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Epi-Connect / Flavie Vial

Flavie is an epidemiologist and applied biostatistician with over seven years of experience in the animal health and animal production industries. She started her career modelling infectious diseases and control strategies in wildlife before specialising in the development of statistical methods in response to emerging issues in the environmental, agricultural and health sciences. Her strengths reside in her ability to bridge the gap between statistics and their applications to provide decision-makers with the evidence they need. Flavie graduated from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow with a PhD in Ecology & Environmental Biology. She subsequently worked as a research associate for the Veterinary Public Health Institute in Switzerland (2011-2015); for the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London (2010-2011); and for the African Research Consortium on Population and Ecosystem Health (2010) in Côte d'Ivoire.
Now based in Sweden, she founded Epi-Connect in 2016 where she works with private companies, governments, international organisations and academic institutions to optimise the health of farm animals in a manner that protects human health and enhances the food-producing industry’s productivity. Epi-Connect’s wide-ranging skills in data analytics and visualisation add value to SAFOSO’s know-how of risk-assessment and disease/hazard management. Flavie was part of the team of researchers analysing data from the Randomised Badger Culling Trial, one of the largest epidemiological field trial ever conducted in the UK, quantifying the outcomes of bovine tuberculosis control strategies using individual herd data and measures of local risk. As an example of services provided by Epi-Connect, Flavie provided support to the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office in conceptualising a veterinary syndromic surveillance system for the early detection of livestock disease outbreaks in Switzerland. Very active in the animal and human disease surveillance fields, she has been the Chair of the Research Awards Committee for the International Society for Disease Surveillance since 2014. The awards recognise disease surveillance scientists and professionals for contributions to their fields of research.
She has been teaching introductory courses to statistics and epidemiological modelling in both French and English in a variety of classroom settings, from crowded classrooms in rural Tanzania during an power blackout to less exotic settings at the university of Bern. Epi-Connect likes to share their passion of biostatistics and data science with others.
Epi-Connect  has worked with many people on the farm-to-fork spectrum including farmers, veterinarians, slaughterhouses, pathology institutes, laboratories and official veterinary services. And they look forward to working with many more alongside SAFOSO!