Prof. Sir Brian Heap

Professor Sir Brian Heap is Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of Nottingham, and Project Leader, Biosciences for farming in Africa. He was Master of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.

As a biological scientist he published extensively on endocrine physiology, reproductive biology and biotechnology, and was Director of Research at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Babraham, Cambridge and Roslin, Edinburgh) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, he held posts as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President, and editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B. He was President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, President of the Institute of Biology, and President of the International Society of Science and Religion.

He was UK Representative on the European Science Foundation and the NATO Science Committee. With the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Department of Health’s Expert Group on Cloning, the EU President’s Advisory Group on Biotechnology, and Parliamentary Select Committee 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. He was scientific consultant for several international pharmaceutical companies.