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Klaus Bock was born in 1944 and has a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (1968) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the same university (1970).He was Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Technical University of Denmark from 1970 to 1988. From 1988, he was appointed head and professor of the Chemistry Department at the Carlsberg Laboratory, from 1992 he was Head of Research at Carlsberg Research Centre and from 2001 to 2007 Executive Vice President for Research of Carlsberg A/S. He has published 260 papers in international journals and served as a referee in the areas of analytical and synthetic carbohydrate chemistry with special emphasis of the application of NMR spectroscopy in structural studies of carbohydrate derivatives and their interaction with enzymes. His latest interests focus upon proteincarbohydrate interactions, particularly the synthesis and structural analysis of glycopeptides. He received the International Carbohydrate Award in honour of Roy L. Whistler in 1986, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 1992 and the Samuel Friedman Foundation Rescue Award presented by UCLA in 2006. From 2004 to 2012 he was Chairman of the Danish National Research Foundation, from 2005 to 2013 he served as Deputy Chairman of the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation and President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences between 2009 and 2011. From 2010 he has also been a member of the Standing Selection Committee for the Network of Centres of Excellence in Canada, and he is Champion of Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2014 to be held in Copenhagen.