Ana Pires is graduated (BEng) in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering from School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto (Portugal). She has also a post-graduation on GIS at University of Porto and a Master Engineering degree (Geotechnics) at University of Aveiro (UA). She has an European Doctorate , entitled: "Integrated geoengineering approaches for maritime coastal environments" PhD in Geosciences (Geological Ressources and Geomaterials Area), from the University of Aveiro and Porto. She has worked as a researcher at the Centre GeoBioTec|UA and the Laboratory of Cartography and Applied Geology|ISEP. In the last years, published several proceedings/articles in national and/or international journals, such as, Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, Journal of Coastal Research, Environmental Earth Sciences, Continental Shelf Research, Maritime Engineering, Marine Georesources & Geotechnology as well as oral communications on numerous international conferences. The research interests tend to be focused mainly around the following themes: Coastal Engineering, Geomaterials, Applied Cartography and GIS applications to Geosciences and Integrated Coastal Zones Management and Rock Geoengineering Techniques. Presently she is a Researcher at the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems|CRAS in INESCTEC, involved in several projects related with sea mining/marine mining. She is also a Science and Technology Management Fellowship [BGCT] at ISEP|School of Engineering under the framework of EMSO-PT Project.