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IOE academic appointed to Nuffield Council

29 April 2019

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) professor Michael Reiss has been appointed to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Professor Michael Reiss

The world-renowned Council is an independent body that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine. It advises policy makers and stimulates debate in bioethics.

Professor Reiss was one of seven new members appointed to the Council.

Professor Reiss said: “There is currently a veritable explosion in bioethical issues in medicine, in agriculture, in companion animal ownership and in new fields such as robotics. As a social scientist, I am much looking forward to playing a role on the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Society needs to reflect carefully on which new technological possibilities are to be welcomed and which rejected.”

Michael Reiss is Professor of Science Education at the IOE, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Priest in the Church of England. He was a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council/Committee (2004-12), Director of Education at the Royal Society (2006-08), a member of the GM Science Review Panel (2002-04), Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures (2001-02) and Chair of EuropaBio’s External Advisory Group on Ethics (2000-01).