Senior Scientist & Program Coordinator, GenØk - Centre for Biosafety

Fern Wickson is a Senior Scientist and Co-ordinator of the Society, Ecology and Ethics Department (SEED) at GenØk Centre for Biosafety in Tromsø, Norway.

With an interdisciplinary PhD across the Arts and the Sciences from the University of Wollongong in Australia, she co-ordinates several cross-disciplinary projects exploring ecological and ethical aspects entangled in the environmental governance of emerging technologies (including bio- and nano-technologies).

Fern is a member of Norway's national Biotechnology Advisory Board, a past president of the international Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.Net), and expert delegate to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


  • 2009–present
    Researcher, GenØk Centre for Biosafety
  • 2007–2009
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bergen


    Australian National University, Bachelor of Science (Ecology)
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
  • 2006 
    University of Wollongong, PhD (Biology & Science and Technology Studies)
  • 2001 
    University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Environmental Politics)

Research Areas

  • Ecology (0602)
  • Ethical Use Of New Technology (E.G. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) (220103)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology (1001)