Safe use of biotechnologies

Mission: Research and advice on risk assessment and management of GMOs and emerging biotechnologies


Research strategies

  • Deliver research with impact and of relevance for risk assessment and management of GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
  • To survey ecosystems and societies for GMO occurrence and impacts
  • To assess impacts by emerging biotechnologies and potential product


Advisory strategies

Contribute with science-based advice to national and international authorities for implementation of the Gene Technology Act, EU Directives and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

How and where

  • GenØk shall be recognized as a reliable, accountable and predictable scientific organisation by authorities and within scientific communities at a national and international level.
  • GenØk shall publish peer-reviewed articles, high quality reports and policy briefs to serve current and future Norwegian and global needs, including developing countries and the Arctic.
  • GenØk shall actively disseminate scientifically based information to the public.


Capacity building and training strategies

  • Deliver GMO relevant capacity building activities at national and international level
  • Support ODA (official development assistance)-countries with training and advice on risk assessment and management of GMOs.

How and where

  • All collaboration should be institutional
  • Capacity building projects should have an exit-strategy to secure local sustainability


GenØk Board of Executives, Longyearbyen 13th October 2014