María García Martín, graduated in Geography and the Master in Land Planning and Sustainable Local Development, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, obtained her PhD at the Chair for Landscape Management, Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Freiburg in 2019. She previously worked at the Chair of Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural Systems at the Universities of Göttingen and Kassel. Her PhD research focused on “Connecting with landscapes for sustainability. Characteristics of, challenges to, and opportunities for integrated landscape management in Europe”. María García Martín has a close connection with IALE, since she participated in the IALE-Europe PhD course in Copenhagen (2015) and received the IALE-D award 2019 for best PhD dissertation from IALE Germany.