Carlos Pérez García-Pando obtained his PhD in Environmental Eng. from the UPC in 2005. He was then appointed Mineral Dust Group Leader at the recently created Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Thereafter he worked in the US at NOAA/NCEP, IRI, Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space studies. After obtaining an AXA Chair on Sand and Dust Storms, he re-joined BSC as Head of the Atmospheric Composition Group, AXA Professor on Sand and Dust Storms and Ramon y Cajal Fellow in 2016. In 2017, he was awarded by the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering the Agustín de Betancourt y Molina prize for young researchers in recognition for his contributions in the field of environmental risks, and he obtained a ERC Consolidator Grant that started in October 2018. He is Co-I of the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation, one of the only two Earth Ventures-Instrument missions funded by NASA in 2018. He was appointed ICREA Research Professor in Dec. 2019.