Oscar Vicente was born in 1956, in Madrid (Spain), where he graduated in Biochemistry in 1976 and obtained his PhD in Sciences in 1983. After a three-year postdoctoral period at the Friedich-Miescher Institut, in Basel (Switzerland), in 1988 he moved to the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna (Austria), where he established and led a research group working on different aspects of plant reproductive biology and its biotechnological applications, and on the molecular characterization of pollen allergens and plant MAP kinases. As Assistant Professor, from 1991 to 1996, he was responsible for several courses of Experimental Genetics taught at the Faculty of Sciences. Oscar Vicente returned to Spain in 1996, to join the faculty of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he is at present Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biotechnology, teaching different subjects in this area to students of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering. His research interest focuses on the study of plant responses to abiotic stress and stress tolerance mechanisms. Oscar Vicente has published about 100 ISI-indexed scientific papers, many of them in top journals, such as Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, Frontiers in Plant Science or PLoS ONE. Oscar Vicente is Secretary General and coordinator for Spain of the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA). He was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by USAMV Cluj-Napoca in 2017.