Annette E. Götz received her MSc (1992) and a PhD (1995) in carbonate sedimentology and micropalaeontology from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. She continued postdoctoral research in Darmstadt till 2001. From 2002 till 2007 she was appointed as Assistant Professor at Halle University, Germany and from 2007 till 2011 as Associate Professor at TU Darmstadt, focussing on energy-related research with special emphasis on geothermal energy. From 2007 till 2008 she also held the position as managing director of the TU Darmstadt Energy Center and served as referee for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Germany from 2009 till 2010. She left Germany in 2011 and worked as Associate Professor in Sedimentology and Palaeontology at Rhodes University, South Africa and then became head of the Geology Department at the University of Pretoria as Full Professor of Sedimentology and Energy Resources. Since 2015 she holds the position as Chair of Geology at Keele University, UK. Her research focus is on coal and hydrocarbon exploration – conventional and unconventional resources of sedimentary basins in Europe, China, the Middle East, Mexico, Australia, Nigeria, Sudan and southern Africa.