Professor Sir Brian Heap CBE FRS is President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council and Research Associate at the Centre for Development Studies, Cambridge UK. He was Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, Vice-President and Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, President of the Institute of Biology, and President of the International Society for Science and Religion. He has doctorates from Nottingham and Cambridge, and was Director of Research at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Cambridge and Edinburgh) and at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Swindon). He is Honorary Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge and Green Templeton College, Oxford, and served as UK Representative at the European Science Foundation at Strasbourg and the NATO Science Committee at Brussels. With the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Department of Health's Expert Group on Cloning, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology, and the European President's Advisory Group on Biotechnology he has been engaged in public issues of biotechnology, population growth, sustainability and science policy working with the World Health Organisation, the UK-China Forum and the European Commission. Sir Brian was scientific consultant for several international pharmaceutical companies and is Special Scientific Adviser for ZyGEM Co Ltd, New Zealand. He was knighted in 2001 for services to science internationally.
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