Mike Bruton

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Professor Mike Bruton MSc, PhD, FLS, FRSSAfr.


Full names: Michael Noel Bruton.

Date and place of birth: 30th November, 1946, in East London, South Africa.

Citizenship: South African.

Permanent residential address: 22 Forth Road, Rondebosch 7700, Cape Town, South Africa.

Family: Married to Carolynn, with two sons (Craig and Ryan) and a daughter (Tracey).

Hobbies: Hiking, performing arts, reading, travel, photography, cycling, golf.

Formal qualifications: BSc (Honours) (1969), Master of Science with Honours (1972), Doctor of Philosophy (1976), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Postdoctoral research at the British Museum (Natural History), London, England, and the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium.

Main research fields: Ichthyology, aquatic biology and ecology, fish life histories, aquatic conservation, environmental education, psychology of learning, nature of creativity, structure and function of the brain, Islamic science, history and development of science centres.

Awards: Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (1979); Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa (1984); Jaycees ‘Outstanding Young South African’ Award (1985); British Association for the Advancement of Science Captain Scott Medal (1986); Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académique from France (2001); Lifetime Achievement Award, National Science and Technology Forum, South Africa (2001); Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2004-present); Consulate Designate, Qatar (2009-).

Employer: MTE Studios, Cape Town.

Job description: Director of Imagineering.

  • Scientific research and knowledge management
  • Consultancy services in the fields of science centre and science museum design, management and development, the development of business plans for science centres, and exhibition design and development
  • Training of science centre and museum personnel in science centre management and development
  • Conceptualization and development of new exhibitions and displays
  • Conceptualization and development of new science centres and museums
  • Popular science lectures in the fields of environmental conservation, creativity, brain structure and function, efficiency of learning, Islamic inventions, nuclear power, and the evolution and future of science centres.
  • Development of science and technology teaching aids (books, teacher’s and learner’s kits, worksheets, science shows, science demonstrations, science theatre).
  • Projects include science centres and science museums in South Africa, Namibia, Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Malaysia.
  • Conducted research for major interactive travelling exhibitions on Islamic inventions, the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, and other topics.

Prior experience:

  • Originally trained as a marine and freshwater biologist and ecologist.
  • Studied and conducted research in southern Africa, western Europe, North America and the Middle East.
  • Achieved top research rating by the National Research Foundation in South Africa in chosen fields of research.
  • Internationally recognized expert on African fish ecology and fisheries.
  • Published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and authored, co-authored and edited 18 books on aquatic biology and science education.
  • Lectured under- and post-graduate students at universities and museums in South Africa, Malawi, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Supervised the studies of over 40 post-graduate students in aquatic sciences at the Masters and Doctorate levels.
  • Acted as external examiner for Masters and Doctorate degree studies from African, European, Australian and American universities.
  • Served on numerous national and international scientific research committees.
  • International consultant on marine research, conservation and mariculture projects.
  • Directly involved in the establishment and development of several field research stations, research institutes, museums, aquaria and science centres in southern Africa, including the Lake Sibaya Research Station, JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Department of Ichthyology & Fisheries Science, Rhodes University, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, MTN Sciencentre, Cape Town, Old Mutual-MTN Sciencentre, Durban, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg, Knsyna Angling Museum, and the Museum of Science & Technology in Islam near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Previous positions held:

  • Officer-in-Charge, Lake Sibaya Research Station, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Visiting Research Fellow, British Museum (Natural History), London, England
  • Professor and Founding Head, Department of Ichthyology & Fisheries Science, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Director, JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Founder, Knysna Angling Museum, Knysna, South Africa
  • Educational Director, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Founder-Director, MTN Sciencentre, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Founder, Old Mutual-MTN Sciencentre, Umhlanga, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Conceptualized, designed, researched and prepared signage for nine travelling exhibitions from the MTN Sciencentre, including exhibitions on scientific discoveries and inventions, science of sport, educational value of games, and great Islamic inventions
  • Through MTE Studios, conducted research for a series of iconic interactive displays in the Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, on great Islamic inventions
  • Through MTE Studios, conducted research and prepared signage for a major international travelling exhibition entitled ‘Sultans of Science’
  • Consultant, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Consultant, Uitenhage Science Centre, Uitenhage, South Africa
  • President, Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC, 2001-2003); member of the Board of Directors of SAASTEC (2001-2009)
  • Member of the International Programme Committee of the Science Centre World Congress (2001-2004, 2007-2011)
  • Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, and of the International Programme Committee, of the Sixth Science Centre World Congress, Cape Town (2007-2011)
  • Board of Directors, MTN Sciencentre, Cape Town (2007-)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, MTN Sciencentre, Cape Town (2008-)
  • Member of numerous national and international science centre development committees and commissions of enquiry
  • Participated in science festivals, science centre conferences and workshops in 20 countries on six continents.
  • Attended Science Centre World Congresses in Calcutta, Canberra, Rio de Janeiro and Toronto.

Contact details: Professor Mike Bruton, Director of Imagineering, MTE Studios, Dubai and Cape Town.

Dubai office: MTE Studios, Building 4, Dubai Media City, Dubai, U.A.E. Tel: +971 (4) 390 2796; Fax: +971 (4) 390 8733; Cell: +27 (0) 83 212 609.

Cape Town office: MTE Studios, Suite 6, Apollo Park, Marconi Road, Montague Gardens, Cape Town; South Africa; PO Box 36572, Chempet 7442, Cape Town, South Africa.

Tel: +27 (0)21 551 0631; Fax: +27 (0)21 551 0633; Cell: +27 (0)83 212 609. Website: www.mtestudios.com; Email: mike@mtestudios.com

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