Professor Michael Shaver, FRSC, is currently Professor of Polymer Science at the University of Manchester in the School of Materials. Following a PhD in his native Canada from the University of British Columbia and an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College London, he began his independent research career at the University of Prince Edward Island (don’t worry, no one’s heard of it) before being recruited to Scotland in 2012. He leads the Green Materials Laboratory on the development of biodegradable materials as a complement to petroleum-derived plastics, accessing renewable, degradable and non-toxic materials for biomedical, materials and commodity plastics applications. His work ranges from fundamental projects rooted in monomer design to working with key industrial partners in medical diagnostics, water purification and composites (e.g. Samsung, GSK, Industrial Chemicals, Superglass) to develop sustainable and functional materials. He was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Green Materials (2012-2017) before his current role as Editor of the European Polymer Journal (2018). He has been recognised with >60 invited/plenary lectures, the MacroGroup Young Polymer Scientist award (2015), Young Academy of Scotland (2014-2018), Fellowship in the Royal Society of Chemistry (2018), Chancellor’s Fellowship (2012-2017), and two Canada Foundation for Innovation Leadership Awards (2010, 2012).