Simon Redfern is Professor of Mineral Physics at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the behaviour of minerals and aqueous fluids at high temperatures and pressures. He has previously led large research projects investigating the fate of radionuclides in minerals and in the environment, within the context of searching for methods for high level radioactive waste disposal. He studied Mineral Sciences at the University of Cambridge, obtaining a BA and PhD. Since then he has published more than 200 research papers in the peer reviewed scientific literature and mentored dozens of postgraduate students to their own PhDs. He currently serves as a member of the Science Board of the Natural Environment Research Council and formerly filled a similar role on the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, with particular oversight of national neutron research facilities for environmental science.