Remco van der Hofstad received his PhD at the University of Utrecht in 1997, under the supervision of Frank den Hollander and Richard Gill. Since then, he worked at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and Delft University of Technology. He is currently full professor in probability at Eindhoven University of Technology. Further, he is jointly with Frank den Hollander responsible for the ‘Random Spatial Structures’ Program at EURANDOM. Remco received the Prix Henri Poincaré 2003 jointly with Gordon Slade, the Rollo Davidson Prize 2007, and is a laureate of the ‘Innovative Research VIDI Scheme’ 2003 and ‘Innovative Research VICI Scheme’ 2008.