David Coates - Curriculum vitae#

David Coates
Born: 8 September 1954, UK

Academic qualifications
  • 1973 - 1978 Exeter University: BSc (Botany - 1976),
  • MSc (Plant Pathology - 1979);
  • PGCE Teaching Certificate in Education (1977) in Biology to A-Level
  • 1979 - 1985 Bath University: PhD Microbiology (1984), and three year post-doctoral research
  • 1992 Executive MBA (International marketing) - Middlesex University Business School.

Career History
  • July 2001- Executive Secretary (60%) to the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe www.acadeuro.org); providing CEO services to the trustees, Board and Council of this international (pan-European) academic charity of 2500 elected members. Provision of project management, membership and all administrative support functions and compliance with legal requirements of UK charity law. Fundraising and representation on behalf of the organisation. Development of new opportunities and organisation of events in support of the charitable objectives. Annual turnover £300,000.
  • August 2000 - Self-employed consultancy: trading as “Research Synergy Consulting”. Providing public and private sector organisations with research and studies for strategic science policy development; advice and assistance on research project development, funding opportunities; programme and network management, project concept design and delivery; administrative support; organisational representation and advocacy services.
Clients include:

The UK Office of Science & Technology (Now DIUS)

The Royal Society (UK Academy of Sciences) – background work on the establishment of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

DEFRA (UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) – providing support to evidence based policymaking, including UK representation on the Standing Committee for Agriculture Research (SCAR) of the European Union; UK representative (and chair) of the International Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) international research networking system Domain for Agriculture, Food and Biotechnology and support for and provision of UK advisory services for EU Framework Research Programme themes in Food and Agriculture

General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union – Rapporteur of the high-level panel of assessment of the COST scheme

  • European Union (Directorate General for Research) – contract as ‘Mentor’ and provision of evidence in support for establishment of the policy of “Open Method of Coordination” for EU member states’ science policy
  • July 1995 – July 2000: Department of Trade & Industry, Office of Science & Technology, International Directorate (now B.I.S): Assistant Director, EU Research Policy Co-ordination - Life Sciences and COST. Reporting to the Chief Scientific Adviser. Main responsibilities: managing and co-ordinating and negotiating the UK involvement in European Life Science research programme and for earlier programmes - Biotechnology, and Biomedicine & Health. Provision of UK National contact and advisory point. UK policy and UK management lead and Vice Chair for the 37 member state International Co-operation in Science Technology and Research mechanism (COST), including:

Chair of the interdisciplinary COST nanosciences group

Chair of the COST Finance, Legal and Administration standing committee

COST Vice President

UK transdepartmental liaison function in above areas and for relations with UK Research Councils and departments in all the life sciences for EU Framework research programmes Four and Five. Provision of advice to senior officials and Ministers

  • July 1992 - June 1995 Head of marketing & commercial affairs - Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of the UK. Responsibilities included; development and representation of research strategy and co-ordination of development and sponsorship of research marketing efforts for the four research institutes comprising the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Business development, including exploitation.
  • Jan. 1986 - June 1992 Business manager; Chemicals. Full commercial (P & L), technical and product development & marketing responsibility for world-wide biocides and pesticides business with E. MERCK, Darmstadt (UK BDH ltd) and then Coalite Chemicals Ltd. Full NPD and NBD functions and technical advisory services. International client and network management. And sales team

Other Professional
  • 1994 - 1998, Member of the Council and Honorary membership secretary of the British Mycological Society: Graduate member of the Institute of Biology, Member of the Association of MBAs and of the British Society of Plant Pathologists.
  • Primary school governor – 2000- 2005 (specific responsibilities: designated governor for finance; performance management, discipline and premises)
  • Chair of the International research networking funding committee of COST – Agriculture and Food. (2006 – 2008)

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Ph.D thesis: The biological consequences of somatic incompatibility in wood decaying Basidiomycetes and other fungi. University of Bath (1984)

MBA thesis: Branding in industrial markets: use and practice within the speciality chemicals industry. Middlesex Business School (1991)

