Professor Jim Metson is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Auckland. He is a materials scientist and was founder of the Light Metals Research Centre at the University and a founding member of the MacDiarmid Institute for Materials Science and Nanotechnology.  He has served in a range of national and international roles, most recently as the Chief Science Advisor to New Zealand’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Previously he was the NZ Government representative on the Australian National Science Advisory Committee that oversaw the development of the Australian Synchrotron.