Professor Azizan Baharuddin received her BSc (Hons), 1975 in Biology from University of Tasmania, Australia, M.Sc (Univ. College London), 1978 and PhD, 1984 in Philosophy of Science University of Lancaster, U.K. She specialises in several areas such as environmental ethics and bioethics; science, religion and development; interfaith and intercivilisational dialogue. She has taught, researched and published widely in all these areas (39 books & monographs, more than 100 book chapters as well as articles and scores of newspaper articles). She has received the University of Malaya Excellent Service Award 3 times. She is also active in several governmental organisations (GOs) as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are connected with gender, development, the environment and intercultural/interfaith dialogue. She is a member of various advisory and consultative committees for ministries such as the Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development; Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI); Ministry of Youth and Sports; Ministry of Education (MOE); National Commission for UNESCO Malaysia, under MOE, Ministry of Culture and Heritage and Department of National Unity under The Prime Minister’s Office. Azizan is also a member of the Panel of Experts (EPPS) on Philosophy of Science, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (National Literary and Language Policy Institution) Kuala Lumpur. EPPS endeavours to promote science and ethics literacy in the non-English speaking section of the Malaysian society. She is also a member of the UNESCO Network of Women Philosophers and she has received an award from the Templeton Centre for Theology & Natural Sciences (2001) for her work on Science & Religion.
She is a Member of the Social Science Division under the National Commission for UNESCO Malaysia (2007-present), and appointed member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) by the Director-General of UNESCO for 2014-2017. She was instrumental in the establishment of the first university UNESCO Club in 2010 and was influential in the establishment of the Malaysian UNESCO Day commemorated since 2011. She is also Chairperson of the National Bioethics Council of Malaysia (NBC) 2014-2015, Chairperson of National Committee for Interfaith Understanding and Harmony (appointment by The Prime Minister), Member of National Science and Research Council (appointment by The Prime Minister) and Group Leader on ethics and governance for the Asian Core Program (ACP), a research collaboration between University of Malaya and Kyoto University (Japan) for 2000-2016. Prior to this she was team leader for the Ethics, Economics and Management group of the [JSPS-VCC Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Ministry of Education & Science Japan (JSPS) and the Vice-Chancellors Council of Malaysia (VCC), Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia] 2000-2010.
Besides annually giving papers at various conferences locally and abroad, she is also regularly invited to give inputs through local TV and radio programs regarding issues that are of relevance to society connected to her areas of specialisation. Since 2012, she has her own weekly radio program on science, society and ethics. Currently she is professor at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, as well as Deputy Director-General of Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (on the basis of her expertise in the area of environment, ethics & science, and interfaith dialogue). She was Director of the Centre for Civilizational Dialogue University of Malaya (2000-2011). In the context of her disseminating knowledge, information and reflection vis-à-vis ethics and/in science, the impact of her efforts in science & ethics can be seen from her activities that include research, teaching, writing & conferencing to promote ethics and science in the context of the environment, bioethics and sustainable development, both in the academic and public domain, locally and internationally.