Bernd J. Winter was born in 1959 in Babelsberg, Germany, and grew up in West Berlin. He studied physics at the Free University Berlin, and at Philipps University in Marburg. In 1985 he obtained his diploma for experimental work on optical properties of metal clusters at the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin under the late Prof. H. Gerischer. In the same group, he obtained his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1988, with a thesis focusing on the Coulomb explosion of metal clusters. Bernd Winter spent the following two years (1989-1991) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) near Chicago, continuing his work with clusters, including chemical reactions and structure investigations under the direction of the late S.J. Riley. He then returned to Germany, where he spend the next three years in Garching (1991-1994) at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), joining the group of Prof. J. Küppers, where he developed an interest in the fundamental interactions of hydrocarbons adsorbed on single crystal metals with atomic thermal hydrogen. Afterwards he returned to Berlin, where he is a staff research scientist at the Max Born Institute (MBI) for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, in the group of Prof. I.V. Hertel. He has been working on the combination of short pulse lasers with VUV synchrotron radiation pulses (at BESSY) for the study of dynamical processes in condensed matter. Systems have included fullerene thin films, adsorbed organic molecules (for light emitting devices), and aqueous liquid solutions. His current research focuses on the electronic structure of the surface and bulk of liquid water, aqueous salt, acid and base solutions, and lately biological relevant aqueous molecules. Future developments include dynamical studies, implementing time-resolved photoemission from aqueous solutions using, for instance, femtosecond laser pulses.