EMBRC-France is pleased to welcome Gemma Gimenez-Papiol, who has accepted the position of Executive Director of the EMBRC-France research Infrastructure. Gemma took office in early September. She holds a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Barcelona. Her thesis focused on the intensive production of denti fish larva, or Dentex dentex, a new species used for Mediterranean fish production. She has pursued her career through postdoctoral fellowships ranging from shellfish and crustacean sanitation to environmental toxicity and aquatic ecotoxicology and to harmful algae and marine toxins. Prior to joining EMBRC-France, Gemma was Coordinator of the Aquaculture and Fishery Resources Group at the Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Research Center in Sardinia.