Senior Scientist & Research Leader, GenØk - Centre for Biosafety

Fern Wickson is a Senior Scientist and Research Leader for the Responsible and Sustainable Biotechnoscience Co-Laborative 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)