In 2012 the Metabolomics Society established a more formal system for national and regional metabolomics initiatives, interest groups, societies and networks to become an International Affiliate of the Society. A number of groups (http://metabolomicssociety.org/international-affilia tions/benefits-of-affiliation) have taken up the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Affiliation building a bridge of collaboration with the Society. The Society is very proud to have established these relationships extending our network and bringing the Society closer to the researchers and metabolomics friends. At the 11th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society in San Francisco (http://metabolomics2015.org/) we will be holding a meeting of representatives of all present affiliations and will establish an Affiliates Task Group which will build the basis for affiliations to communicate better with each other and share ideas, success stories and also discuss issues of any concern. If any regional metabolomics group is interested to become an affiliate, please contact the president and you are invited to our first face-to-face meeting in June. We aim to inform our community with regular updates of existing affiliations, not only through MetaboNews, but also through our society journal Metabolomics, allowing affiliations to present their missions and activities to the wider community. In this issue three affiliations have provided an update; the French Metabolomics and Fluxomics Network, The Netherlands Metabolomics Centre and the newly established Swiss Metabolomics Society.