Dr Anne-Maria Brennan

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Dr Anne-Maria Brennan, an alumnus of Imperial College, London, was Associate Professor of Bioscience and Forensic Biology, having been Deputy Head of the Department of Applied Science, at London South Bank University.

She has authored various texts, which include the popular ecology textbook First Ecology which is now in its third edition. She has a long-standing and wide-ranging interest in the interface between Science, Technology and Culture and the public understanding of science.

With over 35 years of involvement with the British Science Association (BSA), in which she has served as a member of Council and Trustee of the Association, she is also a Board Member of the Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG) and a Trustee of the Foundation for Science, Technology UK (FSTC) education curriculum in line with current scholarship on the Muslim contribution to science.

She has organised and chaired conferences for both the British Science Association and FSTC on the Muslim contribution to science, and has lectured on the subject of Muslim Heritage in the life sciences, agriculture and sustainability.

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FSTC Trustee Dr Anne-Maria Brennan Director of Education at the Centre for Professional Practice, University of Kent, was made a Freeman of the City of London at a ceremony in London on 19 October 2017.

Dr Brennan was eligible for the Freedom of the City as earlier this year she was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators, a livery company that seeks to advance education in all its forms in the UK and beyond. She said it was a privilege to become a Freeman of the City of London as it marked a ‘milestone achievement’ in her career as an educator.

Historically, being granted the Freedom of the City of London gave individuals the right to carry out their trade or profession within the Square Mile of London, with the expectation their goods and services would be of the highest quality possible. To this day Freemen, such as Dr Brennan, have ancient rights such as the right to drive sheep and cattle across London Bridge, cannot be pressganged, and can go about the city with a drawn sword: rights which are largely symbolic.  However, those involved with the City and its guilds continue to uphold the tradition of promoting excellence through their professional and charitable activity.

 

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Anne-Maria's BookFirst Ecology: Ecological Principles And Enviromental Issues: Ecological Principles and Environmental Issues by Alan Beeby and AnneMarie Brennan


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Dr Anne-Maria Brennan: Principal Conference and Festival Presentations [present-2000]

(excluding conference attendance, guest lectures and other speaking engagements, television and radio work)

  • 2017 September: British Science Festival, Universities of Brighton & Susse

                         Chair: Amazing Beasts- and why we see them.  [General Section Lecture - Dr Rhys Jones

March:      Chair: Session on Optics & Vision at the Symposium on Science & Technology in Islamic Heritage (Al-Furqan Foundation) London 

  • 2016 October 7th International Congress of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine

Papers delivered: Brennan, A-M Discovering the roots of human and environmental sustainability along the ‘Silk Road’

West, J.B. presented by Brennan, A-M Ibn Al-Nafis, the pulmonary circulation, and the Islamic ‘Golden Age

           September: British Science Festival, Swansea University

Session Chair: Who do we really think we are?  [Presidential lecture Chris Stringer]

     

  • 2015 September: British Science Festival, University of Bradford

Session Chair: A question of taste.  [Presidential lecture Charles Spence]

 

  February: presentation in Standing together in turbulent times Napier University staff diversity day

 

  • 2014 September: British Science Festival, University of Birmingham

Session Chair: The World in 2050 [Presidential lecture Jonathon Porritt]

Session Chair: Library of Secrets [presenters Jim Al-Khalili and Andrea Sella]

 

  • 2013 September: British Science Festival, University of Newcastle

Session Chair and Field course leader: Squirrel Wars [presenter John Gurnell]

 

  • 2012 September: British Science Festival, University of Aberdeen

Session Chair: The Real Doomsday 2012 [Presidential lecture Jocelyn Bell-Burnell]

 

  • 2011 September: British Science Festival, University of Bradford

Session Chair: Science Education in a Diverse Society [Presidential lecture Maurice Coles,    

presenter Jim Al-Khalili]

 

  • 2010 September: British Science Festival, Aston University

Lecture What Can the Past Teach Us About Sustainability?

Session Chair: The history of the Lunar Society [presenter Jenny Uglow]

         June: Cheltenham Science Festival, Co-presenter Library of Secrets Live [with Jim Al-     

              Khalili and Andrea Sella]

         May: Lecture Sustainability in its Cultural Context. Science Museum

 

  • 2009 September: British Science Festival, University of Surrey

    Lecture: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

         June: Chair: Environment & Muslim Heritage Muslim Heritage Awareness Group- Royal Society

 

  • 2008 October: Presentation to the Houses of Parliament: Science-based cultural dialogue among civilisations.

          September: British Science Festival, University of Liverpool

               Chair/Charles Darwin Award Presentation: The Satnav in Our Brains [presenter Hugo Spiers]

 

  • 2007 September: British Science Festival, University of York

Lecture: Taxonomy in Crisis

 

  • 2006 September: British Science Festival, University of East Anglia

Session Chair: Feeding Africa [presenter Ian Gibson MP]

 

  • 2005 September: British Science Festival, Trinity College Dublin

              Session Chair: The Science of luck [Presidential lecture Richard Wiseman]

 

  • 2004 September: British Science Festival, University of Exeter

                Session Chair: A Code of Conduct for Biologists? [Presidential lecture Alan Malcolm]

 

  • 2003 September: British Science Festival, University of Salford

         May: Guest lecturer and judge Mosaic Science Festival, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

 

  • 2002 September: British Science Festival, University of Leicester

Session Chair: Wildlife crime [Presidential lecture Alec Jeffreys]

Session Chair: Science and Islam [presenter Mohammed EL-Gomati]

 

  • 2001 September: British Science Festival, University of Glasgow

Session Chair: Who owns your genes [Presidential lecture John Sulston]

 

  • 2000 September: British Science Festival, Imperial College London

Session Chair: The science of ageing [Presidential lecture Jonathan Miller]