Martin Freer is head of physics and astronomy at the University of Birmingham, director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and former director of the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research at the University of Birmingham. In 2015 he co-led the Birmingham Energy Institute Commission, chaired by Lord Teverson, examining Doing Cold Smarter, and in 2012 he led the Policy Commission, chaired by Lord Hunt, on the Future of Nuclear Energy in the UK. His main research area is the study of the structure of light nuclei, using nuclear reactions. This research is performed at international facilities worldwide. In addition, he is actively engaged in promoting research and educational programmes to support the UK’s investment in nuclear power generation. He received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize, Humboldt Foundation, Germany in 2004 and the IOP’s Rutherford Medal in 2010.