MESA, the MacDiarmid institute’s student and postdoc representative branch, is now already entering its second year. This brings about some changes in our committee: we thank Dr. Natalie Planck, Dr. Franck Natali and Keoni Mahelona for their fantastic contributions during MESA’s inaugural year, and wish them the best of luck with their future endeavours. The rest of the team remains in place for 2012, and are joined by 5 new committee members: Dr. Nadia Grillet (U. Canterbury), Jack Grigg (U. Canterbury), Alex Barker (Victoria U.), Moritz Banholzer (Victoria U.) and Nessha Wise (Massey U.). We’re very excited about this expansion of our team and its broad representation across many of NZ’s universities, and look forward to another great year.