The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has appointed Carlos Gonçalo das Neves as its new chief scientist.
A Portuguese and Norwegian national who is currently director of research and internationalisation at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) and professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), das Neves will take up his new role at the start of November 2022.
He previously served as head of virology and head of food safety and emerging threats at the NVI. Holding a PhD in veterinary science, his areas of research and teaching include animal health, biodiversity, emerging threats, and One Health.
EFSA’s executive director, Bernhard Url, said the appointee's international experience will be a "strong asset" for the Parma-based organization in its mission to build lasting partnerships in the fields of food safety, One Health and sustainability.
The Authority's previous chief scientist, Marta Hugas, retired earlier this year.
Das Neves is charged with shaping the EU risk assessor's scientific strategy and acting as the Authority’s scientific ambassador, fostering cooperation and innovation both inside and outside EFSA.
Photo Credit: Eivind Røhne, The Norwegian Veterinary Institute