Andreas Walther is a Professor for Functional Polymers at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg (Germany). His research interests concentrate on developing and understanding hierarchical self-assembly concepts inside and outside equilibrium, and on using them to create active, adaptive and autonomous bioinspired material systems. He graduated from Bayreuth University in Germany in 2008 with a Ph.D. focusing on the self-assembly behavior and applications of Janus particles and other soft, complex colloids. After a postdoctoral stay with a focus on biomimetic hybrid materials at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), he returned to Germany in 2011, and established his independent research group at the DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen. In 2016 he was appointed to his present position in Freiburg. A. Walther has published close to 130 papers (h-index 49) and has recently been awarded the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award (for Materials), the Reimund Stadler Young Investigator Award of the German Chemical Society, a BMBF NanoMatFutur Research Group, and an ERC Starting Grant. He is a senior fellow of the Freiburg and Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies.