René Teygeler started his academic career with a study in sociology and social psychology at Utrecht
University. In 1988 he was appointed teacher in bookbinding and graphic techniques at the Amsterdam School of Printing. He completed his education as a book and paper conservator at the State School for Conservators in 1993, and was appointed conservator at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague. He continued his academic training in anthropology at Leiden and Utrecht University, and obtained an honorary degree in 1996. His research projects in preservation concentrated on the tropics in general and non-Western manuscripts in particular. He has studied writing materials from South and Southeast Asia, and was involved in a research project on Indonesian writing materials at Leiden University. In 1997 he started the consultancy firm Paper in Development and has since advised many projects in developing countries on preservation, papermaking, and book production. --- from p. ii of Preservation Science Survey.