Dr. Pierre-Marie Poulain obtained his Ph. D in Oceanography from the University of California San Diego in 1989. After a postdoc at the University of Miami, he worked as a physical oceanographer for a NATO research laboratory, for the Naval Postgraduate School and finally for an Italian state-funded research institute (OGS). Since his graduate studies Dr. Poulain’s research activities have been focused on the monitoring of ocean circulation and water mass properties using mobile autonomous instruments, such as drifter, profiling floats and gliders. He has published the results on his studies on ocean dynamics in more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. At OGS, Dr. Poulain is coordinating the drifter and profiling float programs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea in order to guarantee an efficient and sustained observational array based on freely-drifting instruments. Dr. Poulain is an operational partner of the Global Drifter Program since its infancy in the late 1980’s. Dr. Poulain was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Euro-Argo research infrastructure, an important member to the international Argo program.