Steven Spoel is a Professor of Cell Signalling and Proteostasis at the University of Edinburgh as well as Head of the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences. His research aims to improve plant health in an ever-changing environment. This is vital for the sustainable future of agriculture and for establishing food security for a growing global population. His current focus is to understand how dynamic changes in the epiproteome, representing the chemical modifications that control activities of cellular proteins and enzymes, enables plants to launch effective immune responses. Steven is also passionate about linking frontier science with industrial research and innovation.