Sir Brian Heap is Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Fellow and former Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He is Trustee and Chief Scientific Adviser, Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust, Trustee of the Cambridge China Development Trust (CCDT), and Life Trustee, India National Trust for Education and Development (INTED). He is International Adviser of the Cambridge Global Food Security programme, and Adviser of SunMoksha Ltd., Bangalore.
A member of the International Advisory Board of the Faraday Institute, Cambridge and of the International Policy Advisory Group at the Royal Society, he is on the Editorial Board of Science and Christian Belief. 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 (EASAC), President of the Institute of Biology (now the Royal 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.
Recent science-religion interests/publications
HEAP R B (2001) Cloning: can we play God? In Genetic Engineering: Christ and the Cosmos Series XV pp.113-123 ed. Brenda Beamond
HEAP BRIAN (2004) Pastoral implications of the new genetics. Partner and Paternoster, Carlisle, Cumbria
HEAP, BRIAN & COMIM, FLAVIO (2005) Consumption and Happiness: Christian values and an approach towards Christianity Annual Conference on Sustainability, London
HEAP BRIAN COMIM FLAVIO and WILKES GEORGE (2009) International governance and root causes of unsustainability. In Creation in Crisis pp 67-83 ed Robert S White SPCK London
BURCKHARDT SAMUEL, CANALES-HOLZEIS CLAUDIA, GRAY JULIAN and HEAP BRIAN (2013) Enabling factors for an innovation-ready agricultural landscape in African countries.
In Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies eds. David J Bennett and Richard C Jennings pp.251-266 Cambridge University Press: Cambridge
BRIAN HEAP, JOHN HOLMES and BERNIE JONES (2019) Can Smart Villages Help to Stem Biodiversity. Pontifical Academy 2017, In Biological Extinction New Perspectives pp.358-404. eds. Partha Dasgupta, Peter H Raven and Anna L McIvor. Cambridge University Press
BRIAN HEAP & STEPHANIE HIMER (2019) Smart Villages In: Horizons Winter 2019, No. 15 ed. Damjan Krnjevic Miskovic.