Prof Gert Aarts obtained his degrees at Utrecht University. After postdoctoral positions at Heidelberg University and Ohio State University, he moved to Swansea University in 2004. He was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2019. At Swansea he has been Head of the Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory group since 2016, Director of AIMLAC, the UKRI
Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Advanced Computing, since 2019, and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Research since 2021. Since January 2021, he is Director of ECT*, the European Centre for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (Trento, Italy).