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Simon Festing

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Simon Festing is chief executive of the Society for General Microbiology


  • 1 Education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Public profile
  • 5 References


Festing graduated in 1987 as a Bachelor of Medicine from the London Hospital Medical College He worked as a medical doctor for three years before leaving medicine in 1990 to study Environmental Technology at Imperial College, graduating with an MSc in 1991


Festing did voluntary work for Greenpeace from 1992 to 1994, before joining Friends of the Earth in 1994, where he was employed as their transport and wildlife campaigner until 1998 He worked as a campaign leader for Help the Aged from 1998–1999, then became Director of Public Dialogue for the Association of Medical Research Charities, an umbrella group representing 100 medical-research charities, a post he held from 2000 until 2004, when he joined the Research Defence Society RDS1 He was chief executive of Understanding Animal Research formally RDS2 from 2004 until June 2011, when he joined the Society for General Microbiology

Personal lifeedit

Simon Festing is the son of Michael Festing, a member of the UK Animal Procedures Committee, and former trustee of the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments He is married and has two children His wife is author Ismat Issy Festing, who was previously a dentist

Public profileedit

In December 2005, Festing appeared on a British reality TV show, The Devil's Challenge,3 in which he was subjected to procedures used in animal labs, later engaging in an online debate with John Curtin, an animal-rights activist14


  1. ^ a b http://wwwchannel4com/more4/event/K/killorcure/animals_simonfestinghtml Archived February 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Goodale, Greg; Black, Jason Edward 2010- Arguments About Animal Ethics Lexington Books p 144 ISBN 9780739142981 Retrieved 26 August 2012  Check date values in: |date= help
  3. ^ http://wwwchannel4com/more4/documentaries/doc-featurejspid=20 Archived February 26, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ http://wwwchannel4com/community/showcards/A/Animalshtml Archived June 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine

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