Sandy Starr 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.
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 have been referred to by MPs and Peers on the Parliamentary record.
Sandy is Webmaster of PET’s flagship publication BioNews, which provides accurate, balanced and timely news and comment on the latest developments in PET’s field.
Sandy is also 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, and he is a member of the Editorial Board of the charity Autistica.
Contributed chapters to the following books:
Crime and Deviance in Cyberspace (ed. David S Wall, Ashgate, 2009)
Hate Crimes (ed Paul Connors, 2007)
The Media Freedom Internet Cookbook (ed Arnaud Amouroux and Christian Möller, 2004)
Spreading the Word on the Internet: 16 Answers to 4 Questions (ed Christiane Hardy and Christian Möller, 2003)
From Quill to Cursor: Freedom of the Media in the Digital Era (ed Karin Spaink, 2003)
The Internet: Brave New World? (ed Dolan Cummings, 2002)
Trust in an age of cynicism
"The Battle of Ideas was a great success; it enabled large numbers of people to hear and interact with well-known speakers who have thought about and contributed significantly to the discussions of many important issues."
Richard Swinburne, emeritus professor, philosophy of religion, University of Oxford; author, 'The Existence of God and The Evolution of the Soul'