AIM-COST Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) - New call in 2022!

STSM Hosts
Completed STSM Hosting Institutions

Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits in a host organization located in a different country than the country of affiliation by a Researcher or Innovator. STSMs aim at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering international collaborations. 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. At the same time, the Host will expand its international contacts and develop long lasting collaborations.

We are happy to announce a new STSM call for Grant Period 4!

Note that in 2022 STSMs can be organised anywhere in the world, provided budget availability and MC approval of the scientific justification of the specific benefit of visiting the proposed Host.

Please consult Section 6.4 of COST Annotated Rules to establish whether you are eligible for reimbursement.

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

  • Call for applications open date: 20th May 2022 and will be open until 31st July 2022
  • We will evaluate the applications immediately after receiving them and grant the high quality ones.
  • Approved STSMs take place from 1st of june 2022 to 15th October.

Please consult the following docs before preparing your application:

Approved STSMs:

"Communication and outreach approaches for Citizen Science community engagement in AIM monitoring, surveillance and control" Workshop

Citizen Science community engagement in AIM monitoring 

(Organizers: Jolyon Medlock, Willy Wint, Filiz Gunay, Alex Vaux)

   The workshop took place virtually on the 5th April 2022: 1300-1700 CEST (1200-1600 BST)

AIM Cost action has been working hard to develop guidance and information of the surveillance and control of Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes. There are many strategies that can be employed at a national, regional and local level, and by practitioners, entomologists and the community. One of the biggest challenges is how best to deliver effective communication to effect the changes in behaviour and best practice for maximum impact on the control of mosquitoes. Developing outreach strategies to engage communities with Citizen Science is key to mounting effective actions that lead to positive changes for improved health protection. Across the world, communities are challenged by the threats posed by urban mosquito vectors. Although there are many tools for surveillance and control, urban mosquitoes and associated diseases persist. As a medical entomology community can we improve our communication with the public? Are there ways in which we can deliver our outreach messages to deliver greater impact? With community engagement, is the control of urban invasive mosquitoes insurmountable?

The aim of the workshop is to expand the knowledge and share experiences in communication and outreach associated with Citizen Science schemes, with particular reference to Aedes invasive mosquitoes. This workshop will go beyond the world of mosquitoes and will have presentations from scientists in other disciplines and species groups.

The first session includes speakers engaged in:

  • Communication of Citizen Science for invertebrates and wildlife recording schemes
  • Engaging the public in recording other vectors (ticks) and strategies for targeting delivery of public health messages to individuals and communities
  • Experiences in communication in the face of a mosquito disease outbreaks in North America.

The second session focuses on public health messaging:

  • Experiences of invasive mosquito surveillance and control in Europe
  • What can messaging around Covid tell us?

The third and fourth sessions focus on:

  • How can behavioural scientists guide us to deliver messages that drive behaviour change?
  • How do we engage the next generation in securing a future world free of invasive mosquitoes?

Programme of presenters available here...

YouTube videos of the workshop can be viewed below, they are split into two parts...

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 

You can view many of the talks from the AGM in Istanbul as videos online here...

The program included a number of talks from network  members selected by the scientific committee 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 - 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.

Official video:

Field Assessment of Quality in Control Measures against Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.

Final agenda:
https://www.aedescost.eu/sites/default/files/2022-01/ValenciaSep2021_Agenda_v9FINAL.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: COST-094-21-Annotated-Rules-for-COST-Actions-Level-C-2021-11-01-1.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 was 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 offered 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 were 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