Professor Vincent Walsh is a cognitive neuroscientist who has worked extensively with artists and public engagement projects and has taken a special interest in music since 2001 when he organised a McDonnell Pew Music and Brain Symposium in Oxford. Since then he has been scientific advisor to the Southbank on the presentation of Messiaen’s synaesthesia, Scientist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, where he organised the first joint meeting of The Royal Society and The Royal Academy of Music on Creativity and the Brain, and chair of the Medicine and Music symposium at the Royal College of Medicine. He also engages with public projects in the media and his work has featured on Radio 4 (Science Now), BBC1 (The One Show) and print media (eg. featured in New Scientist). As a scientist he has worked broadly on perception and awareness and has published 225 scientific papers on vision, awareness, time perception, music, synaesthesia and technical aspects of brain stimulation. He has supervised 25 PhD students and held grants from the Wellcome Trust, The MRC, The BBSRC, The Royal Society (University Research Fellow 1998-2008), The Leverhulme Trust and the EU. He serves widely on scientific society committees, especially where public interest is at stake: BBSRC Biosciences Panel member; Royal Society Animals in Research Committee member; MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board member.