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Lis has been involved in the design of the Danish Salmonella surveillance-and-control programme. Her dual affiliation with the Danish Agriculture & Food Council and the University of Copenhagen makes it possible for her to engage in the development of trust-worthy, cost-effective and evidence-based surveillance programmes. Lis has been involved in the entire shift of the meat inspection of swine from traditional to visual-only. Her dual affiliation with the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and the University of Copenhagen makes it possible for her to engage in development of trust-worthy, cost-effective and evidence-based surveillance programmes. Lis has been engaged in risk assessments for use of antimicrobials in livestock, development of official AM guidelines, and analyses of association between antimicrobials, biosecurity, vaccination and productivity in the Danish pig sector. Her dual affiliation with the Danish Agriculture & Food Council and the University of Copenhagen makes it possible for her to engage in development of trust-worthy, cost-effective and evidence-based surveillance programmes.

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Nigel is a veterinary epidemiologist with broad interests in animal health, welfare and production. Nigel was appointed Head of School, School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland in October 2017. Prior to joining UQ in 2016 he had been a Director of AusVet Animal Health Services Pty Ltd, a private epidemiology consultancy company, and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Massey University. Nigel has worked on projects involving wildlife, livestock, pet, human and environmental outcomes in Australia and many overseas countries. He graduated from UQ with a veterinary degree in 1984, followed by post-graduate degrees at The Ohio State University (MS in reproductive physiology) and Massey University (PhD in epidemiology).

Dirk graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany in 1984. This was followed by postgraduate research towards a Dr.med.vet degree at the same university. He obtained a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand, in 1994, where he also worked as an academic for 9 years. Since 1999, he has been holding the Chair in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, UK. In 2016, Dirk joined City University of Hong Kong as Chair Professor of One Health, while still maintaining a 20% appointment at RVC. Dirk’s research has covered many diseases and production systems around the world, with a special emphasis on translation of science into policy, evidence-based veterinary medicine, analytical epidemiology, advanced multivariate techniques, spatial and temporal analysis of epidemiological data, development of animal health information systems, computer modelling of animal disease, and field ecological research methods. Dirk has extensive experience in advisory roles to policy makers such as the European Union, the United Nations and several national governments.

Professor Darren Trott graduated from Murdoch University School of Veterinary Science in 1990. He worked in companion animal practice for eight years during which time he also completed an Honours degree and PhD. Following PhD graduation, he spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher in Ames, Iowa and since mid-2000, has been a full-time academic at The University of Queensland (2000-2009) and University of Adelaide (2010-present). In 2016, he established and was appointed inaugural Director of the first new Research Centre at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, The University of Adelaide, The Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology. Prof Trott’s research covers a broad area. He has focused on antimicrobial resistance issues facing companion, performance and food-producing animal health and their impacts to public health as well as develop new and repurposed antimicrobial agents for resistant infections. Most recently he has focused attention on the microbiome and is particularly interested in the effects of antimicrobials on gut health, particularly early in life.