Dr. Pascal Boireau, director of the Laboratory for Animal Health at Maison Alfort, ANSES, France
Mycorrhizae, potential players in the agroecological transition?

Pascal Boireau is a veterinarian, General Inspector in Public Health, with a doctorate in the virology field and an authorization to direct research in France and China. After 8 years of work on coronavirus, feline leukemia virus and canine parvovirus, he turned to the field of foodborne parasites. In 1998, he initiated the first mixed research unit (UMR BIPAR) at Anses with an INRAe label and a team from the National Alfort veterinary school on parasitic and pathogenic diseases transmitted by ticks. P Boireau was coordinator of >10 research contracts at the international level with European, Mexican and Chinese partners. Among them were TRICHIPORSE and TRICHIMED (EU contracts) to offer new diagnostic tools for the control of Trichinella infections in mammals. He was named Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Bucharest in May 2004. He was successively President of the French Society of Parasitology, Vice-President of the World Society of parasitology, Vice-President of the scientific committee of the High Council of Biotechnologies and President of the scientific committee of GIS IBISA (national platforms). Pascal Boireau was also deputy director of the animal health department (INRAe) then director of the animal health laboratory (2007-2023) dedicated to fight against the main animal pests and zoonoses in France. He is involved in more than 120 international articles (MEDLINE), more than 60 various national publications, 2 international patents and has organized numerous congresses. His expertise on GMOs for more than 30 years allows him to be involved in different structures in France to give advice in this area. The major theme of interest (DIM) of the Île-de-France Province “One Health” was initiated and coordinated by Pascal Boireau to support infectious diseases in this territory for 5 years (2016-2021). This project was renewed in 2022. Pascal Boireau is presently Visiting Professor at the University of Jilin (China). ((Google Scholar; Researchgate ; https://www.dim1health.com)


Prof. Thiago Gumiere, Laval university, Québec
The Role of Agricultural Practices in Rhizobacteria Recruitment

Dr. Thiago Gumiere is an Agronomic Engineer and Soil Scientist with a solid background in his field. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture in 2010, followed by a Master's degree in 2013 and a Ph.D. in 2017. His postdoctoral research was conducted at the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS) in Quebec City, Canada, where he was awarded the "Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students" by the Québec Research Fund - Nature and Technologies. Since 2019, Dr. Gumiere has served as an adjunct professor at Laval University in Canada, focusing on Microbiology, Biochemistry, and soil health. His research primarily investigates soil microbiology and cropping systems, aiming to identify bacterial isolates that support plant growth and beneficial microbial communities in agriculture. Currently, Dr. Gumiere leads several projects, including studies on mycorrhizal symbiosis to enhance nutrition and stress tolerance in potatoes and the impact of farming practices on microbial communities, soil health, and water quality in the Castor River area. He has published 24 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters, receiving over 780 citations for his work. Dr. Gumiere's research contributes significantly to the understanding and improvement of soil health and agricultural sustainability.


Prof. Anissa Lounès, University of Littoral Côte d’Opale, France
Mycorrhizae, potential players in the agroecological transition?

Prof. Anissa LOUNES – HADJ SAHRAOUI works at the University of Littoral Côte d’Opale (ULCO), Calais, France. She is the team leader of «Plant-Fungi Interactions and Remediation» laboratory at Environmental Chemistry and Interactions on the Living Unit (UCEIV). Her research activities focus on the phytomanagement of polluted soils and on the biocontrol of plant diseases, using Plant Growth Promoting Microbes (PGPM) potential, in particular arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Her investigations, carried out from the laboratory scale to field, aim at a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in phytoremediation and in plant defense by using cytological, biochemical and molecular approaches. She develops new channels for valorising biomass produced on polluted soils and studies the influence of phytotechnologies on soil risk assessment and refunctioning through microbiome analysis. She supervised more than 20 PhD thesis and published more than 110 scientific articles.


