CALL for PARTICIPATION - 2nd TRAINING SCHOOL - NOW CLOSES 16th June

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

Location: Valencia, SPAIN

Date: 13-24 September 2021

Call for participation in the Training School "Field assessment of Quality in Control Measures Against Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes".

This course is co-organized by:

  • AIM COST Action
  • IAEA RER5026: “Enhancing the Capacity to Integrate Sterile Insect Technique in the Effective Management of Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes”
  • The MediLabSecure European project.

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

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

Candidates will be 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.

You are invited to submit your application in an electronic form, available on the AIM-COST website (https://form.jotform.com/211313611087344) by 12:00 CET 16th of June 2021.

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

Preliminary agenda:
https://www.aedescost.eu/sites/default/files/2021-05/AIMCOST_Spain_2021_PRELIMINARY_AGENDAv2.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

3rd AIM-COST Annual Conference, 2nd-3rd September 2021

3rd AIM-COST Annual Conference - Preliminary Agenda

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Extended to 24th May 2021

Submission of abstracts for oral communications is now open for the 3rd AIM-COST Annual Conference (2-3 September 2021). We have room for up to 12 talks (10 minute presentation + 5 minutes discussion) organized in two oral communication sessions. Whilst presentations on any research area focusing on Aedes invasive mosquitoes are welcome, preference will be given to the following topics:

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

Priority will be given to presentations made by young researchers (i.e. MSc/PhD students or ECIs*). Travel and accommodation (in case of meeting in Istanbul) will be covered by AIM-COST for researchers selected to present an oral communication.  Possibility to present on streaming will be offered.

Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed 350 words. You are invited to submit your abstract in an electronic form, which is available in AIM-COST website (https://form.jotform.com/211032843635045).

The deadline for submitting the abstracts is May 24th 2021.

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.

AIMSurv - Aedes field surveillance

The success of AIMSurv2020 and we are pleased to announce it will continue as AIMSurv2021 through the following survey season!  AIMSurv2021 combines conventional field surveillance and the use of the open access Citizen Science App Mosquito Alert. The conventional surveys use oviposition traps to count the eggs laid by Aedes females and adult traps, such as BG-Sentinel traps, to collect mosquito adults. Weekly samples will be implemented by each participant team in a minimum of three sites until the end of the mosquito season. The participants are also using the tool VECMAP® (Avia-GIS) that allows to collect and upload collective data directly from the field and further analysis by using modelling. 

AIMSurv participant countries

The Mosquito Alert App, allows citizen to personally contribute to the monitoring effort, by using their Mobile phone to report the presence of an AIM by sending a photo to a team of more than 50 expert entomologists for identification. It can also be used to report possible breeding sites, as well as simple biting activity.  

Mosquito Alert Logo
Mosquito Alert Logo

Mosquito Alert has received more than 19,000 photos of mosquitoes since 2015. In Spain, where it has been implemented so far, the App has allowed experts to monitor the expansion of the tiger mosquito, and to discover new invasive species. The first evidence of Aedes japonicus in Spain was from a photo reported to Mosquito Alert. In five years, the initiative has managed to scientifically prove that citizen collaboration is useful and reliable for studying invasive mosquitoes and is an effective partnership for administrations and managers.  

The App has now been updated to be exploited at a pan-European level and is being translated into the languages of the countries that are part of the AIM Cost Action, so that citizen from any European and neighbouring country can report observations of all four invasive Aedes species included in AIMSurv.  Mosquito Alert can be downloaded from Google Play and other App stores.  

Check out Mosquito Alert "in the news".  A compilation of articles from around Europe in Spanish, Italian, Turkish and other languages.

AIMSurv is coordinated by Dr. Miguel A. Miranda (University Balearic Islands, Spain), Dr. Dusan Petrić (Faculty of Agriculture Novi Sad, Serbia) and Dr. Francis Schaffner (FSConsultancy, Switzerland). The Mosquito Alert App surveillance is coordinated by Dr. Frederic uBartumeus (Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes, Spain). AIM-COST is coordinated by Alessandra della Torre (Sapienza University, Rome, Italy)

You can follow the AIMSurv activities in our social networks using the hashtag #AIMSurv

Some useful videos on how to construct an ovitrap provided by our partners Antonios Michaelakis and the Life Conops project.  In the first video we describe how to construct an ovitrap and in the second how to manage the oviposition substrate after its collection. Although the first two videos are in the Greek language they are useful to anyone who wants to know the different steps on the oviposition trap’s assembly.

 

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: