AIM-COST Action (CA 17108) - 1st TRAINING SCHOOL (WG1)
Harmonizing Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) surveillance across Europe
Mosquito-borne diseases emerging or re-emerging in Europe are a serious cause of concern to human health. CA 17108 AIM-Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes aims at establishing a transboundary network of partners and institutions across Europe and to facilitate co-ordinated multidisciplinary research. It will identify and fill knowledge gaps, optimize and harmonize mosquito surveillance and control approaches and raise awareness on the risks caused by Aedes invasive mosquitoes. The 1st AIM-COST Training School will focus on harmonizing AIM surveillance across Europe with the goal to implement a standardized Pan-European monitoring scheme in summer 2020 and beyond.
OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING SCHOOL: Provide the theoretical basis and develop the practical skills for the implementation of harmonized AIM surveillance in Europe, with the final goal of a pan-European monitoring effort in following mosquito breeding seasons.
SPECIFIC TRAINING TOPICS ADDRESSED:
-Bionomics and history of AIMs in Europe and beyond, and health related risks (theoretical)
-Needs and requirements for appropriate and useful monitoring/surveillance schemes (theoretical)
-AIM entomological sampling approaches (theoretical and applied)
-Citizen-Science approaches for AIM monitoring and surveillance (theoretical and applied)
-AIM morphological and molecular identification methods (theoretical applied)
-Dataset structure database construction and sampling requirements (theoretical and applied)
-Data analysis, mapping and modelling (theoretical)
-Communication the stakeholders and citizen (theoretical and applied)
DETAILED PROGRAMME: soon available in www.aedescost.eu
DATE: 13-17 January 2020
TRAINING SCHOOL VENUE: Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre, Akrotiri, Cyprus
ACCOMODATION VENUE: Pefkos City Hotel, Limmasol (reserved rate: 59€/night breakfast included)
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Alessandra DELLA TORRE, University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Filiz GUNAY, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey; Kelly MARTINOU Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus & Cyprus Institute; Miguel Angel MIRANDA, University of the Balearic Island, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Dušan PETRIC, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia; Francis SCHAFFNER, Francis Schaffner Consultancy, University of Zurich, Switzerland; William WINT, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM: Kelly MARTINOU (Main Organizer), Joanna ANGELIDOU and Chris TAYLOR, Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus; Marlen VASQUEZ, Cyprus University of Technology; Kamil ERGULER, Cyprus Institute
Frederic BARTUMEUS, Centre d’Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), Blanes Girona, Spain
Romeo BELLINI, Centro Agricoltura Ambiente “G. Nicoli,” Crevalcore, Italy
Alessandra DELLA TORRE, University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Filiz GUNAY, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Kelly MARTINOU Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus & Cyprus Institute
Miguel Angel MIRANDA, University of the Balearic Island, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Dušan PETRIC, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
Francis SCHAFFNER, Francis Schaffner Consultancy, University of Zurich, Switzerland
William WINT, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
AVAILABLE TRAINING GRANTS (1.200 €/trainee, to cover: travel, accommodation, meals, local transportation): 20 trainees
ELIGIBLE TRAINEES: Trainees must be engaged in an official research programme as a Ph.D. Student or postdoctoral fellow, or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.
Trainees eligible for reimbursement:
1. Trainees from COST Full Members / COST Cooperating Member.
2. Trainees from Approved NNC Institutions.
3. Trainees from Approved European RTD Organisations.
Trainees not eligible to be reimbursed:
1. Trainees from COST Partner Members.
2. Trainees from Approved IPC Institutions.
3. Trainees from Approved IO, EU Commission, Bodies, Offices and Agencies.
4. Other Trainees not specifically mentioned as being eligible.
Priority will be given to trainees who can show that they will be involved in standardized AIM surveillance during 2020 mosquito reproductive season.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Fill the Application Form ( https://form.jotformeu.com/92451462945361 ) and send attached CV (max 3 pages), motivation letter (max 500 words) and letter from your Institution demonstrating the intention to carry out field AIM monitoring activities in 2020.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 30th, 2019
SELECTION OF APPLICANTS by ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: based on CV, letter of motivation, proved intention to carry out field AIM monitoring activities in 2020, and taking into account COST policies on promoting gender and country balance and Early Career Investigators (ECI) participation.
RESULTS OF APPLICANT SELECTION BY: October 21th, 2019
For more details on COST rules for Training Schools in
(Section 6, page 30-31) and AIM-COST TS RULES