Laco Mucina, born on in then Czechoslovakia (today Slovakia) received his education and was awarded scientific degrees and pedagogical qualifications in Slovakia and at the Technical University Berlin (Germany). He served as professor at universities on so far four continents ― in Austria, Italy, Sweden, Kuwait and South Africa. In 2013 he was appointed the Iluka Chair in Vegetation Science and Biogeography at The University of Western Australia. Laco served in number of universities on four continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia), published 400 scientific papers and 26 books, served as editor of several international scientific journals. His global scientific interests span descriptive vegetation science (especially vegetation surveys, classification and mapping), biodiversity science, biosystematics, molecular phylogeny, evolutionary biology, biogeography, environmental management, plant community restoration, and conservation biology. His major scientific contributions involve the development of the habitat system of the European Union, classification of the indigenous forests of South Africa, and vegetation map South Africa – all not only authoritative scientific sources and also important tools of environmental legislature in Europe and South Africa.