Marc Souris is Director of Research (Emeritus) at the "Institut de Recherche pour le Développement" (IRD), and a member of the IRD-AMU-INSERM UMR 190 UVE "Emerging Viruses Unit". A mathematician and computer scientist, his work focuses mainly on information sciences applied to geography and epidemiology. The author of numerous scientific articles, software programmes and books, he has taught the fundamentals of geomatics and spatial analysis for epidemiology and health geography. Marc Souris has also been involved in France's scientific diplomacy in Southeast Asia as IRD's representative in Laos and Cambodia.