Charles obtained a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London and a DPhil in Materials Science from the University of Oxford. He has subsequently worked as researcher in the area of advanced materials and nanotechnology in academia and industry. He has over 10 years of experience in the preparation of proposals for collaborative research projects for FP7, Horizon 2020, Eurostars and Danish national funding. He was formerly the Key Knowledge Holder for PERA’s Nordic offices, overseeing proposal preparation, performing internal evaluations and developing tools and guidelines for proposal writing. In addition to preparing proposals Charles was both a project manager and researcher on Brite-Euram, FP6 and FP7 projects. Charles specialises in projects within the area of materials, production, nanotechnology, renewable energy, transport, health, medical devices and ICT.