Keynote Presenters' Short Bios


Stef Bronzwaer, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, IT

small Stef BRONZWAER 9 croppedStef Bronzwaer is a medical doctor who serves as a Research Coordinator at the European Food Safety Authority in Parma, Italy. His domains of expertise include One Health, scientific cooperation, antimicrobial resistance surveillance, research, communicable diseases and food safety. He has previously worked in the Infectious Disease Unit of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, Italy, and in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands, where he helped establish the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS). Before he joined EFSA in 2006, he worked at the European Commission in Luxembourg where he held responsibility for the proper functioning and coherence of a number of European surveillance networks on communicable diseases and coordinated the implementation of the Community strategy against antimicrobial resistance. 

Annemarie Rebel, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute, Wageningen University and Research, NL

Picture1 Rebel croppedAnnemarie Rebel holds a special chair as professor at the Adaptation Physiology group, she studies resilience of animals, the possibility to optimize the intrinsic capacities will lead to animals that are able to cope with challenges. At present, she is chairperson of the Netherlands Centre or One Health (NCOH), a collaboration in which several scientific partners in human and animal health participate to improve research in the area of One Health, both in a national and international context.

Annemarie gained my doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam for the human medicine subject ‘Recurrence rate of bladder cancer’. Subsequently did research at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on metastasis of prostate cancer. Following a switch to research in livestock she started at Infection Biology within the Central Veterinary Institute.  As head of the department of animal health and welfare at Wageningen University and Research she was responsible for research into the interaction between animals and the environment, such as nutrition, pathogens, microbiome, and stress. With the aim to improve animal health, intestinal health and welfare.

Raf Aerts, Part-time Professor, KU Leuven and part-time researcher Sciensano, Belgian One Health Institute.

SciensOrgRA croppedRaf Aerts holds a Master and a PhD (2006) in bioscience engineering in land and forest management from KU Leuven.  For his PhD he investigated the restoration ecology of dry Afromontane forest in Ethiopia.  Recently Raf obtained a second PhD, in biomedical sciences (2022), from Hasselt University and Maastricht University with a dissertation on green space and biodiversity in relation to health in Belgium.

Raf Aerts is currently an environmental epidemiologist at Sciensano, the Belgian OneHealth institute, and is a part-time professor in biodiversity and health at the Biology Department of KU Leuven.  Raf also serves as an officer with the Belgian Armed Forces and in that capacity helps to design sustainable management plans to conserve and restore the exceptional biodiversity in military training areas.

Matthieu Laneuville, Program Manager AI, SURF Innovation Laboratory, Utrecht, NL

ML442019TokyoNE cropped small 2Matthieu is the program manager for AI within the innovation department of SURF. Matthieu obtained a PhD in geophysics from IPG Paris in 2023 and went on to Japan as a researcher for 7 years. During that time, as the impact of AI on research practices grew, he explored how those new methods could shed light on various research problems. Coming back to Europe, he joined SURF (the cooperative organization for in Dutch education and research), to help with the organization of their AI efforts. Since then, he helped develop public values driven AI activities for research and education.

Alistair Nolan, Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD Paris, FR.

Alistair Nolan 2019. ropped 50 pxlAlistair Nolan currently coordinates various strands of OECD work on artificial intelligence (AI), most recently on AI in science and on the diffusion of AI and other advanced technologies in the business sector. Working with a team of scientists and AI experts he edited and co-authored the 2023 OECD book Artificial Intelligence in Science: Challenges, Opportunities and the Future of Science. He is currently working on a publication reporting the findings of a new survey of AI adoption in firms in G7 countries.

Prior to the OECD, Mr. Nolan spent nine years with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation working on technical assistance and policy analysis to support industrial development in Africa and Latin America.

John Walker, Emerging Tech Advisor, SURF Innovation Laboratory, Utrecht, NL.

walker headshot 3 croppedJohn Walker is an emerging technologies advisor at SURF investigating the role of new technologies in education and research. His educational background follows from the University of Montana to the University of Twente on the philosophical explorations of technologies in science, society, and design. John’s work on AI and XR reveal considerations for responsible technological advancements, placing emphasis on ethical considerations. At SURF, John’s work focuses on the importance of aligning technological innovations with our public values and responsibilities.

Robbert Boudewijns, One Health Institute, KU Leuven, BE

RobbertAfter a Master’s in biochemistry & biotechnology, Robbert Boudewijns obtained his PhD in biomedical sciences in the field of virology and vaccine design, at the Rega Institute of KU Leuven. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was involved in setting up a small animal model for pre-clinical development of COVID-19 biologicals, and characterizing the innate immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection in this model.

Since 2022, he is coordinator of One Health activities at KU Leuven, where he is leading the effort of setting up a One Health institute, to strengthen transdisciplinary collaboration across the university and beyond.

Susanna Sternberg-Lewerin, SLU Future One Health, SLU Future One Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE

Sanna croppedVeterinarian, who after a few years of clinical practice, moved into research and work on national level. PhD in Veterinary Bacteriology, EBVS Specialist in Veterinary Public Health. Professor in Epizootiology & Disease Control. Has worked as an expert on animal disease control and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at Swedish and EU level. Conducts research on contagious animal diseases and AMR in Sweden, Europe and Africa. Teaches disease control, veterinary public health and One Health to veterinary and animal science students in SLU as well as in some programmes in other universities. Since 2021 programme director of the transdisciplinary research platform SLU Future One Health.