UCD professor elected Chair of European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Committee

Posted 19 September, 2018

  • Professor Simon More elected to chair the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Authority.
  • The panel provides independent scientific advice to support the broad remit of the agency.

University College Dublin professor Simon More has been elected to chair the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Authority.

Voted to lead the 16-strong committee, Prof More will hold the position for the next three years.

Working to protect consumers from risks associated with the food chain, the EFSA’s work underpins the basis for EU legislation.

It relies on the Scientific Committee to provide independent scientific advice to support the broad remit of the agency.

Earlier this year, over 170 top scientific experts from across the European Union were selected to become EFSA panel members after a lengthy screening process.

The Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Impact at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, Prof More also leads Ireland's national centre for animal disease control, the UCD Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis.  

From 2009 to 2018 the UCD academic was a member and then chair of the EFSA’s Animal Health and Welfare Panel.

During this period, he provided scientific advice on a range of animal health and welfare issues, including African Swine Fever and Bovine tuberculosis.

A graduate from University of Sydney and James Cook University of North Queensland, Prof More is a specialist within the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Epidemiology.

He is also a member of the European College of Veterinary Public Health and the European College of Bovine Health Management.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations