lab.
In 2010, when he turned 65, Hartmut retired from the IMP but he did not retire from his scientific pursuits and convictions. He continued to work on leukemogenesis and cancer metastasis at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna and through his numerous collaborations.
Sadly, Hartmut was not given enough time to fulfill his visions himself. However, he remained committed to his dream of promoting international scientific cooperation and the exploration of new avenues of investigation. With typical foresight he established the “Hartmut and Margrit Beug Foundation for Metastasis Research” during the last months of his life. The goal of this foundation is to allow young scientists to collaborate on new ideas and obtain the preliminary data necessary to further support their research through regular grants.