Jan De Waele is a surgery-trained intensivist at the dept. of Intensive Care Medicine of the Ghent University Hospital, full professor at Ghent University and Senior Clinical Investigator at the Flanders Research Foundation. His research activities focus on optimizing antibiotic therapy in severely ill infected patients, with specific interest in PK/PD, therapeutic drug monitoring of antibiotics as well as antimicrobial stewardship. Interests also include abdominal infections, source control and sepsis management. He serves as Associate Editor at the Journal of Critical Care. Furthermore he is the past chairman of the ESICM Research Committee (2018-2021), and the 2022-2024 ESICM President-Elect.