Scientific Expertise: Veterinary medicine (miscellaneous)
Contribution: I plan to participate to the activities of the three first working groups and to assist to the overall managemental tasks that will be involved. With regards to WP1 and WP3, I plan to use both my expertise and my Unit's expertise to best map biosecurity measures on farms and transport across Europe. Especially for WP3, as I was involved early enough in the Biocheck.UGent (a risk-based tool to evaluate the quality of farm biosecurity) I believe I can give useful insights/remarks. During my career, I had the opportunity to lead qualitative research projects. Thus, I have been trained to various qualitative research techniques (e.g. active design, participatory research) and this is expected to be handy when dealing with WP2 activities.
Motivation: My exposure to multidisciplinary projects related to biosecurity, veterinary epidemiology, animal health management and One Health ensures that I become a valuable addition for the needs of this project. I find myself fully aligned with the aim and mission of this cost action and I would be excited to contribute to its success . The Veterinary Epidemiology Unit of Ghent University (led by Prof. Dewulf Jeroen) is a leading team with expertise on farm animal biosecurity involved in numerous national and international projects. As a member of this Unit, I will make my best to promote the exchange of information and innovation within and across the consortium.
Scientific Background: Post doctoral researcher in the Veterinary Epidemiology Unit of the Veterinary Faculty of Ghent University with expertise in antimicrobial resistance, biosecurity and health management . Specialist in veterinary public health (population medicine, ECVPH diplomate). Other areas with demonstrable experience are data management/analysis, risk assessment, one health matters (evaluation of national/EU frameworks, assessment exercises etc.) and feed efficiency .
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and beyond and enable researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any science and technology field by sharing them with their peers. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research, innovation and careers.
The BETTER COST Action CA20103 will evaluate how biosecurity is currently used and will use participative approaches to understand motivators and barriers for biosecurity implementation.
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