Esther Pacitti is a professor of computer science at University of Montpellier 2 and head of the Zenith team at LIRMM, pursuing research in distributed data management. Previously, she was an assistant professor at University of Nantes (2002-2009) and a member of Atlas INRIA team. She obtained her “Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches” (HDR) degree in 2008 on the topic of data replication on different contexts (data warehouses, clusters and peer-to-peer systems). Since 2004 she has served or is serving as program committee member of major international conferences (VLDB, SIGMOD, CIKM, etc) and has editedand co-authored several books. She has also published a significant amount of technical papers and journalpapers in well known international conferences and journals.