EPSO working groups
EPSO’s strategy is implemented by its members and staff.
Contact us to join our activities:
- Science policy (EPSO, ISE, Plant ETP), members, observers, association relations: Karin Metzlaff
- Office, database, personal membership: Katarina Karkala
- Internal & External publications: Calum MacKichan
- EPSO finances, EU projects: Karim Trabelsi
If you have a general question or in case the person you wish to talk to is not available, please send an email to email@example.com
or call the office at: +32 22 13 62 60
Karin Metzlaff – Executive Director
Karin has been the executive director of EPSO since its creation in 2001. She works with the EPSO members and other partners to promote plant research in the European science policy arena by providing advice and recommendations to politicians at European, multinational and national level. Karin is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ and represents EPSO in the Initiative for Science in Europe, ISE. Karin is responsible for all member, observer and association relations of EPSO.
Before creating EPSO, Karin has been project manager of twelve EU-funded plant research projects for two years. Karin has postdoctoral experience in various areas of plant sciences at the John Innes Centre Norwich (United Kingdom), the Federal Health Office (Germany) and the Martin-Luther University Halle (Germany). She obtained her PhD in plant genetics at the Martin-Luther University Halle.
Katerina - Executive Assistant
Katerina Karkala is responsible for the day-to-day management of the EPSO office. She is the main EPSO contact person for any administration and general queries. You can contact her as well for questions about personal membership. In addition she will support Karin for future joint EPSO-FESPB Conferences.
Katerina joined EPSO in August 2012. Until September 2013 she was the EPSO conference officer, responsible for all non-scientific issues related to the conference.
Katerina holds a professional master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language from Paris X – Nanterre and a master’s degree in Ecumenical Theology from the University of Thessaloniki. She has worked for many years in different Conference Centers as a Study and Conference Leader. She is fluent in Greek, German, French and English.
Calum- Publications Officer
Calum MacKichan is our publications officer. His main responsibilities include writing and editing articles for the bimonthly EPSO e-newsletter as well as for other media and journals. He is also responsible for the management of the EPSO website and social media activities.
He studied Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow, and spent one year on exchange at the University of Queensland in Australia, before moving to France to study microbiology at INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, close to Paris. He is fluent in English and French.
Karim - Financial Officer
Karim Trabelsi is our financial officer. He is responsible for the financial, legal and administrative aspects of our EU projects, the accounting and bookkeeping for EPSO, and for the organisation of our workshops and brainstorms. In addition, he is the financial administrator for the ‘Plants for the Future’ ETP.
Karim is fluent in English and French and holds a Masters degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin.
Prior to working for EPSO, he worked for 3 years at the European Commission as Financial Officer on ICT projects within DG Information Society.