Christopher Barner-Kowollik, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, received a PhD in Physical Chemistry (Göttingen University). After postdoctoral research and academic positions at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, he was appointed Full Professor of Polymer Chemistry as an ARC Professorial Fellow in 2006. From 2008 to 2017 he held the chair for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and is currently Professor of Materials Science at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with an adjunct appointment at the KIT. His research interests include macromolecular precision design in solution and on surfaces via rapid and wavelength-orthogonal light-induced methodologies, advanced functional photoresists for 3D laser lithography, biomimetic materials, the design of hybrid and adaptive polymer materials at the interface of polymer chemistry and (bio)materials science, advanced macromolecular characterization via high resolution hyphenated mass spectrometric techniques and mechanistic investigations into photochemical processes. Prof. Barner-Kowollik has delivered over 200 keynote and plenary lectures, published over 600 peer reviewed papers and received numerous awards for this work, most recently the Erwin-Schrödinger Award of the Helmholtz Association for his work on 3D printing for biological applications. He is member of several editorial boards and editor-in-chief of the journal Polymer Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry).