Smaragda Sotiraki

Veterinary Research Institute

Topic: Vector Borne Diseases: an expanding Health Threat for Animals and Humans

Dr Smaragda Sotiraki is a Research Director and leads a research group on Parasitology and Parasitic diseases at the Veterinary Research Institute of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization (HAO-DEMETER) which is the National Body conducting Research in the field of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Greece. She is Researcher in the field of Parasitology focusing her R&D activities on epidemiology of parasitic infections, integrated disease management (including antiparasitic treatments and alternatives solutions) and spread of parasitic zoonoses. Those activities involve production animals companion animals and often humans fully serving the one-health principle.

She is also a de facto member of the European College for Veterinary Parasitology currently (since May 2018) serving as Secretary of the EVPC Board. Since 2019 she is also serving as a Chair of the Scientific Council of VRI.

Dr Sotiraki has over 20 years R&D and teaching experience in parasitology and health management and he has produced over eighty-five peer-reviewed scientific publications in well recognized journals with a noteworthy number of citations (h index 23). Most of her research activities are realized through funded research projects (on a National and International basis). Overall, she has participated in more than 30 (coordinating most of them) major R&D programmes from which she gained significant managerial experience.