Born in Liverpool, England, in 1970. He studied pure & applied physics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and graduated in 1992. He received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics (theoretical fusion physics) in 1996 from the Mathematics Institute of Saint Andrews University, Scotland. He has 15 years postgraduate research experience in the fields of remote sensing, atmospheric physics, space physics, astrophysics and open science in the UK, Spain & Greece. He is currently a member of the European Geosciences Union and a Researcher at the University of Reading working for the Horizon 2020 FIDUCEO project (http://www.fiduceo.eu/).