Spök Armin - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter IFZ

Dr. Armin Spök

Kopernikusgasse 9
8010 Graz

Armin Spök studied Biology with a focus on molecular genetics at the University of Graz and Science and Technology Policy at the University of Sussex. After several years of lab bench research in molecular genetics he became researcher and project manager at IFZ in 1993. Since 1998 he is Head of the Research Unit 'Modern Biotechnology', from 1999 to 2013 he was a member of the Board of Management. From 2012 to 2017 he was researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Since 2018 he is Senior Scientist at the Science, Technology and Society Unit at Graz University of Technology.

His recent research and scientific advisory work focuses on scientific, regulatory and policy aspects of environmental and health risk assessment of biotechnology, including genetically modified plants and microorganisms as well as food, feed, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cosmetics and other products derived from them. Participatory approaches are frequently included in the design of these projects. From 1997 to 2003 he also coordinated the Biotechnology Information Centre INFOgen that has been active in initiating further education in the context of the biotechnology debate.

Armin Spök was or still is member of expert advisory groups at the European Food Safety Authority and the OECD and occasional advisor in various national and international contexts (e.g. FAO, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, SCAR-CWG GMO).

Main fields of acitivity

Risk governance and technology assessment in biotechnology including related policy aspects of food safety and biotechnology


until 2014

until 2010

until 2009

until 2007

Gesamtprojektlaufzeit: 2005-2007

until 2006

Gesamtprojektlaufzeit: 2005-2006
Gesamtprojektlaufzeit: 2006

until 2005

until 2004

until 2003

Gesamtprojektlaufzeit: 2003

until 2002

Gesamtprojektlaufzeit: 2000-2002
Gesamtprojektlaufzeit: 2002


  • Technik Gestalten. Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zu Technikforschung und Technologiepolitik, Reihe Technik- und Wissenschaftsforschung, 1998

    Wächter, C.; Getzinger, G.; Oehme, I.; Rohracher, H.; Spök, A.; Suschek-Berger, J.; Tritthart, W.; Wilding, P. (Hg.)

    Band 31, Profil Verlag, München/Wien 1998.

  • Enzyme in Wasch- und Reinigungsmitteln. Technikfolgenabschätzung und –bewertung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Anwendung der Gentechnologie, 1998

    Spök, A.; Getzinger, G. et al.

    Endbericht zum Projekt, Hg.: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Jugend und Familie, Band 29/1998 der Schriftenreihe des BMUJF, Wien 1998.