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Record ID
Date of creation
2007-11-15 08:14 UTC (katrine@genok.org)
Date of last update
2017-08-16 20:29 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2017-08-16 20:29 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)

General information
Name of the Organization
University of Tromsø
University of Tromsø
Tromsø, Tromsø
Norway, NO- 9037
Phone:Katrine Jaklin - GenØk - +47 77 64 55 46,Bjørn Hermansen - University of Tromsø - +47 77 64 53 63,+47 77 64 40 00
Fax:+47 77 64 49 00
Url:University of Tromsø
Contact Information
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Thematic areas
General biosafety
Biotechnology, trade and the environment
Environmental, food and feed safety
Handling, transport, packaging and identification
Human health
Information exchange and data management (including the Biosafety Clearing-House)
Legislative and regulatory framework
Public awareness, education and participation
Risk assessment and risk management
Socio-economic considerations
Organization’s profile
The University of Tromsø has for many years co-operated with GenØk-Centre for Biosafety in offering biosafety courses. At a latitude of nearly 70 degrees north, the University of Tromsø (UiT) is the world's northernmost university. UiT is a relatively small university, with around 6000 students and around 1800 staff.
Linked organizations
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety (GenØk)
PB 6418
Siva innovasjonssenter
Tromso, Tromso
Norway, 9294
Phone:+47 77 64 66 20
Url:GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
Additional Information
Additional Information

The course is designed to provide policy makers, regulators, scientists and NGOs/civil society leaders, specifically from developing countries (ODA-countries), with the necessary balanced and critical knowledge and training in crucial GE/GMO issues. The course will enable societies to harvest the benefits of genetic engineering in a safe and sustainable way, by demonstrating how a holistic approach can be taken to GE/GMO issues.

On completion of the GMO Biosafety course the students should have the ability to:
• Deal effectively with the complexity of issues related to the safety assessment and management of GE/GMO applications
• Demonstrate a holistic approach to GE/GMO issues

The students will gain / improve skills in:
• Academic writing
• Collaborative work on-line with peers by sharing ideas, analyzing problems and finding solutions
• Describe, discuss and present risk communication
• LMS competence

The students should have developed or strengthened attitudes on:
• Different perspectives in research, risk management and assessment of GE/GMO projects and applications
• The necessity of developing critical views on information
• Presenting risk-associated issues in a structured way

In International Biosafety capacity building meetings, organized by a number of UN organizations and the CBD secretariat in relation to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the urgent need for formal education in this area has been stressed. This web-based course gives 10 ECTS credit points.

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