Wood John

Secretary-General, Association of Commonwealth Universities



Professor John Wood CBE, FREng is the Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and visiting professor of materials at Imperial College London. Apart from academic appointments at the Open, Nottingham Universities and imperial College he was chief executive of the Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils 2001-7. He was a founder member of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures and became chair in 2004 responsible for the first ESFRI roadmap. He chaired the European Research Area Board in 2008-11 and remains a member of the European Research and Innovation Research Area board.

He chaired the Commission’s High Level Group on the future of Scientific Data resulting in the “Riding the Wave” and “Harvesting the Data” reports. He is co-chair of the Global Research Data Alliance and chair of the European RDA. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1999. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2007 for “services to science” and in 2010 was made an “Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany”.