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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2011-04-13 14:41 UTC (michael.eckerstorfer@umweltbundesamt.at)
Date of last update
2019-02-14 08:54 UTC (anita.greiter@umweltbundesamt.at)
Date of publication
2019-02-14 14:41 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Austria
Profile of the Expert
Dr. Andreas Heissenberger is Deputy Unit Head of the Department "Landuse and Biosafety" at the Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria).

Dr. Heissenberger is an ecologist and biochemist by training and works in the field of detection, risk assessment and monitoring of GMOs since 1996. He was head of an GMO-analysis-laboratory until 2004 and was member of the steering committee of the European Network of GMO laboratories (ENGL) until 2008.
He has carried out or co-ordinated several studies regarding monitoring and risk assessment of GMOs. Since 2003 he was responsible for several capacity building projects like training courses and workshops on the implementation of international and EU legislation, enforcement, detection and risk assessment with regard to GMOs mainly in Asia and Accession Countries to the European Union. Other responsibilities include the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, as well as scientific support to the competent authorities of Austria.

Personal Information
Dr. Andreas Heissenberger
Umweltbundesamt - Environment Agency Austria
Spittelauer Laende 5
Austria, 1090
Phone:+43 1 31304 3032
Fax:+43 1 31 304 3700
  • Male
  • Austrian
Date of birth
Place of birth
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Umweltbundesamt - Environment Agency Austria
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Landuse & Biosafety
Start date
Main responsibilities
Reviewing applications for placing on the market of GMOs/LMOs (risk assessment and monitoring), coordination and preparation of scientific studies and reviews on environmental effects and risk assessmnet of GMOs/LMOs, consultancy for ministries and governments (national and international) in the preparation and implementation of regulatory frameworks for biosafety, implementation of the Cartagena Protocol 

Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • European Union
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Slovakia
  • Viet Nam
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
University of Vienna,
Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria 

Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Preparation of and teaching at courses on marine microbial ecology 
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
PhD in ecology
Name of academic institution
University of Vienna 
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
MA in International Relations 
Name of academic institution
Danube University Krems 
Start date
Ending date
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • LMO monitoring for environmental impact
  • Biosafety policy
  • LMO decision-making
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
SPÖK, A.; M. DOLEZEL, M. ECKERSTORFER, M. FREIGASSNER, H. GAUGITSCH, A. HEISSENBERGER, S. KARNER, T. KLADE, M. PROKSCH, L. SCHNEIDER, F. TREIBER, & M. UHL (2008): Assessment of toxic and ecotoxic properties of novel proteins in GMOs, Report commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health, Family and Youth, Unit IV.
DOLEZEL, M.; MIKLAU, M.; ECKERSTORFER, M.; HILBECK, A.; HEISSENBERGER, A. & GAUGITSCH, H. (2010): Standardisation of the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetcically Modified Plants in the EU, BfN Skripten, Bonn, Germany
BENEDICT, M; ECKERSTORFER, M.; FRANZ, G.; GAUGITSCH, H.; Greiter A.; HEISSENBERGER, A. KNOLS, B.; KUMSCHIK, S.; NENTWIG, W.; & RABITSCH, W. (2010): Defining environmental risk assessment criteria for genetically modified insects to be placed on the EU market, EFSA Journal, Oct.2010 
Awards and Professional Memberships
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
CEN Working group for the standardization of GMO detection methods, Chair of sub-WG on Sampling (until 2006)
Member of the Steering Committee of the European Network of GMO Laboratories (2002-2008)
Member of various panels/expert committees at EU level (European Commission, Council, EFSA) 
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • German
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
Dr. Helmut Gaugitsch
Head of Unit
Unit Land-Use & Biosafety
Umweltbundesamt/Environment Agency Austria
Spittelauer Laende 5
Austria, 1090
Phone:+43 1 313-04 ext. 3133
Fax:+43 1 313-04 ext. 3700
Url:Environment Agency Austria website