Oscar Vicente was born in 1956, in Madrid (Spain), where he graduated in Biochemistry in 1976 and obtained his PhD in Sciences in 1983. After a three-year postdoctoral period at the Friedich-Miescher Institut, in Basel (Switzerland),
in 1988 he moved to the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna (Austria), where he established and led a research group working on different aspects of plant reproductive biology and its biotechnological applications, and on the molecular characterization of pollen allergens and plant MAP kinases. As Assistant Professor, from 1991 to 1996, he was responsible for several courses of Experimental Genetics taught at the Faculty of Sciences. Oscar Vicente returned to Spain in 1996, to join the faculty of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he is at present Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biotechnology. He has been responsible of teaching different courses in this area to undergraduate and Master students of Biotechnology, Agronomic Engineering, Food Science and Technology and Biomedical Engineering. He has also supervised a large number of Bachelor, Master and PhD Theses, as well as the work of many Erasmus students and visiting scientists. His research interest focuses on the study of plant responses to abiotic stress and stress tolerance mechanisms. Oscar Vicente has published over 100 ISI-indexed scientific papers, many of them in top journals, such as Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, Frontiers in Plant Science or PLoS ONE, among others. Oscar Vicente is Vice-president and coordinator for Spain of the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA). In 2017, he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa degree by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca (Romania).