It is a great pleasure for me to welcome all of you to the 7th International Congress of the Society for Vector Ecology (SOVE) to be held from 1rst to 6th October 2017 in Palma de Mallorca, one of the most fascinating cities in the Mediterranean Sea.
To deal with vectors and vector borne diseases has never been so in the spotlight than in the last decade. The current distribution and occurrence of vector borne disease such as Zika and Dengue have enormously aroused the global public concern of diseases transmitted by vectors. It is now a good opportunity to show the great value that research and management of vectors means for human society. This SOVE meeting would be the ideal framework to show the progress in knowledge of basic aspects of vector ecology, those aspects that are then so needed by other disciplines such as modelling and risk assessment.
It would be also the time to show the need for interaction among all counterparts involved in vector borne diseases, such as researchers, public health managers, risk assessors, control agencies, communication managers and many more. We are sure that the Balearic Islands will offer the ideal landscape for that interaction, since from ancient times it has been a privileged land of encounter of different cultures that have left an indelible mark on food, traditions and way of life.
Having all that in mind, I am looking forward to meet you in Palma next October for a meeting plenty of opportunities to share top knowledge, friendship and good vibrations.
Dr. Miguel Ángel Miranda Chueca
Laboratory of Zoology. Department of Biology
University of the Balearic Islands. Spain.