Sergei K. Turitsyn graduated from the Department of Physics of the Novosibirsk University, in 1982 and received his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia in 1986. In 1992 he moved to Germany, first, as a Humboldt Fellow and then working in the collaborative projects with Deutsche Telekom. Currently, he is a director of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies. He was a Principal Investigator in 52 national and international, research and industrial projects. Sergei was the recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2005. In 2011 he was awarded the European Research Council Advanced Grant. In 2014 he received Lebedev medal by the Rozhdestvensky Optical Society and in 2016 Aston 50th Anniversary Chair medal. He is a Fellow of The Optical Society and the Institute of Physics.