Sandy Starr
communications officer, Progress Educational Trust; webmaster, BioNews

Sandy is communications officer at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), a charity which improves choices for people affected by infertility and genetic conditions. PET advances public understanding of science, law and ethics in the fields of human genetics, human reproduction, embryology and stem cell research.

Sandy represents PET discussing these fields in the print and broadcast media, most recently on the BBC World Service programme Newshour and in the pages of The Times. Sandy is also webmaster of PET’s flagship publication BioNews, which provides accurate, balanced and timely news and comment on the latest developments in these fields.

Over the past 10 years Sandy has worked on more than 50 public events for PET, in venues ranging from universities and Royal Colleges to law firms and the Houses of Parliament. These events regularly attract mixed lay and specialist audiences of up to 300 people, receive national and international press coverage, and affect the development of policy.

In recent years, PET’s events and initiatives have been referred to by MPs and peers on the Parliamentary record. This year, Sandy himself addressed the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons on the topic of embryo research and whether the 14-day rule should be revised.

Sandy has been involved in the annual Battle of Ideas festival since it was first launched 12 years ago, and he coordinates the judging of the Gina Owens Memorial Prize at the Debating Matters sixth-form debating competition. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the charity Autistica and he was a member of the Ethics Advisory Board of the world’s largest autism research project, ‘European Autism Interventions: A Multicentre Study for Developing New Medications’.

Follow Sandy on Twitter: @sandystarr0

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