Herman Goossens

Professor of Microbiology, University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium

Dr Herman Goossens received several honours and awards, including the American APUA (Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics). He has published more than 500 full papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is the Founder Chair of the Belgian Antibiotic Policy Co-ordination Committee (BAPCOC). He was the Founding Coordinator of the European Surveillance of Antibiotic Consumption (ESAC) project (moved to ECDC in July 2011).

He currently coordinates several EC funded projects, such as the Platform for European Preparedness Against (Re-) emerging Epidemics (PREPARE), LAB-Net of the Combating Bacterial Resistance in Europe project (COMBACTE) and New Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases (ND4ID). He is the founder of the annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD). Herman Goossens was elected chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance by his peers. His professional goal is to bridge the gap between basic and clinical research, with a major focus on antibiotic resistance, to enhance the standard of healthcare, public health and professional standards, for the good of the public in large. He is a popular resource person and opinion leader, much sought after by local and international media for views on matters related to public health and infectious diseases.