Helge Torgersen


Helge Torgersen started as a molecular biologist. Today he investigates relations in the triangle between science, the public and politics.


Born in 1954 in Munich and raised in Germany and Austria, he studied biology in Salzburg, where he was awarded his PhD in 1980 with a thesis in experimental andrology (on male contraception).


Between 1981 and 1989 he was a scientific assistant at the institutes of molecular biology and of biochemistry at the University of Vienna, where he investigated molecular aspects of various viruses. Since 1990 he has been employed at the ITA as a researcher on societal and political aspects of biotechnology, and subsequently on the governance of technology controversies. Today his general interest focuses on the relationship between technology development and public perceptions. Most recently, he worked on societal aspects of nanotechnology, synthetic and systems biology as well as on participatory methods in technology assessment.

Selected Publications

His long list of publications includes four edited volumes and many peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals, most recently on the conflict potential of synthetic biology.

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