During her time in academia dr. Bloomfield's research interests were mainly concerned with the study of antimicrobial agents used in the community and in medicine. Most particularly, she was involved in studying the molecular and physiological basis for the development of resistance to antimicrobial agents. During her time in academia she was also involved in a range of projects studying the role of hygiene, including the role of cleaning and disinfection, in preventing the spread of infectious disease in the hospital, food processing, domestic and other environments. Dr. Bloomfield's role at Unilever Research was involved with raising awareness of the importance of hygiene in the domestic setting largely through the development of the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH) (www.ifh-homehygiene.org)
Dr. Meyer supports product development and technical service in terms of product efficacy and application testing. He develops test strategies for screening and confirmatory testing and is further in charge of interpreting results and approving claims. Dr. Meyer is actively involved in scientific publications and committee work. In addition to that, he is a respected lecturer in international events in the EMEA region. An important part of Dr. Meyer’s work consists of cooperation with the Regulatory Affairs team when registering new biocides, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He also supports Regulatory Affairs in advocacy for guideline development to ensure compliance of products.
Dr. John Hines gained his PhD in Chemistry from Oxford University before joining Unilever as a research scientist.
Working first in the Laundry category, John lead teams in research and new product development for famous brands such as Persil and Surf, including two years in The Netherlands.
As R&D Operations Manager for Dove, John pioneered innovation strategy and "product philosophy", including the development of Dove's widely acknowledged stances on real care and sustainability.
In 2008, John left Unilever to take up a new challenge with CERAM Research heading the Consultancy business and as Chief Product & Technology Officer for the group. From 2010, John is Group R&D Director for Deb Group Ltd, the world's leading away from home skin care company.
Dirk Bockmühl studied Biology in Düsseldorf an obtained his PhD in Microbiology on the molecular pathogenicity of Candida albicans. From 2001-2010 he worked in the consumer goods industry, where he was responsible for numerous microbiological projects for cosmetics and the laundry and home care sector. In 2010 he changed to the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve, Germany, as a professor for hygiene and microbiology. From 2011-2013 he was also dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences. His research interest is in domestic hygiene, especially in the development of consumer related test methods for laundry and cleaning, and in the research on microbial communities in the domestic setting. Prof. Bockmühl is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Sepawa and a board member of the division "Chemistry of Laundering" in the German Chemical Society (GDCh).
Markus Egert studied Biology and Geoecology at the Technical University of Karlsruhe. Subsequently, he did his PhD thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg in the field of Molecular Microbial Ecology, followed by a 2-year PostDoc period at Wageningen University and the Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences focusing on Human Intestinal Microbiology. After that, he joined the Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in Düsseldorf as head of the Laboratory for Microbial Communities, where he lead projects in the fields of body malodor production and laundry hygiene. After a brief appointment as professor for Bioanalytics at Coburg University, he was appointed as professor for Microbiology & Hygiene at Furtwangen University, where he is vice dean of the faculty of Medical & Life Sciences. In addition, he is in charge of the Molecular and Technical Medicine study program. Markus´ main research interests are the human microbiome (intestinal tract, skin) and the microbiome of the built environment of humans.
Rowshonara Syeda has gained a Masters degree in Health Psychology, following a Bachelor's degree (Hons) in Psychology. Before working at Public Health England (PHE), Rowshonara has previously worked in behaviour and mental health support in children, community pharmacy, and occupational health. Her interests lie in public health, behavioural science, and health improvement including promoting good hygiene, exercise and nutrition. Rowshonara is part of the e-Bug team at PHE who specialise in developing health educational resources that are used across Europe to teach 4-18 year olds about microbes, the spread of infection, antibiotics and vaccinations. She is currently working on projects including a European wide project that aims to change consumer behaviour around food hygiene and food safety through effective tools, communication and education.
Dr. Razenberg is director general of the NVZ, the association for manufacturers and importers of products for cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining homes, offices and public spaces. He studied chemistry in Utrecht, NL, and gained a PhD in physico-organic chemistry in 1986. After 8 years of working for Akzo Nobel he joined NVZ, where he has been director general since 2014.