Wieke Betten is a social science and bioethics PhD researcher and lecturer at the Athena Institute at the VU University of Amsterdam. Her research project focuses on societal and ethical aspects of synthetic biology. Since 2011 Wieke has been involved in the iGEM competition, both as an advisor and a judge. She was involved in the European SYNENERGENE project, collaborating with eight iGEM teams in ‘real-time’ technology assessments. Wieke also works as a concept developer at the Open Wetlab of Waag society in Amsterdam. Together with Waag society she conducts a study on Trust Me I'm an Artist, a European project on ethical issues around art science collaborations. In 2015, she was selected to be a fellow in the synthetic biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP). Wieke obtained a MSc in Medicine and a MSc in Management, Policy-analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences, both from the VU University in Amsterdam.
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