Wilfried Wackernagel

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wilfried Wackernagel
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Genetics Section
P.O. Box 2503
D-26111 Oldenburg

Pensioniert seit dem 02.09.2007 (Adresse, Telefonnummer, Fax-Nummer, E-Mail-Adresse und Sprechstunde sind unverändert. Das Büro befindet sich in W3 1-137a.)

Tel.: +49 (441) 798-3298
Fax.: +49 (441) 798-5606 or -3250

Sprechstunde: Montag, 14.00-15.00 Uhr, W3 1-137a

Picture: Wilfried Wackernagel with a natural horn from his collection. This original instrument from ca. 1820 has the following punched in the bell:


Selected academic functions and activities

National (Germany)

  • Full Member of the National Board of Biological Safety (Zentrale Kommission für die Biologische Sicherheit, Berlin) advising the German Government on the safe use of gene technology
  • Full member of the National Committee on Biological Work Place Hazard (UA4; Ausschuß für Biologische Arbeitsstoffe)
  • Member of the Commission on Green Gene Technology of the German Academies of Sciences


  • Member of numerous international expert groups providing recommendations, critical evaluations and prelegislation reports on various topics including genetically modified organisms, food and feed safety, transgene spread etc.
  • Activities for Institute of Life Science (Europe) in Brussels, Vienna, Salzburg
  • Activities for WHO and FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) in Geneva
  • Activities for Austrian and German Ecological Societies in Vienna and Hannover
  • Member of the international FEMS expert group on the use of gene technology in microbiology


  • Commissioner of Biological Safety of the University [Beauftragter für die Biologische Sicherheit (BBS nach GenTG)]
  • Chairman of the Commission for Assessment of Problems Resulting from Technical Applications and of Ethics of the University (Vorsitzender der Kommission für Forschungsfolgenabschätzung und Ethik)
  • Member of the Commission for Awarding the Doctoral Degree in the Faculty V (Mitglied des Promotionsausschusses der Fak. V)
  • Member of the Council of the Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences (Mitglied des Institutsrates)
  • Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Sciences (2001-2003)


Awarding of the Doctor honoris causa by the President of the University Claude Bernard Lyon (France) on June, 27th, 2005