3rd AIM-COST Annual Conference, Istanbul, 2021

The third AIM-COST Annual Conference was held both online and on location in Istanbul and was hailed a great success by participants! Videos of the presentations and discussions from the Annual Conference 2nd-3rd September, Istanbul are being edited and will be made available online very soon.

Press release September 2021: Third Annual Conference of Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes COST Action Istanbul

3rd AIM-COST Annual Conference - Final Agenda  in English and Turkish 

AC3 Agenda QR codes
AC3 Agenda QR codes

Submission of abstracts for oral communications is now closed for the 3rd AIM-COST Annual Conference (2-3 September 2021). We anticipate up to 12 talks (10 minute presentation + 5 minutes discussion) organized in two oral communication sessions. Talks will focus on the following topics:

  • Surveillance for precision AIM control
  • Novel AIM control approaches
  • Assessment for AIM control activities

Priority was given to presentations made by young researchers (i.e. MSc/PhD students or ECIs*). 

Local Organizers:

  • Bulent Alten
  • Filiz Gunay

Scientific Committee

  • Ruben Bueno
  • Alessandra della Torre
  • Gregory L’Ambert
  • Filiz Gunay
  • Mihaela Kavran
  • Antonios Michaelakis
  • Andrei D. Mihalca
  • Dusan Petric
  • Francis Schaffner
  • William Wint
 

* Early Career Investigator: within 8 years after completing a PhD/Doctorate degree.

2nd TRAINING SCHOOL - Live in Valencia, Spain...

Field assessment of Quality in Control Measures Against Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes TRAINING SCHOOL

Location: Valencia, SPAIN

Date: 13-24 September 2021

The Training School "Field assessment of Quality in Control Measures Against Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes".

This course was co-organized by:

  • AIM COST Action
  • The MediLabSecure European project.

The Local Organizers are the City Council of Valencia, University of Valencia and Lokímica.

The Training School aimed to provide comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge about entomological assessment of the efficacy of different control methods (including SIT) targeting Aedes albopictus. Classroom lessons complemented the extensive fieldwork on sampling larvae, pupae, adult males and females and "know how" transfer during field surveys. Also, participants were engaged in experimental design, analyses and interpretation of the results obtained.

Candidates were selected by the scientific committee based on their CV, motivation letter (not exceeding 250 words) following AIM-COST rules. Application by PhD students and ECIs* will be favoured. Gender balance and geographical heterogeneity, and availability to contribute to AIMSurv 2022 (as testified by a letter from the head of the group) will also be considered.

Scientific Committee: Alessandra della Torre, Ruben Bueno, Vincent Robert, Dusan Petric.

Preliminary agenda:
https://www.aedescost.eu/sites/default/files/2021-07/Preliminary%20Agenda_NEW_V4.pdf

Proposed AIMSurv2022 Work Plan:
https://www.aedescost.eu/sites/default/files/2021-05/AIMSurv2022_WorkPlan.pdf

For more details on COST rules for Training Schools in
https://www.aedescost.eu/sites/default/files/2021-05/Vademecum-28-April-2021.pdf

AIM-COST Training School rules:
https://www.aedescost.eu/sites/default/files/2021-05/AIM-COST-TS-rules-v4-2021.pdf

* Early Career Investigator: within 8 years after completing a PhD/Doctorate degree


Previous training schools:

1st TRAINING SCHOOL - Harmonizing Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) surveillance across Europe 13-17 Jan 2020

"How to use surveillance tools for an effective control" Workshop

“How to use surveillance tools for an effective control" (Local Organizers: Antonios Michaelakis)

Location: Athens, Greece

28 June 2 July 2021

The aim of the workshop is the creation and production of 2 thematic videos on AIMs surveillance and control. Specifically, the first video will focus on the standard operational procedures (SOPs) for ovitrap field management and aims to provide a useful resource for public health officers and entomologists with limited experience in this subject, and will be develop in collaboration with the AIMSurv project (https://www.aedescost.eu/sites/default/files/2020-07/AIMCOSTPressRelease_AIMSurv29072020.pdf). The second video will focus on AIM’s breeding site identification and management for AIM’s control in urban areas. In addition to a version for public health officers and entomologists with limited experience on this subject, a second version for the general public will be also produced.

AIM-COST Action offers the opportunity for 4 young researchers (i.e. MSc/PhD students or ECIs1)  involved in AIMSurv or AIM’s monitoring and control to participate to the workshop as a hands-on training opportunity. Travel expenses and accommodation in Athens will be covered by AIM-COST for selected applicants.

Candidates will be selected by the scientific committee based on their CV and a motivation letter in English and not exceeding 250 words. Priority will be given to applicants from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITCs2). Gender balance and geographical heterogeneity will be also taken into account. 

The successful candidates have been announced, congratulations to:

Maria Bourquia, ECI, F, MOROCCO
Sonia Cebrián Camisón, ECI, F, SPAIN
Mihaela Kavran, ECI, F, SERBIA
Gegham Pashinyan, ECI, M, ARMENIA

Scientific Committee: Alessandra della Torre, Filiz Gunay, Angeliki Martinou, Jolyon Medlock, Antonios Michaelakis, Dusan Petric, Francis Schaffner 


1Early Career Investigator: within 8 years after completing a PhD/Doctorate degree.

2Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, the North Republic of Macedonia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

The AIM COST Questionnaire Report

AIMCOST Questionnaire reportThe report summarises the findings of a questionnaire based  survey  designed to find out 1) what monitoring, surveillance and control activities for AIM species are happening in Europe and its neighbours; 2) who is responsible for funding, planning and implementing these activities and at what geographical scale; 3) what are the perceived constraints and gaps; 4) what guidelines are used and how they might be improved; and 5) what role  citizen science plays in these activities.   Download the report from the link below...

A questionnaire-based survey of surveillance and management of Aedes invasive mosquitoes in Europe

AIM-COST Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) 2021

STSM Hosts
Completed STSM Hosting Institutions

STSMs are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between COST Action Participants. STSMs should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing the Grantees to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations.

We are happy to announce the third STSM call for this grant period (GP3).

The Grant budget is 15.000€ and can be used up to September 15th 2021 

For this specific call for application, we will have the following rules:

  • We will have the application open from march 1st until April 10th 2021 - Applications are now closed.
  • Applications will be evaluated by the STSM committee until the 17th of April 2021 and then the applicants will be informed of the results.
  • STSM supported in this call should take place from April to the 15th of September 2021.

Please note: The Grant period has been extended and STSM GP3 activities may now be completed up until the 15th September 2021.

Information for application here:

Approved STSMs: