Alistair Borthwick has 40 years’ engineering in civil engineering, and was a member of the design team of the Hutton Tension Leg Platform (the world’s first vertically moored, floating oil platform for deep water applications) which won the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement in 1984. He is Professor of Applied Hydrodynamics at The University of Edinburgh, an Emeritus Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and holds honorary professorships at Peking University, NUI Galway, Wuhan University, China University of Geosciences, University College Cork, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was previously Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, where he worked for 21 years from 1990-2011. He was Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University College Cork from 2011-13, where he was the Founding Director of the SFI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland. Prof. Borthwick’s research interests include environmental fluid mechanics, coastal and offshore processes, and marine renewable energy. Prof. Borthwick was awarded the title of Dr honoris causa by Budapest Műegyetem for contributions to Civil Engineering in 2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.