Prof. Luis Nero, Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil
Antimicrobial resistance in the production chain of animal origin foods

Luís Augusto Nero, DVM, PhD in Food Science, is a full professor from Federal University of Viçosa, teaching classes on Food Inspection and Food Microbiology. Researcher on food microbiology, president of the Brazilian Association for Food Protection, and vice-president of the Brazilian Society of Microbiology


Dr. Todd Callaway, University of Georgia, USA



Dr. Benoit Chassaing, Institut Cochin, France
Host-Microbiota interaction: a personalized point of view

Dr. Benoit Chassaing obtained his PhD in microbiology at the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France), identifying factors involved in the virulence of adherent and invasive Escherichia coli strains (pathovar involved in the etiology of Crohn's disease). Following his PhD defense, he then joined Georgia State University to work with Dr. Andrew T. Gewirtz on various subjects related to mucosal immunology, trying to decipher how genetic and environmental factors can perturb intestinal microbiota composition in a detrimental way, leading to intestinal inflammation.

Currently research director, his laboratory is part of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) at Institut Pasteur and focus on understanding how environmental factors are involved in shaping detrimental microbiota, with a particular focus on intestinal inflammation and metabolic deregulations.


Dr. Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liege, Belgium
Learning networks : a different take on One Health Intelligence

Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux (DVM, MSc, PhD) developed a track of research and teaching focused on integrated approaches to health, mainly mobilizing the One Health concept. Through collaborations in the Global South, his research interests more particularly cover the use of participatory approaches in the analysis of decision-making and organizations to enable interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaborations, also contributing to the development of tools in support of this process (evaluation frameworks, serious games, training methods). As coordinator of the postgraduate master program in Integrated Management of Health Risks (University of Liege, Free University of Brussels, University of Namur), in collaboration with international partners, he is particularly committed to the practical translation into action of the conceptual foundations of One Health.


Dr. Aurélie Pelfrêne, Associate Professor in Environmental Toxicology at LGCgE-JUNIA, France
Oral bioaccessibility of metal(loid)s in soils as a relevant indicator for the health-environment link

Over the last 15 years, she dedicated her research to the impact of metallic pollutants on humans. Her research interest is based on the assessment of human exposure through ingestion and inhalation of soil particles and dust, and consumption of homegrown vegetables cultivated in contaminated soils. Her works take into account the metal(loid) bioaccessibility to promote more proportionate and cost-effective remediation of contaminated land. She is a member of Bioaccessibility Research Group of Europe, working to develop harmonized protocols for bioaccessibility testing; member of the editorial board of EGAH journal; Anses expert in the “Guide value for indoor dust” WG; expert in the AFNOR X31SOLS Commission and in ISO/TC 190/SC 7/WG 4 “Human exposure”; and author of around 45 scientific papers in refereed journals.


Dr. Thibault Dumas, CEA & Paris-Saclay University, France

Thibaut Dumas is an early-career scientist with a solid expertise in multi-omics approaches. He obtained a Master’s degree in ecotoxicology from Angers University, France, and completed his PhD in 2020 at Montpellier University, France. His research focuses on understanding the impacts of emerging contaminants, particularly pharmaceutical products, on the health of marine organisms (Mytilus spp.) using –omics approaches. He developed a metabolomics approach combined with proteogenomics to elucidate the mechanisms of action of contaminants, whether acting alone or in combination. His proficiency in targeted and non-targeted analysis employing high-resolution mass spectrometry has also facilitated the characterization of the chemical exposome of Mytilus spp.

Currently, he holds a postdoctoral position at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). He leverages the internationally recognized expertise in metaproteomics from Jean Armengaud's team to investigate the dynamics of the gut microbiota of the sentinel species Gammarus fossarum, a freshwater amphipod, in response to contaminants exposure. Through this research, he has provided innovative insights into the interactions between the host, the microbiota, and the environment within this species. He recently showcased advancements in technological and methodological approaches for the functional analysis of microbiomes, published in the Microbiome journal.


