European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy

Stef Bronzwaer works at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), initially on the monitoring of antimicrobial resistance and food-borne outbreaks, later to lead the scientific cooperation with the Member States, and now as EFSA’s Research Coordinator: informing research agendas, promoting food research opportunities, and coordinating EFSA’s research involvement.

He graduated as medical doctor at the University of Amsterdam and completed his PhD at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). As a medical doctor he worked shortly at the Social Medical Centre ‘Bukas Palad’ in a slum-area near Manila, the Philippines. He then moved to the Infectious disease unit of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, Italy, where he worked as project manager of an EU-project on communicable diseases.

From 1998 to 2002 he worked in the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), where he helped establish the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS), as project leader. From 2002 to 2005 he worked at the European Commission in Luxembourg where he held responsibility for several European surveillance networks on communicable diseases and followed the implementation of the Community strategy against antimicrobial resistance.