Dr Franck Fourniol

Franck Fourniol
Policy Adviser
Royal Society

Franck is a Policy Adviser in the Data policy team at the Royal Society, the national academy of sciences in the UK, which he joined in 2014. He has been leading on the Royal Society's Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) policy project, supporting a group of Fellows of the Royal Society and other experts to investigate the potential of PETs in enabling the use and sharing of data whilst protecting sensitive information.


Franck is also leading a collaboration with the network of European Academies (ALLEA), connecting debates on the governance of data management and use at a European level. Having worked on other emerging technologies including synthetic biology, he has been thrilled to explore the policy implications of data and digital technologies since his involvement in the Royal Society's major programmes on machine learning and on the governance of data management and use.


Previously, Franck was a postdoctoral research scientist and obtained a PhD in biophysics in 2010 having resolved molecular mechanisms using electron microscopy and image processing. He studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (Ulm).