Graduated from the University of Granada in 1992, and PhD at the University of Almería (Spain) in 1996. Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Almería from 2012 onwards. Prof. Acién has participated in 15 European projects in addition to 45 National projects and contracts with companies. Regarding publications, he published more than 200 papers in international journals and 15 book chapters, in addition to 15 patents. He is Vice-President of EABA and a member of international societies such as the International Society for Applied Phycology, the Latino American Society for Algal and Environmental Biotechnology, and the Spanish Platform of Biomass (BIOPLAT). He is editor of Algal Research and RELABIAA journals, in addition to a reviewer of international journals. Major contributions to the Biotechnology of the microalgae field are related to the improvement of photobioreactor design, scale-up of production systems, and economic analysis of production processes. (orcid.org/0000-0002-8434-0365, Scopus ID: 55385950700).