Workshop Blanes March 2019

Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes:

Linking Citizen Science to Epidemiological Models

 

Organisers:

Frederic Bartumeus (Local Host, CSIC Spain)

Sander Koenraadt (WU, The Netherlands)

Beniamino Caputo (U. Sapienza, Italy)

 

Local Team / Co-organisers:

John Palmer, Roger Eritja, David Alonso, Santi Escartin

 

INTRODUCTION: Invasive mosquito data collection systems are moving from traditional surveillance, with oviposition and adult traps (e.g. ovitraps, BG-sentinels, sticky traps), and socio-ecological surveys, to massively networked citizen science by means of internet and smartphones. This opens a new opportunity to collect mosquito data in new ways and at an unprecedented level of detail, both in time and space. One critical aspect of citizen science programs is the so-called fitness for use, that is, the fine-tuning of data types, quality, and sampling strategies to address specific research and management purposes. Another challenge is exploit at best digitized information by aggregating large amounts of data from different sources and projects, each one with their own data characteristics (data acquisition methods, accuracy, etc).

 

Whether they involve minimal training and target a large population of potential volunteers, or require the acquisition of new skills and their application to a specific community and site of intervention, these and similar experiences suggest that innovations in citizen science can effectively enhance mosquito surveillance and, in the process, globalize datasets and create new channels of communication between experts and citizen in affected areas. However, what about the “science” these kind of data can provide? Can we improve models and predictions with citizen science data collection? How do we need to work out data quality, accuracy, and biases? Is it possible to combine authoritative and citizen mosquito-related datasets? How?

 

OBJECTIVES: The main purpose of this workshop is to identify the challenges of establishing direct links between citizen science data collection programs and epidemiological modelling, with particular emphasis in risk map development and outbreak forecasting. To do so, we will: (i) discuss and revise current data collection systems, both traditional and citizen science, (ii) illustrate potential biases in both systems and potential ways to combine different data types for research (e.g. data calibration, quality assessments, model validations), and (iii) introduce fundamental aspects of epidemiological models in order to discuss data collection “fitness for use” to epidemiological modelling.

 

OUTPUTS:

  • Organizers will produce an opinion/review work, with explicit acknowledgement to COST ACTION funds and participants, with the outputs of this discussion to guide future and current citizen science programs towards more effective data collecting strategies for scientific modelling purposes.

 

  • We will also produce an open document with the main conclusions of our meeting. The document will be shared among all the AIM COST ACTION participants, and will be outreached in different web platforms of interest (e.g. ECSA, ECDC, COST ACTION).
Mosquitos

 

PROGRAM

 

 

Monday 25th March

Tuesday 26th March

Wednesday 27th March

TOPIC

Data Collection Types and Strategies

Linking Data to Epidemiological Models

Interoperability and Calibration

9:30-10:30

Attendants' Brief Introduction

Short Talks

Interoperability and Calibration

10:30-11:15

Topic Introduction

Sampling Bias: scales and strategies

Short Talks

11:15-11:45

Coffee

Coffee

Coffee

11:45-12:45

EU CitSci Programs

Statistical Modelling (MaxENT, RF, spatial regression)

Funding & Future Opportunities

12:45-13:15

ECDC and Country-level Authorized Data

Mechanistic Modelling (SEIR, Ross-MacDonald)

Synthesis

13:30-14:45

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

15:00-16:30

Data Types

Linking CitSci to Epidemiological Models

 

16:30-17:00

Coffee

Coffee

 

17:00-18:00

Data Goals and Biases

Synthesis

 

 

 

PARTICIPANTS (+2 potential more, last 5 local organizers)

 

1

Nadja Pernat

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany

2

Kelly Martinou

Joint Services Health Unit, Ciprus

3

Tomas Montalvo

Public Health Agency Barcelona, Spain

4

Jordi Figuerola

Estación Biológica Doñana (CSIC), Spain

5

Miguel A. Miranda

U.Illes Balears (Mallorca), Spain

6

Martina Ferraguti

Estación Biológica Doñana (CSIC), Spain

7

Rafael Gutiérrez López

Estación Biológica Doñana (CSIC), Spain

9

Núria Busquets

IRTA-CReSA, Spain

10

Sandra Talavera

IRTA-CReSA, Spain

11

Beniamino Caputo

U. Sapienza, Italy

12

Federico Filiponi

Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Italy

13

Mattia Manica

Fondazione Edmund Mach. Centro Ricerca e Innovatione, Italy

14

Helge Kampen

Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Germany

15

Doreen Walther

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany

16

Francis Schaffner

AVIA GIS. Consultancy, France

17

Beatriz Fernández

Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain

18

Maria Jose Sierra

Centro de Coordinación de Alertas y Emergencias Sanitarias, Spain

19

Ignacio Ruiz

Centro de Investigación Biomédica de la Rioja, CIBIR, Spain

20

Sarah Delacour

U. Zaragoza, Spain

21

Hidde Hofhuis

Wageningen University (WUR), The Netherlands

22

Carla Sousa

Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT), Portugal

23

Frederic Simard

Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), France

24

Jolyon Medlock

Public Health England, UK

25

Christian Ries

Musée national d'histoire naturelle de Luxembourg (MNHN), Luxembourg

26

Kamil Erguler

The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus

27

Francisco Collantes

Universidad de Murcia, Spain

28

Jorge J. López

Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain

29

Martin Brocklehurst

ECSA, Global Mosquito Alert Consortium, UK

30

Aitana Oltra

CEAB-CSIC, Spain

31

Roger Eritja

CREAF, Spain

32

Santi Escartin

Xatrac, Spain

33

David Alonso

CEAB-CSIC, Spain

34

John RB Palmer

U.Pompeu Fabra, Spain

35

Frederic Bartumeus

CEAB-CSIC, Spain

36

Frederic Jourdain

IRD/MIVEGEC, Montpellier, France

 

Venue

 

The workshop will be held at the Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB), which belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). For further information on the general research activity at the Center check the CEAB web page.