In an effort to streamline its administration, SPPS has reorganised itself. Previously, the office secretary was located in the country holding the presidency (presently Finland), but a new and permanent office has now been established in the Swedish city of Lund. As a consequence, Jarmo Juuti from Helsinki University is no longer secretary, but has been replaced by Maria Lundmark. Maria holds a PhD in molecular plant physiology from Umeå University and got a post doc position in Copenhagen afterwards. She started her new position 1st May, but will not be fully up and running until after the General Assembly in Stockholm this summer.
“I am to run the SPPS office which involves taking care of all everyday tasks. I will do the book keeping, manage the membership list, manage the homepage and also be of general assistance to the council and society,” Maria says and continues that she really enjoys it so far. The society secretary position is only a 50% position, but Maria also has another 50% position as journal assistant at the Physiologia Plantarum editorial office. It is conveniently (and deliberately) located at the same place, and here Maria enjoys the company of her two new colleagues: Senior technical editor Karin Fredriksson and managing editor Leif Nord.