Dirk Poelaert is a MD and is currently working in the European Regional Medical Team of GSK Vaccines in Wavre, Belgium. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. He was during several years a local medical director in Belgium where he was responsible for clinical development, pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs, medical affairs and medical governance. He joined GSK Vaccines 15 years ago and was for more than 5 years the global medical lead of influenza vaccines (seasonal, pandemic and pre-pandemic influenza vaccines). For the last 10 years he is supporting the vaccines business in Europe where he developed also a special interest in science communication.