Professor Andrew Coates gained a BSc in Physics from UMIST in 1978, and MSc (1979) and D.Phil. (1982) in plasma physics from Oxford University. He has been at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) since 1982, with temporary positions at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Physics (Germany), University of Delaware (USA) and BBC World service (media fellowship). He is Deputy Director (solar system) at UCL-MSSL. He is PI of the Rosalind Franklin (ExoMars 2022) PanCam team. He was involved in Cassini, Venus Express, Mars Express and Giotto. Scientific interests include the solar wind interaction with planets and planetary surfaces. He is interested in Mars surface-atmosphere interactions.