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 Full Professor 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 13 PhD. theses and 26 master dissertations. He published 40 papers (SCOPUS, h-index 12) and made 54 invited presentations and 65 other presentations in congresses. José Brilha was the first editor-in-chief of the Geoheritage journal (Springer) during 2009-2012 and President of the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage (2012-2017). He is member of the Geoheritage Specialist Group (WCPA/IUCN) since 2014 and has also participated in 80 outreach and training actions.