Magne O. Sydnes was born in Oslo, Norway in 1973. He received his MSc degree in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Oslo in 1998. After a short stint in industry he commenced his PhD studies in 2001 at the Australian National University, Canberra, under the guidance of Professor Banwell. Since earning his PhD in 2004 he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow both in Australia and Japan, including two years as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow in Professor Isobe’s group at Nagoya University, Japan. In 2009 he joined International Research Institute of Stavanger, Norway, as a researcher. Since December 2011 he has been at University of Stavanger, Norway. Research interests include; natural product synthesis, medicinal chemistry, catalysis, chemical biology, analytical chemistry, and environmental chemistry.