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Dr Donald Bruce BSc PhD

Dr Donald Bruce is a former director of the SRT Project and he has a BSc and PhD in chemistry from Leicester University, a diploma in theology from Oxford University (1992) and a PhD in theology from Edinburgh University (2003). He worked for 15 years in nuclear energy research and safety and risk assessment, variously at BNFL Sellafield, UKAEA Harwell and HM Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, the latter on the safety case of the Sizewell B PWR and on severe accident risk analysis. He also worked on energy policy for the Chief Scientist’s Group of the then UK Department of Energy.

He has been a member of the bioethics working group of the Conference of European Churches since 1993. He is a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Group on Public Issues of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. He is an official observer to the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO and the Global Summit of National Bioethics Committees. He is also a member of the International Association of Bioethics, the European Society for Agriculture and Food Ethics, the Society for Risk Analysis, the Society for Philosophy and Technology, Christians in Science and the Science Religion Forum.

He is a director of the John Ray Initiative for promoting environmental education and awareness in churches. He is a member of the UK steering committee of the Eco-Congregation Programme, and is co-chair of the steering committee of Eco-Congregation Scotland.

He and his wife Ann live in the centre of Edinburgh, and they are joint editors of SRT’s book Engineering Genesis on the ethics of genetic engineering in non-human species. When time allows, he enjoys mountaineering, cross-country skiing, photography, music and drama.

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