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Rev. david Atkinson
An expert in agricultural research and its management, largely focussing on crop protection, the functioning of crop root systems and mycorrhizal fungi. He has worked at a number of institutions, including the East Malling Research Centre, The Macaulay Institute, The University of Aberdeen and the Scottish Agricultural College. He teaches stem cell ethics in the University of Aberdeen and is still concerned with research issues related to food production in cool climates and soil biology. Formerly a member of the SRT Committee and its sub committees on Genetic Modification, Stem cells and Energy, Rev Atkinson is now a Priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church concerned with Rural Issues and science and faith issues. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) lay advisory group and management board of MRCP Qualification, a trustee of British Crop Production Council, a member of Scottish Gov Food Forum, and chaired the Scottish Governments Committee on Food security. He is also a member of the Board of Falkland Rural Enterprise Ltd.