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Professor John Wood
Professor John Wood CBE, FREng is the chair of the ATTRACT advisory board based at CERN in Geneva and including five other European laboratories seeking to develop future technologies. He is a visiting professor of materials at Imperial College London, University College London, Brunel University London and Liverpool Hope University. He has held several academic posts at the Open University, Nottingham University and Imperial College. From 2001‐2007 he was appointed chief executive of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils in the UK. During this period he was a visiting professor at Oxford and a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. His last full time post was as Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
He is a non‐executive director of Bio‐Nano Consulting. He was a founder member of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures and became chair in 2004 where he was responsible for producing the first European Roadmap. He became the first chair of the European Research Area Board in 2008-11. He was responsible for the international negotiations setting up the Global Research Data Alliance and was appointed one of the two co-chairs from the start. He represents the Alliance on the Open Science Policy Platform.
He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1999 and made a Commander of the British Empire in 2007 for "services to science," In 2010 he was made an "Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany."
He remains an adviser to several governments and the European Commission on international science policy and research infrastructures. He also is advising several UK universities on the future of science and engineering education. He is a member of Brunel University's council.