Prof. Wim H.M. van der Poel, DVM, PhD, is senior scientist at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research and special Professor of ‘Emerging and Zoonotic viruses’ at Wageningen University. He is a principal investigator within the Netherlands Centre of One Health (NCOH), member of the Project Management Board of the European Joint Program One Health and coordinator of the EPIZONE European Research Group, the network on epizootic animal diseases research. The research work of Prof. Van der Poel involves at least three main areas: New and emerging viruses, Foodborne and Zoonotic viruses, including Hepatitis E virus, and ‘Global One Health’. In the first three areas his research has primarily been focusing on the detection and characterization of viruses in the different hosting animals, as well as in food and environmental matrices. Controlling the risks of infectious diseases and chronic diseases are crucial to food security, public health, climate change and biodiversity. A Global one Health research approach is needed to achieve that.