Duncan Cameron is a University Research Fellow and Professor of Plant and Soil Biology based at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. His research focuses on the evolution and physiology of symbioses between plant roots and soil micro-organisms, using a combination of biochemistry and molecular biology to understand how plants and microbes communicate with each other and exchange resources in symbioses. He is particularly interested in the ways in which soil microbes might be used to help make agricultural ecosystems more sustainable. Duncan’s wide-reaching research has led him to connect with scientists from across the globe, and in 2013 he co-chaired the Royal Society’s Frontiers of Science meeting with the Chinese Academy in Beijing. In addition to his academic research, Duncan is Director of the University of Sheffield’s Centre of Excellence for Translational Plant and Soil Biology, where he and his team are working to apply advances in fundamental science to real world agricultural problems. He received a “Young Scientist Award” from the World Economic Forum for his translational biology research in agriculture.