Hugues Chaté is a senior scientist at the CEA-Saclay, France. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 from Université Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris. After a short postdoctoral stay at Bell Laboratories, he joined the condensed matter physics department in Saclay. His research covers a wide range of topics ranging from nonlinear dynamics to statistical physics and critical phenomena to active matter. He was recently the leader of the Advanced Study Group “Statistical Physics of Collective Motion” at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany. He served on the board of Physical Review E and is currently a Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters.