Director, The Society, Religion, and Technology Project
Church of Scotland
For ten years Donald Bruce has directed The Society, Religion and Technology Project, begun in 1970 to address ethical and social issues arising out of modern technology. Prior to that, he spent 15 years doing chemistry research in nuclear waste management and nuclear fuel reprocessing, and research in safety and risk assessment in nuclear energy.
Dr. Bruce chairs an interdisciplinary expert group on genetic engineering in crops and animals, which produced the acclaimed book Engineering Genesis. He has been in the forefront of the ethical debate on cloning and stem cells in the UK and Europe. He is a member of the bioethics working group of the Conference of European Churches and the biotechnology working group of the World Council of Churches. He serves on the Scottish Science Advisory Committee and on the public issues advisory committee of the UK Biotechnology Research Council. He frequently writes and speaks on bioethics issues.
Dr. Bruce is an official observer to the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee and to the Global Summit of National Bioethics Committees. He also is an observer to the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe, and represented European viewpoints in US-European dialogues at the National Academy of Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania on genetically modified food.
He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Leicester University, a diploma in theology from Oxford, and a Ph.D. in theology from Edinburgh University.