Gerard Kleywegt received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 1991. After 6 months with a California-based software company he moved to the University of Uppsala (Sweden) to do post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Alwyn Jones. He became an independent investigator in 1996 and played a pivotal role in the Swedish Structural Biology Network (SBNet) for more than a decade, first as its coordinator and later as its programme director. He was appointed Professor of Structural Molecular Biology in 2009. In the same year, he moved to Cambridge and joined EMBL-EBI as Head of the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe).