1st TRAINING SCHOOL - Harmonizing Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) surveillance across Europe 13-17 Jan 2020

Training School Cyprus

AIM-COST Action (CA 17108) - 1st TRAINING SCHOOL (WG1)

Harmonizing Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) surveillance across Europe

Mosquito-borne diseases emerging or re-emerging in Europe are a serious cause of concern to human health. CA 17108 AIM-Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes aims at establishing a transboundary network of partners and institutions across Europe and to facilitate co-ordinated multidisciplinary research. It will identify and fill knowledge gaps, optimize and harmonize mosquito surveillance and control approaches and raise awareness on the risks caused by Aedes invasive mosquitoes. The 1st AIM-COST Training School will focus on harmonizing AIM surveillance across Europe with the goal to implement a standardized Pan-European monitoring scheme in summer 2020 and beyond.

OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING SCHOOL: Provide the theoretical basis and develop the practical skills for the implementation of harmonized AIM surveillance in Europe, with the final goal of a pan-European monitoring effort in following mosquito breeding seasons.

SPECIFIC TRAINING TOPICS ADDRESSED:
-Bionomics and history of AIMs in Europe and beyond, and health related risks (theoretical)
-Needs and requirements for appropriate and useful monitoring/surveillance schemes (theoretical)

-AIM entomological sampling approaches (theoretical and applied)
-Citizen-Science approaches for AIM monitoring and surveillance (theoretical and applied)
-AIM morphological and molecular identification methods (theoretical applied)

-Dataset structure database construction and sampling requirements (theoretical and applied)

-Data analysis, mapping and modelling (theoretical)

-Communication the stakeholders and citizen (theoretical and applied)

DETAILED PROGRAMME: soon available in www.aedescost.eu

DATE: 13-17 January 2020

TRAINING SCHOOL VENUE: Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre, Akrotiri, Cyprus

ACCOMODATION VENUE: Pefkos City Hotel, Limmasol (reserved rate: 59€/night breakfast included)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Alessandra DELLA TORRE, University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Filiz GUNAY, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey; Kelly MARTINOU Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus & Cyprus Institute; Miguel Angel MIRANDA, University of the Balearic Island, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Dušan PETRIC, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia; Francis SCHAFFNER, Francis Schaffner Consultancy, University of Zurich, Switzerland; William WINT, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.

LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM:  Kelly MARTINOU (Main Organizer), Joanna ANGELIDOU and Chris TAYLOR, Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus; Marlen VASQUEZ, Cyprus University of Technology; Kamil ERGULER, Cyprus Institute 

 

INVITED TRAINERS:

Frederic BARTUMEUS, Centre d’Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), Blanes Girona, Spain

Romeo BELLINI, Centro Agricoltura Ambiente “G. Nicoli,” Crevalcore, Italy

Alessandra DELLA TORRE, University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Filiz GUNAY, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Kelly MARTINOU Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus & Cyprus Institute

Miguel Angel MIRANDA, University of the Balearic Island, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Dušan PETRIC, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

Francis SCHAFFNER, Francis Schaffner Consultancy, University of Zurich, Switzerland

William WINT, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

AVAILABLE TRAINING GRANTS (1.200 €/trainee, to cover: travel, accommodation, meals, local transportation): 20 trainees

ELIGIBLE TRAINEES: Trainees must be engaged in an official research programme as a Ph.D. Student or postdoctoral fellow, or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.
Trainees eligible for reimbursement:  

1. Trainees from COST Full Members / COST Cooperating Member.

2. Trainees from Approved NNC Institutions.

3. Trainees from Approved European RTD Organisations.

Trainees not eligible to be reimbursed:

1. Trainees from COST Partner Members.

2. Trainees from Approved IPC Institutions.

3. Trainees from Approved IO, EU Commission, Bodies, Offices and Agencies.

4. Other Trainees not specifically mentioned as being eligible.

Priority will be given to trainees who can show that they will be  involved in standardized AIM surveillance during 2020 mosquito reproductive season.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Fill the Application Form ( https://form.jotformeu.com/92451462945361 ) and send attached CV (max 3 pages), motivation letter (max 500 words) and a recommendation letter from a senior researcher in your Institution, including the intention of the Institution/Research Group to carry out field AIM monitoring activities in 2020.  If you have any queries on the application form or process please email them to amihalca@usamvcluj.ro 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 30th, 2019

SELECTION OF APPLICANTS by ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: based on CV, letter of motivation, proved intention to carry out field AIM monitoring activities in 2020, and taking into account COST policies on promoting gender and country balance and Early Career Investigators (ECI) participation.

RESULTS OF APPLICANT SELECTION BY: October 21th, 2019

 

For more details on COST rules for Training Schools in
https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Vademecum_June2019.pdf
(Section 6, page 30-31) and AIM-COST TS RULES
http://www.aedescost.eu/sites/default/files/2019-05/AIM-COST%20TS%20rules.pdf

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