The conference started on the 1st of February (See the programme).
The Final AIM-COST conference were held in Rome next February 1st-2nd. The conference was held in a hybrid format and we have sent you a new communication a few days in advance.
The first day was devoted to a summary of main Action achievements by WG and Task coordinators, followed by presentations on the impact of AIM—COST on selected AIM-COST grantees and stakeholders from the public health sector. The second day was devoted to discussing possible scenarios of invasion by Aedes aegypti in Europe in order to optimize regional, national, and continental responses. Participants were subdivided into 4 groups to discuss approaches and constraints, and this was followed by a section on the plenary discussion of the group’s outputs. Lastly, we have a session devoted to discussing further perspectives beyond AIM-COST.
This time we are inviting a limited amount of participants with expenses covered by the AIM COST budget but, of course, anybody is welcome to participate at their own expense. The AC was hybrid, with face-to-face participants and others able to follow online.
COST Association has informed us that there may be the possibility to obtain a budget top-up which would allow us to support a higher number of participants to participate face-to-face.
To apply for these extra funds, we needed to have an estimate of people interested to participate in the Conference. Therefore, we asked to fill out the Google form below no later than January 4th, if they are interested in being supported for participating and they were eligible to participate (see the eligibility chart).
The selection of participants to be supported was done based on country-, gender-, age balance, and previous participation in AIM-COST activities.
We let them know by January 20th if their application was successful. In the meantime, we suggested, they book accommodation (only if it was possible to cancel it) and NOT buy a flight ticket.