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Dr. Michaelidou-Canna is a chemist who graduated from the University of Athens with a PhD in pesticides and also holds a Diploma in Management from Henley, UK. She recently retired from the positions of Acting Permanent Secretary of the Cypriot Ministry of Health and Director of the State General Laboratory after serving for 41 years in the Government. She is currently President of the Committee on Environment and Children’s Health. She played an important role in the adaptation of Cyprus to the EU system, the development of food safety and environment health policies in Cyprus, the upgrade of control and risk assessment systems, and the development of communication strategies. She is an expert in food safety and has participated in WHO and EU Working Groups on water, pesticides and dioxins/persistent organic pollutants (POPs). She is a former member of EFSA’s Scientific Panel on Plant Production Products and their Residues and Advisory Forum. An expert in the field of environment and health, Dr. Michaelidou-Canna is a member of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) and former member of the EU Consultative Forum and the EURO/WHO Environment-Health Committee. Since 2000, her interest has focused on the impact of chemicals on children. She has gained wide EU/international experience working with leading multicultural and multidisciplinary groups, including her role as Vice-President of the International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (INTAS) and the Mediterranean Scientific Association for Environmental Protection (MESAEP). She has chaired or participated in EU Framework Programmes, the Marie Curie scientific exchange programmes, the European Science Foundation, the European Council and EU Committees. Dr. Michaelidou-Canna’s scientific/managerial philosophy is characterised by the principles of prevention, interdisciplinary integration and a holistic approach as well as the need to transfer scientific outcome into tools for science-based management and practical public information.