Professor Herman Goossens graduated as MD in 1982 at the Free University of Brussels. He is Professor of Microbiology at the UA and Director of the Dept. of Clinical Pathology of the University Hospital, Antwerp. Prof. Goossens holds several expert positions in Belgium, the EU, The US, and the WHO. Professor Goossens has more than 600 papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Prof. Goossens was elected chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is the initiator of the annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day. With his translational research, he seeks to enhance the standard of healthcare quality, public health and professional standards. Prof. Goossens is a popular resource person and opinion leader, much sought after by local and international media for views on matters related to public health and infectious diseases.