Peer reviewed scientific literature

Coates, D., Rayner A.D.M., Todd, N.K. (1981). Mating behaviour, mycelial antagonism and the establishment if individuals in Stereum hirsutum. Transactions of the British Mycological Society. 76 41 - 51

Boddy, L., Coates, D., Rayner A.D.M. (1983). Attraction of fungus gnats to zones of interspecific antagonism on agar plates. Transactions of the British Mycological Society. 81 149 - 151

Rayner A.D.M., Coates, D., Ainsworth, A.M., Adams, I.J.H., Williams, E.N.D., Todd, N.K. (1984). The biological consequences of the individualistic mycelium. In, The Ecology & Physiology of the Fungal Mycelium. pp 509 - 540. (Eds. Jennings, D.H., and Rayner, A.D.M ) C.U.P

Coates, D., Rayner A.D.M (1985). Evidence for a cytoplasmically transmissible factor affecting recognition and somato-sexual differentiation in the Basidiomycete Stereum hirsutum. Journal of General Microbiology, 131 207 - 219.

Coates, D., Rayner A.D.M. (1985). Genetic control and variation in expression of the “bow -tie” reaction between homokaryons of Stereum hirsutum. Transactions of the British Mycological Society, 84 191 - 205

Coates, D., Rayner, A.D.M., Boddy, L. (1985). Interaction between mating and somatic incompatibility in the Basidiomycete Stereum hirsutum. New Phytologist, 99 473 - 483.

Coates, D., Rayner, A.D.M. (1985). Induction of rhizomorphic organs in the non-rhizomorphic fungus Stereum hirsutum, via a mobile regulatory factor. Transactions of the British Mycological Society, 84 527 - 530

Coates, D., Rayner, A.D.M. (1985). Heterokaryon - homokaryon interactions in Stereum hirsutum. Transactions of the British Mycological Society, 84 637 - 645

Coates, D., Rayner, A.D.M. (1985). Fungal populations and community development in cut Beech logs: 1, establishment via the aerial cut surface. New Phytologist, 101 153 - 171

ibid. 2. establishment via the buried, cut surface. pp 173 - 181

ibid. 3. spatial dynamics, interactions and strategies. pp 183 - 198

Rayner, A.D.M., Coates, D. (1987). regulation of mycelial organisation and responses. In, “The Evolutionary Biology of the Fungi”. Chapter 8. C.U.P

Grey literature

Coates, D., Sloss, R.I. (1986). Microbial control, strategy and assessment. In. Institute of Public Health Engineers Yearbook. pp 463 - 466. Sterling Publications Ltd. London

Coates, D. (1991). Environmental microbial control, strategy and assessment update. In. International Public Health Engineering. pp 45 - 46. Kean Publications Ltd. ISBN 1872558003

Coates, D. (1991). Surface biocides and environmental hygiene: a profitable partnership for the mushroom grower. The Mushroom Journal, January 1991, pp 17 - 18

Coates, D. (1992). Spoilage, air and water: microbiological risks in the workplace and home and how effective hygiene can safeguard the environment. Purchasers Review (London & District). Stroudgate Publications Ltd

Coates, D. (1993). TFS -analysis. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Terrestrial and Freshwater Sciences Analytical Chemistry Service. In. Corporate Responsibility Europe 1993. Chesterford Publishing. London. pp 79 - 80. ISBN 1873420005

Coates, D. (1993). European Environment Conference. “Successful environmental planning - the need for integrated ecological and environmental data systems”.

Coates D., Strömholm S. (2003) International Academies as a point of intersection between individual scholarship and supranational policy. In The IPTS Report, Vol. 70.2003


1993. Countryside Information System: Market potential report and business plan (for the UK Department of the Environment)

1999. “Nanosciences within COST - Towards a European nanosciences community” report of the ad hoc group in nanosciences & nanotechnology for the Committee of Senior Officials of the International Co-operation Science & technology mechanism. (Council of the European Union).

2000 (October). Confidential report for the UK Royal Society. “A study for the establishment of a European Academies approach to the provision of scientific advice to EU institutions”.

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