Juan A. Fernández is Vegetable Crops Professor at the Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT). Agricultural Engineering from the Technical University of Valencia, he enjoyed 2 PhD grants at the Regional Center for Agricultural Research of the Region of Murcia and a doctorate in Agricultural Engineering in 1995 at the University of Murcia. From the beginning of his scientific career, he has been working on the introduction and development of techniques for the production of new horticultural and ornamental species. In recent years, he has focused his research activities on the hydroponic cultivation of baby leaf vegetables in floating system and on the molecular characterization of neglected crops. The scientific-technical objectives in the medium / long term are aimed at investigating other methodologies for the production of baby leaf vegetables and the recovery of plant genetic resources. His research work is notable for his numerous publications, with more than 130 articles in journals indexed in the SCOPUS database, and for his work as a book editor (four international issues of congresses), a book of a national congress and a book that compiles the results of an European project). He also presents a great activity in participation in invited conferences and lectures. It also noted his large participation in research projects and/or research contracts, with more than 30 in the last 10 years. Within this activity, it must be highlighted the coordination of several projects of the National Plan and public calls from the Region of Murcia, the coordination in the UPCT of three European projects, 2 integrated actions of the MEC Spain -Italy and the management of 12 research contracts with companies or public organizations. In addition, he has belonged to the editorial board of the Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research and the Italian Journal of Agronomy and is currently an Editorial Board member of the Frontiers in Plant Science, Agronomy and Horticulturae journals, and the lead Guest Editor in several open Special Issues. He has organized four prestigious international congresses under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). He has also been a reviewer of numerous JCR articles. He has supervised six doctoral thesis and numerous final projects and master's degree projects. He has been characterized by its continuous transfer of knowledge to the productive sector, coauthoring the various books and publications. He has also completed four stays as a visiting professor in research centers of recognized international prestige. He has been Chairman of the Working Groups of the ISHS "Protected Cultivation in Mild Winter Climates " (from 2012 to 2019) and "Nettings in Horticulture" (from 2015 to 2019). Finally, he has been President of the Ornamentals Group of the Spanish Society of Horticultural Sciences from April 1999 to May 2003 and is currently 2nd Vice President of the above-mentioned society and the Researcher in charge of the R & D Group of the UPCT, Hortofloricultura Mediterránea " (since January 2004).