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Invitation to Professor Tine Hald’s inaugural lecture

Wednesday 11 May 16


Tine Hald
National Food Institute
+45 35 88 70 94


For academic questions:
Professor Tine Hald

For practical questions about the event:
Secretary Kirsten Becker Hansen
The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting Professor Tine Hald’s inaugural lecture on Friday 3 June 2016. Tine Hald will give a lecture on background, status and prospects of her research in a lecture entitled ‘Translating science into public health action: The valley of death’.

Epidemiology has an important role in translating scientific knowledge and results into public health action aimed at preventing and controlling zoonoses and foodborne diseases. Zoonoses are illnesses that can transfer from animals and food to humans.

This particular part of epidemiology is sometimes referred to as “the valley of death”, because people are virtually dying in the often long period between scientific findings of causal relationships to the point where public health action is taken. 

One reason is that it typically requires a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary effort, where many considerations besides the actual scientific results need be taken before preventive measures can be implemented. In addition, translational epidemiology is not an exact science, but usually involves a certain degree of uncertainty meaning that the effect of the proposed measures is difficult to predict. 

This will be the focus of Tine Hald’s inaugural lecture entitled ‘Translating science into public health action: The valley of death’ and is held in English.

The lecture will give examples on how we for some areas within zoonoses and foodborne diseases have contributed to bridge the translation gap, and discuss how we may address the future challenges we are facing in the quest for safe food and sustainable solutions in an increasingly complex world.


See the invitation (pdf) from the National Food Institute’s director, Christine Nellemann.


Friday 3 June from 15.00 to 16.00 followed by a reception.


DTU Lyngby Campus
Meeting room M1
Building 101A, first floor
Anker Engelundsvej 1
2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Due to a limit on the number of participants and for refreshment arrangements we ask that you register by Tuesday 31 May 2016. Please register for the lecture via the National Food Institute’s website.