Prof John Bryant

John BryantJohn Bryant was Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Exeter and for five years was also Head of Biosciences. He is now Professor Emeritus. His research was mainly focused on the biochemistry of DNA and genes.

John was a Visiting Research Associate at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA from 1992-1997 and Visiting Professor of Molecular Biology at West Virginia State University, USA from 1999-2007. He is a Past-President of the Society for Experimental Biology and a former Chair of Christians in Science. In 1995/96 John and (now Dame) Suzi Leather introduced at Exeter the first UK university Bioethics course for Bioscience students. Since 2002 he has been (with Dr Chris Willmott, University of Leicester) the advisor on Bioethics to the Higher Education Academy.

He is well-known as a speaker, writer and broadcaster on science, bioethics and on the science & religion debate. The latter has included contributing to The Faraday Institute’s multi-media resource “Test of FAITH”. In his spare time John enjoys sport, bird-watching and the ‘great outdoors’.

On Common Ground

John is one of the Course Directors. He participated in the panel “Are Scientists Playing God?” on 16 March, and the conversation “Awe, Wonder and Beauty in Science – a route to God?” on 23 March.

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Canon Anna Norman-Walker

Anna is currently the Canon Chancellor at Exeter Cathedral. Before ordination she worked as a children’s nurse and latterly as a youth minister. She has served as a Parish Priest in both market town and rural contexts and also as a School Chaplain. She is on the leadership team of ‘Leading your Church in Growth’ (a group of practitioners from across the UK with experience of leading churches through change, renewal and growth) and served as the Diocesan Missioner for Exeter Diocese from 2010-14. At Exeter Cathedral she has responsibility for outreach and education and is responsible for the Holy Ground Community, which offers creative contemplative worship monthly with guest speakers addressing topics of faith, justice and the arts.

On Common Ground

Anna is one of the Course Directors.

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