Online course “Mosquitoes, Phlebotomine sand flies and ticks monitoring: traps and capture techniques

Mosquitoes, Phlebotomine sand flies and ticks monitoring: traps and capture techniques

We have the pleasure to inform you that the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) has organized an online course “Mosquitoes, Phlebotomine sand flies and ticks monitoring: traps and capture techniques” which is now available.

This course focuses on the main techniques for monitoring ticks, mosquitoes, and phlebotomine sand flies, and aims to provide knowledge on how to plan sampling and which tools to use.


The course is free of charge and is already available. Full programme, registration, and other details are available at

Key AIM-COST publications for 2022: AIMSURV, Mosquito Alert and insecticide resistance in Aedes albopictus

AIM-COST would like to draw your attention to three new publications by AIM-COST network.

AIMSURV publicationMiguel Ángel Miranda,Carlos Barceló,Daniele Arnoldi,Xenia Augsten,Karin Bakran-lebl,George Balatsos,Mikel Bengoa,Philippe Bindler,Kristina Boršová,Maria Bourquia,Daniel Bravo-barriga,Viktória Čabanová,Beniamino Caputo,Maria Christou,Sarah Delacour,Roger Eritja,Ouafaa Fassi-fihri,Martina Ferraguti,Eleonora Flacio,Eva Frontera,Hans-peter Fuehrer,Ana L. García-pérez,Pantelis Georgiades,Sandra Gewehr,Fátima Goiri,Mikel Alexander González,Martin Gschwind,Rafael Gutiérrez-lópez,Cintia Horváth,Adolfo Ibáñez-justicia,Viola Jani,Përparim Kadriaj,Katja Kalan,Mihaela Kavran,Ana Klobucar,Kornélia Kurucz,Javier Lucientes,Renke Lühken,Sergio Magallanes,Giovanni Marini,Angeliki F. Martinou,Alice Michelutti,Andrei Daniel Mihalca,Tomás Montalvo,Fabrizio Montarsi,Spiros Mourelatos,Nesade Muja-bajraktari,Pie Müller,Gregoris Notarides,Hugo Costa Osório,José A. Oteo,Kerem Oter,Igor Pajović,John R. B. Palmer,Suncica Petrinic,Cristian Răileanu,Christian Ries,Elton Rogozi,Ignacio Ruiz-arrondo,Isis Sanpera-calbet,Nebojša Sekulić,Kivanc Sevim,Kurtesh Sherifi,Cornelia Silaghi,Manuel Silva,Nikolina Sokolovska,Zoltán Soltész,Tatiana Sulesco,Jana Šušnjar,Steffanie Teekema,Andrea Valsecchi,Marlen Ines Vasquez,Enkelejda Velo,Antonios Michaelakis,William Wint,Dušan Petrić,Francis Schaffner,Alessandra Della Torre,Consortium Aim-cost/aim-surv. AIMSurv: First pan-European harmonized surveillance of Aedes invasive mosquito species of relevance for human vector-borne diseases, Gigabyte,2022

Mosquito Alert PublicationŽivko Južnič-zonta,Isis Sanpera-calbet,Roger Eritja,John R.b.  Palmer,Agustí Escobar,Joan Garriga,Aitana Oltra,Alex Richter-boix,Francis Schaffner,Alessandra Della Torre,Miguel Ángel Miranda,Marion Koopmans,Luisa Barzon,Frederic Bartumeus Ferre,Mosquito Alert Digital Entomology Network. Mosquito Alert Community,Mosquito alert: leveraging citizen science to create a GBIF mosquito occurrence dataset,Gigabyte,2022


Pichler PublicationVerena Pichler, Beniamino Caputo, Vera Valadas, Martina Micocci, Cintia Horvath, Chiara Virgillito, Mustafa Akiner, Georgios Balatsos, Christelle Bender, Gilles Besnard, Daniel Bravo-Barriga, Rubén Bueno-Mari, Francisco Collantes, Sarah Delacour-Estrella, Enkelejda Dikolli, Elena Falcuta, Eleonora Flacio, Ana L. García-Pérez, Katja Kalan, Mihaela Kavran, Gregory L’Ambert, Riccardo P. Lia, Eduardo Marabuto, Raquel Medialdea, Rosario Melero-Alcibar, Antonios Michaelakis, Andrei Mihalca, Ognyan Mikov, Miguel A. Miranda, Pie Müller, Domenico Otranto, Igor Pajovic, Dusan Petric, Maria Teresa Rebelo, Vincent Robert, Elton Rogozi, Ana Tello, Toni Zitko, Francis Schaffner, Joao Pinto & Alessandra della Torre. Geographic distribution of the V1016G knockdown resistance mutation in Aedes albopictus: a warning bell for Europe. Parasites Vectors 15, 280 (2022).

