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Jim Lynch

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Jim Lynch

Academic Preparation

  • DSc, University of London, Studies on the effects of soil microorganisms on plants (1984)
  • PhD, University of London, Microbial Physiology (1971) (BP Research Student)
  • BTech, Loughborough University, Industrial Chemistry (1968) (BP University Apprentice)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology, the International Institute of Biotechnology, the Royal Society of Arts. Chartered Chemist, Biologist and Scientist.

Professional Experience

  • Director of Forestry, DMC International Imaging (2011 - present)
  • Senior Advisor to the Thames Gateway Institute for Sustainability (2007-2011)
  • Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission Research Agency (2003-2007)
  • Co-ordinator, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Programme, Biological Resource Management for Agricultural Sustainability (OECD) (1989-2006)
  • Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences, University of Surrey (2004 to present, now Emeritus)
  • Professor of Biotechnology and Head of School of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Surrey (1993-2003)
  • Head of Microbiology and Crop Protection Department, Horticulture Research International (1983-1993)
  • Head of Microbiology, AFRC Letcombe Laboratory, Oxfordshire (1971-1983)
  • Partner, C-Questor LLP. (2007-2010)
  • Visiting Professor/Lecturer at following:

Reading, Oxford, King's College London, Helsinki, Washington State, Oregon State

International Experience

  • Chairman, International Union of Soil Sciences, Soil Biology Commission (1990-1994)
  • Vice Chair, BLASKER Award Committee, San Diego Community Foundation (1996-2001)
  • Chairman, Steering Group, Brownfield Expo Conference and Exhibition (1999-present)
  • European Forestry Institute Board Member (2006-present)


  • Awarded OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2007 for OECD work
  • UNESCO Carlos J Finlay Prize in Microbiology 1993 for “outstanding contributions to the study of microbiology and its applications, particularly soil research”
  • Fifteen published books/300 articles on ecology, environmental biotechnology and science and environmental policy.