We are happy to have two excellent keynote speakers.

Marion Koopmans studied Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht followed by a PhD on viral diseases in cattle. She continued her research on human viral diseases in the USA, because viral diseases fascinated her.

Between 1994 and 2014 she was head of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), and is now head of the Department Viroscience at the Ersamus University Medical Center in Rotterdam.

Her research is focussed on new and emerging viral diseases, examples such as Zika virus, Avian Influenza, SARS or the Mexican flu. Her own specialization includes food borne viruses, as well as the spread of viruses amongst animals and humans.

More on Marion’s activities can be found here


Simon More is Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis and Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Impact in the School of Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. He is also Director of the UCD Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis (CVERA, www.ucd.ie/cvera) and is currently chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Authority in Italy. Throughout his career, Simon has worked at the science-policy interface, providing independent scientific evidence to support informed policy decision-making, both nationally and more widely. He uses a range of epidemiological methods to tackle frequently complex animal health issues, generally in collaboration with wonderful colleagues from throughout the world.