Open lecture: Lessons learned from waterfleas, whales and bees

At The University Aula
Monday, 8 July 2019 from 18:30-20:00
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Lecture held in english.
Photo: UiO/Terje Heiestad

Lessons learned from waterfleas, whales and bees: A journey into environmental controversies in the search for sustainable food  

Join this open lecture by Fern Wickson to discuss genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture and the hunting of whales and seals in the North Atlantic. During the lecture she will engage with these two sustainable food controversies and demonstrate how what constitutes environmental harm is a splendid swirling nexus of science, ethics and politics.

Fern Wickson is Research Professor of Environmental Governance and holds an interdisciplinary PhD across biology and political science. She is the Scientific Secretary of the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO) and a Senior Advisor at GenØk Centre for Biosafety in Tromsø, Norway.

The University Aula is a spectacular building and the 11 oil paintings that cover its walls are the only decorations by Edvard Munch that can still be viewed in their original context.

Inspired by these amazing artworks, Patricia Berman, the Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art at Wellesley College, will give the audience a short introduction on “Edvard Munch’s art of science”.

The event is part of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology 2019 conference (, which is co-organized by Norsk Teksnik Museum and the University of Oslo.

The event also forms part of the Oslo European Green Capital 2019 program.

Supported by: Research Council of Norway and UiO:Life Science

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Norsk Teknisk Museum
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