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Farewell to Our Founding Leader and the Start of a New Chapter: Announcing the Departure of PLOS Sustainability and Transformation’s Esteemed Editor-in-Chief

Author: Hannah Harwood, Journal Development Manager, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

The mid-way point of 2024 marks a bittersweet milestone for PLOS Sustainability and Transformation as we say goodbye to our launching Editor-in-Chief, Lian Pin Koh of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Through the launch of the journal and beyond, Dr. Koh collaboratively developed the vision for PLOS Sustainability and Transformation. As evidenced in his launching Editorial and one-year anniversary reflection, he has always understood the importance of a transformative journal within the sustainability space, which uses Open Science as a vehicle to accelerate the impact of research and improve accessibility to key decision makers.

It is difficult to fully articulate our gratitude to Dr. Koh for investing his time to support PLOS Sustainability and Transformation during his three-year tenure as Editor-in-Chief. During this time, and alongside his other responsibilities as Associate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Scientist at NUS, he has played a central role in shaping PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, building this specialized community and providing his unique insight to support this early stage of the journal’s life.

It has been a real privilege to work so closely with Dr. Koh through this role. His work and commitment to furthering the development of innovative solutions to help combat climate change, and demonstrating the far-reaching benefits of Nature-based Solutions, is truly inspiring and we look forward to seeing all that he and his team achieve in the coming years.

As PLOS Sustainability and Transformation moves to its exciting next chapter with a new Editor-in-Chief at the helm, we look to continually evolve as a journal to support the sustainability community as home for boundary-breaking research that reflects the increasing urgency of challenges associated with global change. We remain deeply grateful for Dr. Koh’s leadership during the first few years of PLOS Sustainability and Transformation and wish him well during this next phase of his professional journey.

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