Angelika Hilbeck is a German/ Swiss agroecologist. She researches and teaches at the Institute for Integrative Biology in the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. Her work focuses on the environmental biosafety of genetically modified plants in ecosystems.
Hilbeck graduated in agricultural biology from the University of Hohenheim. She received her doctorate in entomology from North Carolina State University in 1994. Since 2000, she has worked at the Institute for Integrative Biology at ETH Zurich, where she heads the Environmental Biosafety & Agroecology Research Group.
Hilbeck’s teaching and research focuses on environmental risk assessment, ecological biosafety of genetically modified plants and farmer-participatory agroecology research in Eastern and Southern Africa. Through her international work with UN, governmental and non-governmental organisations, she became increasingly involved in broader issues of technology development (GE and digitialization) towards a democratically legitimated, sustainable global future and actively contributes to the debate on biosafety, international agriculture, hunger and poverty alleviation.Hilbeck Is involved in the negotiations around the implementation of the UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Because of her experience in international agriculture and in the local situation of small farmers, she was appointed to contribute to the World Agricultural Report (IAASTD 2008). Hilbeck serves on the board of directors of Bread for All. She was a co-founder of the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) and Critical Scientists Switzerland (CSS), on whose boardS she continues to serve. She is a member of the advisory board of the Association of German Scientists.