EURO Excellence in Practice Award 2021

The winners of the 2021 EURO Excellence in Practice Award are:

Gilberto Montibeller, Management Science and Operations Group, Loughborough University

L. Alberto Franco, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

Improving Global Risk Management of Emerging Health Threats with Facilitated Decision Analysis

The EEPA 2021 jury consisted of John Poppelaars (chair), Ruth Kaufman, Geir Hasle, Tobias Achterberg and Bahar Yetis Kara.

The award was presented at the closing session of the EURO 2021 Conference in Athens (Greece).

Emerging health threats, such as the Coronavirus global pandemic, create extensive health, economic and social problems. A key challenge for health experts and policy makers is deciding how to balance and reduce the risk of these threats. This research project on facilitated decision analysis for emerging health threats underpinned the development and implementation of innovative decision models and enhanced decision processes in two global organisations. The use of these operational research models and processes by health experts and policymakers achieved the following impacts: (i) enhanced the quality of health experts’ recommendations to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs leadership in the prioritisation of animal and human emerging health threats; and, (ii) informed new international standards for the Food Standards joint programmes of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

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