Dr. Jean-Michel Savoie, INRAe, Bordeaux, France
Moulds and mycotoxins along the cereal value chain: from plant health to human health

Dr. Jean-Michel Savoie, a graduate of the University of Lyon I, is Director of Research at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE). His scientific career has focused on the study of interactions between fungal organisms and other biotic components of their environment. For many years, his work has focused on growing substrates, pathology and the genetics of cultivated edible fungi. Since 2010, he has focused on mycotoxin-producing fungi in cereals, from field to table. He works in the Mycology and Food Safety research unit, of which he was director from 2008 to 2020.

Currently, Jean-Michel Savoie is co-leader of a mixed technology network that addresses scientific and technical issues relating to the various chemical contaminations, of natural or anthropogenic origin, that can affect the sanitary quality of food, in a context of changing agricultural and agro-industrial practices and climate change. The RMT Al-Chimie brings together stakeholders from different sectors along the food production chain.

He is also leading two ANR projects dedicated to the storage of cereals in underground structures and the preservation of their safety.


Prof. Marc André Selosse, MNHN, France
Plant-microbes interactions in One Health



Prof. Djamel Drider, UMRT 1158 BioEcoAgro, Université de Lille, France

Dr Djamel Drider received a PhD in Food Science with emphasis in microbiology from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier, France, and then he completed a postdoctoral position at the CIB-CSIC (Madrid, Spain) and Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New-York University (USA) where he received a training on mRNA stability in Gram-positive bacteria. Djamel joined ONIRIS-Nantes as Associate Professor in Microbiology and then he joined the University of Lille as Full-Professor in Microbiology. Djamel’s research is devoted to beneficial microorganisms, antimicrobial peptides namely bacteriocins for cognitive and applications purposes. Djamel has currently more than 155 published papers, 15 book chapters and 10 patents approved or pending.


Dr. Frédéric Borges, Lorraine University, france
Microbiome engineering for food biopreservation​​​​​​​

After obtaining a PhD in 2005 on the genetics of Streptococcus thermophilus from the University Henri Poincaré in Nancy, France, Frédéric Borges pursued a postdoctoral position at the University of Ulm in Germany from 2005 to 2007, to decipher the adhesion factors of Streptococcus agalactiae. Since 2007, he has served as a research associate developing his research in food microbiology at the Laboratory of Biomolecular Engineering LIBio, and teaching microbiology, biotechnology, and statistics at ENSAIA - University of Lorraine. His research activities focus on the engineering of fermented food ecosystems, with the primary objective of developing innovative strategies for manipulating microbial community cultures of interest to the food industry. With a particular emphasis on biopreservation, his research aims to improve food safety and prolong shelf-life, thereby contributing to the reduction of food waste.


Prof Theeshan Bahorun, MRIC, Ile Maurice

Professor Theesan BAHORUN PhD GOSK is the Executive Director of Mauritius Research & Innovation Council (MRIC) and holds a personal Chair in Applied Biochemistry at the University of Mauritius. He previously occupied the position of National Research and Innovation Chair and headed the ANDI Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research. He has more than 25 years of experience in biomedical research on bioactive components of dietary/plant based factors, functional foods, oxidative stress mechanisms, molecular nutrition, chemopreventive strategies in diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular dysfunctions and clinical research. He is the author/co-author of more than 260 peer reviewed publications and communications.

In 2010 he was awarded the CV Raman Senior Fellowship for African researchers by the Government of India. In 2013 he received the Best Mauritian Scientist Award. He has been elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK) on 12 March 2015 by the Government of Mauritius for his contribution to Scientific Research and Education. In 2019 he received the Excellent Educationist and Outstanding Scientist awards by the Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur, India.


Dr. Robbert Boudewijns– Research Manager, Leuven One Health, KU Leuven, Belgium
Leuven One Health – operationalizing One Health at the university level

Robbert Boudewijns holds a Master’s degree in biochemistry & biotechnology, and 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 biologicals, and innate immune response characterization to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Since 2022, dr. Boudewijns is coordinator of One Health activities at KU Leuven, where he led the effort of setting up Leuven One Health, the KU Leuven institute for One Health, to strengthen transdisciplinary collaboration across the university and beyond. He is currently research manager of Leuven One Health, and representative for KU Leuven in the One Health focus area of the Una Europa university alliance.