Fern Wickson was born and raised in Australia but has lived in Norway for over 12 years. She holds an interdisciplinary PhD across biology and political science and has always worked across the science/policy interface. Interested in environmental management and human/nature relations, she has a specific interest in the integration of science, indigenous knowledge, stakeholder views and environmental philosophy in the pursuit of sustainable food systems.
Before joining NAMMCO in 2018, Fern worked as Senior Scientist and Research Professor of environmental governance at GenØk Centre for Biosafety in Tromsø, Norway. She was leader of the transdisciplinary collaborative for Responsible and Sustainable Biotechnoscience (RootS) as well as project leader for several international research projects on the environmental governance of controversial new technologies (e.g. biotechnology and nanotechnology). Committed to ecological ethics and a politics of socio-ecological care, the primary objective of her work has been to advance sustainability in food systems and responsibility in research and innovation arenas.
Fern has served as an expert delegate to the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) working group on the diverse conceptualization of values in nature. She has also been a member of the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board and past President of the international Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.Net).
In her spare time, Fern enjoys hiking, snowboarding, kayaking and trying to grow her own food. She is also a yoga and meditation teacher and runs her own studio – The Peaceful Wild – in Tromsø.