Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography where he directs the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society. He previously held senior research positions in two US National Laboratories and has taught at leading US universities. He has served on various US, UK, and international bodies addressing science, technology and the environment, including Britain’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was included in the 2008 Smart List by Wired Magazine as “one of the 15 people the next US President should listen to”.