Dr. Carmen Vicien obtained her Agricultural Science Degree (Agricultural Engineer) from the University of Buenos Aires, and followed Post-Graduate studies in France, at the Institute Agronomique Méditerranéen from Montpellier and the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
Carmen Vicien has held the position of Technical Chair for the National Advisory Commission on Agricultural Biotechnology (CONABIA, for its name in Spanish); the institution responsible for advising the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries on regulation of activities related with agricultural genetically modified organisms in Argentina. She was also member of the Argentine delegation negotiating the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity and participated, as well, in international consultations and programs concerned with issues such as biotechnology development and biosafety.
Dr. Vicien is currently Director of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Development and Planning at the School of Agriculture of the University of Buenos Aires, where she is Full Professor. She has coordinated, and participated as expert, in various research and development projects funded by the University of Buenos Aires, the National Agency for the Scientific and Technological Promotion from Argentina, the European Commission and FAO. In addition has published a number of scientific papers and technical articles, also being co-editor of several books. Besides, she has lectured on courses organized by international and regional organizations (FAO, ICGEB, UNEP, CLI and ILSI) and participated in several Biosafety Projects (World Bank, UNEP, FAO and more recently, the ILSI Research Foundation).Carmen Vicien is Secretary of ILSi-Argentina and member of the Working-Group on Biotechnology in this institution.