Eleni Barbopoulou is an Agronomist with a degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a postgraduate MSc from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAICh). She is currently employed in Chania, Crete, at the Food Technology Laboratory of the Olive Tree & Viticulture Institute (IELYA), which is part of the state-run Elgo-Dimitra national research network. As quality manager she is in charge of implementing ISO 17025 standards in olive oil tastings and is head analyst for chemical tests. She is technical manager and panel leader of the state-accredited local Organoleptic Assessment Panel of EVOO, also recognized by the International Olive Council. She has participated in many research projects on irrigation, phytopathology and olive oil and has co-authored several scientific publications. Ms Barbopoulou has attended olive oil tasting courses organized by the International Olive Council in Madrid and has judged in national and international EVOO competitions.