JOSÉ BRILHA was born at Figueira da Foz in 1966. He graduated in Geology (B.Sc.) by the University of Coimbra and concluded his Ph.D. at the universities of Minho (Portugal) and Poitiers (France). He is Associated Professor with Habilitation at the Earth Sciences Department. He has done several academic exchanges in countries such as Brazil, Greece, Morocco, Mexico, Mozambique, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA. He has supervised 8 Ph.D. theses and 23 master dissertations. He published 63 papers and 158 abstracts (h-index 6). José Brilha was the first editor-in-chief of the Geoheritage journal (Springer) during 2009-2012 and he is the President of the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage. He has also participated in 70 outreach and training actions.