EDENext International Conference Announced for 2015: Genes, Ecosystems and Risks of Infection (GERI 2015)

We are pleased to invite you to the international conference


Vector- and rodent-borne diseases are sensitive to environmental changes such as globalisation of trade due to their routes of transmission. To address societal concerns regarding the increased risk of these diseases emerging in Europe, much effort has been recently dedicated to their study, including a decade of research through the EDEN and EDENext European research projects.

What are the most recent scientific advances in deciphering the biological, ecological and epidemiological processes of disease emergence and spread? Can we model these processes to develop early warning systems and assess emergence or control scenarios? What tools are available to control vector populations or reduce pathogen transmission? How can we assemble this knowledge to improve public health and animal production economics in Europe?

These are the main questions we want to address during the international conference 'Genes, Ecosystems and Risk of Infection' (GERI 2015).

This conference will be the opportunity to discuss the main advances obtained during the EDEN and EDENext projects on vector- and rodent-borne infections, which have been operating over the past 10 years in 29 countries from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, directly involving 67 partner institutions.

The conference will cover mosquitoes, ticks, sand flies, biting midges, rodents and the diseases they transmit. Priority will be given to cutting-edge results produced by young scientists. All results will be presented during plenary sessions. Whilst the focus is on the results produced by the EDEN and EDENext projects, contributions on similar topics obtained from other projects with similar scope are strongly encouraged. Particular attention will be given to posters with substantial cash prizes for the three best posters.

Scientific Committee

Marieta BRAKS, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment , The Netherlands

Simon CARPENTER, Pirbright Institute , United Kingdom

Guy HENDRICKX, Avia-Gis , Belgium

Heikki, HENTTONEN, Finnish Forest Research Institute , Finland

Renaud LANCELOT, CIRAD , France

More information on http://internationalconference2015.edenext.eu/

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We wish you a pleasant summer!!

The organising committee