Coming from a strong farming background, Dr Chico-Santamarta has her first degree in Agricultural Engineering (Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain). She continued her education focussing in irrigation by completing an MSc in Water Management at Cranfield University and then into the renewable energy sector by completing a PhD project entitled ‘An Evaluation of the Production and Combustion of Fuel Pellets from Oilseed Rape (Brassica Napus L.) Straw’ at Harper Adams University College. Due to the broad nature of her educational background, she has been exposed to a wide variety of projects in agriculture and bioenergy covering the social, engineering, economic and environmental side of them . After finishing her PostDoctoral at Harper Adams University about the LifeCycle Assessment of agricultural residues used for energy, she stated working as a Lecturer in Sustainable Technologies. Her key areas of teaching and research are based on sustainable development, lifecycle assessment of renewable energies, biomass combustion, pyrolisis and anaerobic digestion. Today, she is the Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Partnerships at Harper Adams University (United Kingdom).