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Prof. Michael Hess studied veterinary medicine and performed his post graduate education at the Institute of Poultry Diseases, Free University in Berlin. Afterwards he joined R&D at Intervet UK working on poultry viral vaccines. In 2001 he moved to the University of Veterinary Medicine,in Vienna, where he established a poultry clinic with research, diagnostic services and teaching. Since 2008 he is heading the Department for Farm Animals and Veterinary Public Health. Prof. Michael Hess has a strong interest in poultry health, the development of new protection strategies and diagnostic tools. He is a member of different scientific communities and editorial boards. He was a founder diplomate and first President of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (ECPVS). He published more than 190 peer-reviewed manuscripts and holdsvarious patents. Recently, he was awarded with the Robert Fraser Gordon Memorial Medal, a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Pannonian University in Hungary and the title Bene merito pro Facultate Medicinae Veterinariae in Varsovia, University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.