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The 15th ESPCR meeting, held in Münster (Germany) during September 20-23, 2009, has just finished. Markus Böhm, his wife Tanja Böhm, and all the members of his lab and collaborators of the University that contributed to the success of this conference must be commended for a fantastic job, bringing together in a charming univeresity city, more than 200 scientists interested in Pigment Cell Biology. All the delegates will remind with sweet memories their participation in the ESPCR 2009 meeting.
In Münster, there was a change in the Officers of the ESPCR. Most importantly, Lionel Larue (Institut Curie, Orsay, France) took the seat of the President of the Society, following the excellent work developed by Mauro Picardo (San Gallicano Research Institut, Rome, Italy) in the previous three years. The new Secretary is Alain Täïeb and the new Treasurer is Lluís Montoliu. Marie-Dominique Galibert, Rosalie Luiten and Robert Kelsh also joined the ESPCR council.
Finally, in Münster also, the ESPCR was formally refounded, after the official registration of the Society as a not-for-profit International Scientific Association, according to the Belge law. This very important event would have not been possible without the most generous, instrumental and crucial work of Ghanem Ghanem (Univ. Libre Brussels), who systematically followed all the administrative path and eventually managed to achieve this long-awaited goal, namely, the official registration of our Society.
The ESPCR new charter was officially registered in Brussels (Belgium), on June 23, 2009. ESPCR has become a non-for-profit scientific international association, according to the Belgium law. This new ESPCR constitution has been presented to current ESPCR members at the XVth ESPCR 2099 meeting, being held in Münster (Germany), September 20-23, 2009 and organised by Markus Böhm.
Today, June 23rd, 2009, the new ESPCR constitution has been registered in Belgium, thanks to the generous and dedicated work of Ghanem Ghanem, who acted as the ESPCR delegate before the Belgium Government, and to that of present and previous ESPCR council members, that pepared and reviewed the document eventually filed.
For this historic date, 11 ESPCR Members gathered in Brussels (10 members physically in Brussels: Mauro Picardo, Ghanem Ghanem, Alain Taïeb, Alessandra Napolitano, Jo Lambert, Lionel Larue, Dot Bennett, Lluís Montoliu, Patrick Riley and Stan Pavel, as shown in the attached picture, plus José Carlos García-Borrón, represented by a proxy), before a notary, to approve and register the new ESPCR constitution, in order to become an officially registered non-profit international association, according to the Belgian law of June 27th, 1921, on non-profit organizations, non-profit international associations and foundations.
The registration process is expected to finish by September 2009 when the newly founded ESPCR will receive an official number, as approved international non-profit association, and its corresponding tax identification number (VAT). Additional details will be communicated by ESPCR Officers in due time. The new ESPCR constitution will be presented in Münster, at the ESPCR 2009 meeting.
The 2009 Election process for ESPCR Council Members has been initiated. Four candidates have been nominated to cover three available seats at the ESPCR Council. If you are member of ESPCR you are kindly invited to participate in this Election process by simply visiting the members-only section and following the indications provided to vote. Thanks for your participation!