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.