Dr. MARISA ARIAS (INIA-CISA, Valdeolmos, Spain)
Since 2005 she got the position as Technical Director of the Animal Health Research Centre (INIA-CISA, SPAIN) belonging to Instituto Nacuional de Investiqación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria. Dr. Arias is Director of the EU Reference Laboratory for African swine fever (ASF), and for the Reference Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for ASF. Throughout her career, Dr. Arias has been concerned in over seventy two National and EC-funded R&D projects and Agreements for Scientific and Technical cooperation with National and international Institutions and Companies. She has contributed with more than a hundred scientific and technical publications. She has got three national scientific awards for outstanding research, and a merit for the activity research. She has participated often in the capacity of Coordinator and/or Director in over fifty six international Courses on Animal Health organized in Europe, and Central and South America with a special relevance in the last years to ASF.