Release Date 06 April 2009
Professor Peter Grindrod CBE has been appointed to the Council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) by Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation. The appointment is with effect from 1 April 2009 and is for a period of four years.
Professor Grindrod is an internationally known mathematician and holds the position of Professor of Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Reading. He was awarded the CBE in 2005 for services to mathematics research and development and is a former President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Working within the commercial sector for over seventeen years Professor Grindrod has most recently managed the origination, development and application of informatics methods to gain value through business insights. His academic research has largely focussed on the mathematical analysis of reaction diffusion systems and their applications, and he has worked in a multidisciplinary environment that bridges the remits of both BBSRC and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Professor Grindrod is a former member of EPSRC council and has been an advisor and contributor to EPSRC and cross-council initiatives.
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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £450 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research, providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and institutes.
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