Ian Williams is Professor of Physics and currently Director of Education in the School of Mathematics and Physics. He graduated form Queen’s University Belfast with Joint Honours in Applied Mathematics and Physics in 1979 and a PhD in Atomic and Molecular Physics in 1982. After serving a short Research Fellowship at the University of Sussex he was awarded a National Research Council (US) Research Associateship tenured at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, in Pasadena. He was appointed to a New Blood Lectureship at Queen’s University in 1985, to a Readership in 1996 and a Chair in 1999. His main research interests are ultrafast atomic and molecular dynamics in intense laser fields, and electron-ion scattering. Awards include Fellow of the Institute of Physics (1998), Research Associateship from NRC (1984), Senior Research Associateship from NRC (1994). In addition he has served as a Member or Chair on a number of funding body committees and panels (EPSRC, ESF), on learned society committees (IOP) and on a number of organizing and programme committees of international conferences.