Lis Alban holds a DVM and a Ph.D. in veterinary epidemiology from University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She is affiliated as a Chief Scientist with the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (DAFC). DAFC is an organization that represents the entire agricultural business of Denmark – from the farmers to the processing industry. At DAFC, she is responsible for the conduct of risk assessments primarily within food safety. Moreover, she undertakes epidemiological investigations and risk factor studies. Her main interest is surveillance and control of Salmonella, Trichinella, and residues of antimicrobials in meat. Moreover, modernization of meat inspection is an area of active research.

She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Copenhagen. Her concurrent involvement in both academia and industry allows her to focus on identifying intelligent solutions to the challenges in meat production often in collaboration with stakeholders, academic partners and the veterinary services. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health as well as the European College of Porcine Health Management. Lis Alban has been involved in the organization of Safepork conferences for many years.



Veterinary clinical microbiologist specialised in antibiotic resistance and antibiotic therapy. He graduated in veterinary medicine at Pisa University in 1994 and obtained his PhD in microbiology at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark in 2000. Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) since 2005. After 20 years at University of Copenhagen, in November 2015 he was appointed as Professor of Clinical Microbiology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St Kitts. His research focuses on any aspects of antibiotic resistance, from origin and evolution to antimicrobial drug discovery with over 130 peer-reviewed articles (H-index 38). Among his honorary offices, he is founder and chair of the ESCMID Study Group of Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM), and founder and member of the Veterinary Committee for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (VetCAST). 


Senior Researcher// Research Group for Risk-Benefit// National Food Institute// Technical University of Denmark

Maarten Nauta is a mathematical biologist and obtained his PhD in Evolutionary Genetics at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. For more than ten years he worked at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands, where he specialised in quantitative microbiological risk assessment and the development of methods for “farm to fork” risk assessments. Early 2009 he became senior scientist at the National Food Institute of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Alongside method development, his reasearch activities focused on quantitative risk assessment for Campylobacter in broiler meat and Salmonella in pork. Since early 2015 he is part of the newly established Risk Benefit research group at the National Food Institute.

Maarten is the (co-) author of more than 80 scientific publications. Besides his research and advisory work for national and international organisations (including FAO/WHO, EFSA and ILSI), he is supervisor of MSc students, PhD students and post docs and teaches microbiological risk assessment at the University and for food safety professionals worldwide. 



Sara Pires’ main research area is the burden and control of foodborne diseases. She has focused on developing methods for attributing the burden of foodborne diseases to the responsible sources, on surveillance of foodborne hazards, and on microbial risk assessment. She has developed source attribution methods for Denmark, and developed or assisted the development of methods for other European and non-European countries. Currently, Sara Pires leads the Danish initiative to estimate the burden of food-associated diseases in Denmark. She is a member of the WHO’s initiative to estimate the global burden of foodborne diseases (Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)) and of the Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN), and has been involved in other international projects, namely the EU’s network of excellence Med Vet Net, and EFSA working groups.

PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, entitled “Attributing human salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis to food, animal and environmental sources”.
D.V.M., Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Employment and professional activities
Senior Researcher at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.
2006 –2013
Researcher at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.
2005 - 2006
Research assistant at the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (DFVF), Denmark.
Research assistant at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon, Portugal.


Nutritional Research Institute in Lima, Peru (July 2013).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Enteric Disease Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Georgia (January to June 2008).
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Laboratory of Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology Bilthoven, The Netherlands (February to April 2007).
Swiss Federal Veterinary Office (1st of June to 30th of July 2005).


Co-supervisor for 4 PhD students