Continuing our One Health series and also marking World Wildlife Day, we hear from Flavie Vial, APHA’s Lead Scientist for Wildlife, as she highlights the great work her team are involved in to keep our wildlife flourishing whilst protecting against the spread of animal-human disease.
Dr Flavie Vial has been Lead Scientist for International Development at APHA since 2021. She joined the agency as a statistician in 2017, before holding the role of Lead Scientist for Wildlife. Prior to joining the Civil Service, she held various posts in academia in the UK and Switzerland and worked as a biostatistics consultant in Sweden.
She has built her scientific career around the effective collection, integration, and interpretation of data to support decision making and policy within academia, government and international agencies. In the last fifteen years, she has used modelling to provide intelligence on emerging issues in the environmental (impact of livestock production on biodiversity and ecosystem resilience) and veterinary public health (development of early-warning surveillance systems) sectors. She currently sits as a Hearing Expert on the European Food Safety Authority’s working group on early warning surveillance in the animal health domain.
Now leading the international scientific portfolio for APHA, she works with a wide range of stakeholders overseas, in particular in low- and middle-income countries, to strategically develop and strengthen veterinary and animal health diagnostics infrastructures and capabilities. The shared goal of reducing the risk of zoonotic pandemics and protecting human populations from food system failures as a result of animal and plant disease outbreaks gives her a great sense of purpose.
Tuesday 11 February 2020, marks the fifth International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In this blog, Flavie Vial, our Lead Scientist for Wildlife, explains more about the day and asks some of our female scientists to share their personal experiences and offer advice to school-aged girls interested in STEM careers.
A lot of great science is carried out on a daily basis at APHA and our scientists relish opportunities to demonstrate that science can be exciting and easy to understand. In this three minute read, find out how our scientists enjoyed showing children at the Countryside Days event at the Great Yorkshire Showground just how fun science can be.
The Votes for Women series has now gone full circle. Our blog post sharing the achievements of female scientists at the National Wildlife Management Centre which kicked off our year-long celebration was published at the beginning of March, 100 years …
In the penultimate instalment of our Votes for Women series, we revisit the nineties and the noughties, a time when Girl Power fever hit the UK, inspired by the Spice Girls…or was it by our scientists?
The 24-30 September was Red Squirrel Awareness Week 2018, a great time to look out for distinctive russet fur, tufted ears and a twitching tail. To celebrate this iconic British mammal, APHA’s squirrel experts have written a blog post highlighting …
This instalment of our celebrating votes for women series takes us on a journey through the 1970s and 80s from the advent of the small scientific desktop computers, revolutionising the way we analysed data, to the first cases of “mad …
Our August instalment of the celebrating votes for women series introduces some of the agency's women scientists in the 1950s and 1960s and how their work in the fields of bacteriology and virology, in particular, contributed to a new understanding of many diseases of economic, zoonotic and political importance.
Our next instalment in our celebrating votes for women series explores the career of Connie Ford, one of the UK’s first female vets in the early 1930s.
April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness month! Charlotte Cook and Flavie Vial share with us one of the many ways mathematics is used within APHA to inform decision-making.
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