Michael Seery is Professor of Chemistry Education, and until recently he was at the University of Edinburgh, where he was Director of Teaching in the School of Chemistry. He has since joined the Open University. His research interests focus on learning in the laboratory, with a particular focus on laboratory curriculum design. This work has resulted in significant outputs in teaching and assessment of laboratory skills, teaching of experimental design, and approaches for supporting cognitive engagement in laboratory settings. In addition, he is an advocate of practitioner-focussed education research. Michael has maintained significant engagement with the RSC in various guises. He is former Editor in Chief of the RSC journal Chemistry Education Research and Practice, as well as former Chair of the Editorial Board of Education in Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the RSC and was until recently an elected member of the RSC Education Division Council. He has been heavily involved in RSC local sections and interest groups over his career. Michael has a BA (Natural Sciences) and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. His education work has been recognised by numerous awards, and he is a National Teaching Fellow. He is Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the forthcoming Gordon Research Conferences on Chemistry Education Research and Practice. Outside of chemistry, Michael is a keen historian, researching social history in the long eighteenth century. With his partner, Matthew, he enjoys outdoors, gardening, and badminton.