Dr Flavie Vial

Data Scientist, #WomeninSTEM

For the last 10 years, I have been providing intelligence on emerging issues in the environmental, agricultural and veterinary public health sectors. My strengths reside in my ability to bridge the gap between statistics and their applications to derive evidence for real world problems to decision makers.

When not debugging R code, I can usefully be found running around York with my dog Alf or attempting to beat my son at Pokémon.

I am a member of the WISE campaign to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Some of the free time I have is spent volunteering with Age UK and their Keep your Pet scheme.

Short CV (read more about specific expertise here)

I currently work as a statistician for the National Wildlife Management Centre within the Animal and Plant Health Agency. My role is to provide statistical advice, support and consultancy to the formulation and implementation of a range of DEFRA policies. My projects cover critical areas such as bovine tuberculosis control in wildlife, parasitology and invasive species management. I also sit on the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body, critically assessing research involving animals that is not covered by the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and the application of the 3R’s (Reduction, Refinement and Replacement) in the proposed work.

Prior to this, I worked as a research associate for the Veterinary Public Health Institute in Switzerland (2011-2015); for the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London (2010-2011); and for the African Research Consortium on Population and Ecosystem Health (2010) in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2016, I was also successful in getting a prestigious 6-months internship with the Office of the Chief Scientist at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Sweden. It is while living in Stockholm that I founded my consulting business Epi-Connect . I worked for private companies, international organisations and academic institutions to optimise the health of farm animals in a manner that protects human health and enhances the food-producing industry’s productivity. You can still read about the consulting services I continue to offer (on a smaller scale) on here.

I obtained my PhD from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. The goal of my PhD research was to inform the development of protocols within Bale Mountains National Park in Ethiopia to enable the adaptive management of pastoral grazing pressure so as to ensure the stability of important trophic interactions.