The main aim of Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) COST Action is to establish a transboundary network of partners and institutions across Europe to cost effectively address the management of the risk of introduction and spread of Exotic Invasive Aedes Mosquito Borne Viruses (EIAMBVs).
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 20th 2021.
Alessandra della Torre
Andrei D. Mihalca
* Early Career Investigator: within 8 years after completing a PhD/Doctorate degree.
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.
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 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.
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 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...
AIM-COST Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) 2021
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.
AIMCOST Training school 2021, Valencia, Spain 12-25 September - More details announced soon!
The Action will be running a number of training workshops at which participation by 10 – 20 trainees will be supported.
The first training school is due to be held in Limassol, Cyprus in January 2020 entitled Design of monitoring schemes, data collection, and practical training with selected monitoring tools in the field and species identification approaches. See details here...
Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)
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. Read more here...