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BBSRC announces new Council members

BBSRC announces new Council members - 13 June 2013. Credit: Rob Whitrow

A new member has been appointed to the Council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) by the Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts. Two members have also been reappointed.

The new member is Professor Carole Goble and the appointment will run until 31 March 2017. The two current members of BBSRC Council that have been reappointed are Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS (reappointed until 31 March 2016) and Mr Jim Godfrey OBE (reappointed until 31 March 2015).

BBSRC Chair, Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRS, said: "I am delighted with the appointment of Professor Goble, a key figure in the development of e-Science in the UK and Europe, and I welcome back Professor Baulcombe and Mr Godfrey. Their shared experiences add to a wealth of knowledge on the Council that will continue to drive forward the leading international position of UK bioscience as a foundation for the country's economic growth."

Professor Carole Goble

Professor Carole Goble FREng FBCS CITP is Professor of Computer Science at The University of Manchester. Over the past 25 years she has pursued research interests in the acceleration of scientific innovation through: distributed computing, workflows and automation; knowledge management and the Semantic Web; social, virtual environments; software engineering for scientific software; and new models of scholarship for data-intensive science. Since 2001 she has directed a large, mixed team of researchers, computational scientists and software engineers that specialise in e-Science.

Professor Carole Goble. Credit: Rob Whitrow
Professor Carole Goble. Image: Rob Whitrow

As an applied computer scientist she has always worked alongside other disciplines. She pioneered ontology-based systems for data and model curation, the integration biology data resources and provenance. She has applied the state of the art in distributed, service-based computing and social collaboration to bioinformatics, particularly Systems Biology. She is responsible for many widely used open source e-Science software and she has been a strong advocate for putting software innovations into real practice. She co-founded the UK's Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute and the Software Sustainability Institute UK.

She is leading activities in European e-Infrastructure for Life Sciences including Deputy Director of the UK's ELIXIR Node and WG leader for data/model management of Infrastructure Systems Biology Europe. She has served on advisory and funding boards for ERC, STFC, BBSRC, EPSRC, Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as numerous oversight committees including the Dutch National Bioinformatics Centre, the EU Enabling Grids for E-Science, NERC Environmental Virtual Observatory and the Software Carpentry Advisory Board.

In 2008 she was awarded the Microsoft Jim Gray e-Science award for contributions to e-Science. In 2012 she was a nominated finalist for the Benjamin Franklin award for contributions to Open Access in Life Science.

Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS and Mr Jim Godfrey OBE

Biographies for Professor Baulcombe and Mr Godfrey can be seen on the Council page of the BBSRC website: .


Notes to editors

BBSRC Council is the senior decision making body responsible for determining the policy, priorities and strategy of BBSRC. Appointments are made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

No political activity or public appointments have been declared.

Eligible members of Council will receive an honorarium of £6,850 per year. The honorarium is paid in respect of all duties carried out during their appointment to Council.

Details of Council Members' interests are available on the BBSRC website (see related links).


BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, and with an annual budget of around £500M (2012-2013), we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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