Marco Painho is currently Fulll Professor of NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS). Coordinates the Master of Science Program in Geospatial Technologies (Eramus Mundus) and the Master in Geographic Information Systems and Science. Research interests include Geographic Information Systems, Natural resource Information Systems, Information Integration, Crowed Sourced Geospatial Information, Spatial Analysis, GIS Education and Information Infrastructures. He holds a Bachelor degree in environmental Engineering by the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, a Master of Regional Planning (MRP) by the University of Massachussetts, a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (Ph.D.) by the University of California and Habillitation Geographic Information Systems by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He was NOVA IMS'Director between 2000 and 2010. He is the author and editor of over 200 publications including books, boks chapters, papers and articles in national and international conference proceedings. Has coordinated over 100 research and develpment, consulting and international cooperation projects. Has had the following duties: Member of the scientific Committee of the European Environmental Agency Portuguese representative of the Thematic cooperation group: Earth Monitoring and Observation(IV Framework Program - environment and cliamte) Member of the Management Board and Steering Committee of the european Topic Centre for Nature Conservation, Paris.