Maria José Umbelino Ferreira, Full Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of  Universidade de Lisboa, has been appointed President of the Phytochemical Society of Europe for a period of two years, after which she will assume the position of Vice-President of this Society.

The knowledge of plants is important for understanding how they interact with the environment and for developing their use for the benefit of humanity. The Phytochemical Society of Europe, founded in 1957, has a mission to promote Phytochemistry as an interdisciplinary science throughout Europe. In this regard, the Society organizes two or three symposia per year. To encourage interdisciplinary contact, some of these symposia are held in conjunction with other Societies