Raymond Oliver is a Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He spent 25 years with ICI plc as a company research scientist. For the last five years he was active at the Royal College of Art as Senior Research Fellow and now is a Visiting Professor.

His main activity is at Northumbria University School of Design as Professor in Active and Interactive Materials. Design history has convinced him of the need for multidisciplinary integration where creative designers can work directly alongside scientists & technologists in the same studio/laboratory environment and presently he is engaged in the creation of the P3i Interaction Studio – a postgraduate Design:STEM Interaction Studio Environment at Northumbria University’s London outpost. Its objective is the design of products, services and experiences to enhance future ways of living through the interaction of biology, electronics and polymers.