Prof. Echavarren obtained his PhD at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in 1982 with Francisco Fariña and, after a postdoctoral stay in Boston College with T. Ross Kelly, he joined the UAM as an Assistant Professor. Then, following a stay as a NATO-fellow in the group of John K. Stille at Colorado State University, he moved to the Institute of Organic Chemistry (CSIC). In 1992, he returned to the UAM as a Professor of Organic Chemistry and in 2004 he moved to the Institute of Chemical of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona as a Group Leader. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was the president of the 49th EUCHEM Conference on Stereochemistry (Bürgenstock conference). He received the Gold Medal of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the ACS and a European Research Council Advanced Grant.