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)
Why are we afraid to judge?
"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student