3rd AIM-COST Training School "Finding, using and interpreting maps and models of invasive mosquitoes

Training School Objectives

The training school has a number of major objectives:

  1. To teach participants how to interpret available maps, models and sampling results relating to invasive mosquitoes;
  2. To use this knowledge to evaluate information available for their region,  identify gaps,  and propose solutions to fill the gaps;
  3. To prepare a presentation on their assessments of the situation in their region.

This training is NOT, therefore, aimed at experienced mappers and modellers, but those who need to use and interpret  maps and models rather than produce them, such as Public Health professionals, field staff and students.

The training school will be divided into three sessions - an introductory virtual session, a face to face day to provide some theoretical overviews and begin the process of preparing the presentations, and a second virtual session to make the presentations. Trainees will be asked to form regional teams to collaborate between the face to face day and the second virtual session to finalise and produce the required presentation. Further details are given below.

Training School Sessions

  1. 5th  October 1100-1315 CET Online. This introductory session will outline the training school objectives and practicalities, provide an overview of AIM-COST recommendations for surveillance and modelling best practice, and provide details of the way to use maps and models to communicate data and results to a range of stakeholders. The trainees will also be asked to arrange themselves into small regional teams ready to participate in the Face to Face day the following week.
  2.  Face to Face day Monday 10th October, the day before the start of the ESOVE  conference. Location: Sofia Hotel Balkan, SOFIA, Bulgaria. This face to face training day will consist of two parts - a series of lecture sessions in the morning designed to give trainees an overview of mapping and modelling methods, focusing on what can be done and what cannot be done with these techniques, and illustrating how model and map outputs can be best produced and interpreted. The afternoon sessions will concentrate on helping the participants evaluate the data about invasive mosquitos available at the continental scale and for their region, and starting the process of preparing presentations to be given online in November.
  3. Presentation of Results. Online, on a date in November or December to be decided at the Face to Face day in Sofia. The trainee teams will present their evaluation and analysis of the information about invasive mosquitos available for their region, identifying any gaps, and specifying what additional information is needed to feed surveillance, control and policy decisions and describing how such information should be obtained. Each presentation will be followed by an open discussion and feedback on potential changes or improvements that could be made. The presentations will be evaluated, and  the team giving the presentation with the highest score will be asked to present their findings at the AIM-COST Annual Meeting in Rome at the end of January 2023.

Download information and further information on session topics here.

Please note that participants/applicants are restricted to the following COST Countries:  Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, The Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. The Cooperating Member is Israel and the Partner Member is South Africa. ...and NNC countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia.


Kamil Erguler, Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus. Modelling climate impacts on vector-borne diseases.

Neil Alexander, Environmental Research Group Oxford, ℅ Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK. Geographic data management and analysis.

Cedric Marsboom, Research department, Avia-GIS, Zoersel, Belgium. Spatial and mathematical modelling.

Filiz Gunay, Vector Ecology Research Group, Biology Department, Ecology Section, Hacettepe University, Turkey. Vector data collection and efforts to enhance communication.

William Wint, Environmental Research Group Oxford,  ℅ Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK. Spatial analysis of diseases and the hosts and vectors that carry them, data provision and management.

Sophie Vanwambeke, Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and CLimate Research, Earth & Life Institute, UCLouvain, Belgium.

Francis Schaffner, FS Consultancy, Surveillance and management of biting insects, Riehen, Switzerland, & University of Zurich, Institute of Parasitology, Switzerland. Vector data collection, provision and analysis.

Miguel A. Miranda, Applied Zoology and Animal Conservation Research Group, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.

ITC Conference grant for young researchers please apply now!

ITC Conference Grant consists in a presentation of the own work given by a Young Researcher and Innovator affiliated in an Inclusiveness Target Country / Near Neighbour Country for their participation in high-level conferences.

Please use this grant to apply to present and attend conferences with content related to AIMCOST topics.

ITC Conference:

• Serve COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy;

• Support Young Researchers and Innovators affiliated in a legal entity in an Inclusiveness Target Countries/ Near Neighbour Countries to establish a strong network and increase their visibility in the research community through sharing their work and to gain knowledge;

• Can contribute to increasing visibility of the Action.


ITC Conference benefit to:

• ITC Conference Grantee: receives support for attending and presenting their work (poster/oral presentation) at a conference and can establish new contacts for future collaborations.

To apply:

Double check your eligibility in the AIMCOST ITC Rules.  Then follow the procedure written in the ITC Grant Awarding User-guide.


"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.