The increasing food demand of a growing world population and the pressure of new emerging diseases in humans and animals are among the biggest challenges for human societies in the future.
For the adequate supply of safe and healthy food of animal origin it is of eminent importance to understand how an animal is shaped by the joint interplay of its genes, genome and environment and to understand the complex responses to changes influenced by the interaction with other systems.
Transition towards sustainable animal production systems that deal more efficiently with the available resources
Controlling the risks of disease outbreaks and reducing endemic infectious diseases, which are crucial to food security, public health, climate change and biodiversity (Global One Health)
Understanding and modelling the reactions in complex biological systems, such as humans, animals and microbes, which are determined by interaction with other systems
Detailed insight in the molecular mechanisms underlying the variation in phenotypic variation in animals