Andrea Damascelli, Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in the Electronic Structure of Quantum Materials, is Scientific Director of the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI) at UBC and Co-Director of the Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Centre for Quantum Materials. Damascelli works in one of the most advanced areas of condensed matter physics: quantum materials. His work has gained global recognition and helped make Canada a leader in the field of photoelectron spectroscopy — a highly sophisticated technique that images the energy and velocity of electrons propagating inside a material. As a physicist, he has always been passionate about the arts and humanities, and has long looked for creative ways to bring the disciplines together. Ars Scientia is an important step towards this vision.