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Sunday - October 1, 2017

14:00 - 18:00                 Registration

16:00 - 18:00                 Board Meeting


Monday - October 2, 2017

                                     Moderator-Bülent Alten

8:00 – 09:20               Opening of the Congress-Norbert Becker

                                   Scientific Program-Bülent Alten

                                   Welcome Address-Miguel Ángel Miranda

                                   Awards-Bülent Alten and Michael Kaufman

                                   Announcements-Major Dhillon

                                   Presidential Address-Michael Kaufman            


09:20 - 10:00             Vectors in a changing world, what might we expect?

                                  Keynote Speaker: Willy Wint,, Oxford University, UK


08:00-19:00                Poster Display, remove posters at 19:00: see your poster assignment number.


10:00 - 10:30             Coffee Break


10:30 - 12:30             Symposium 1. Molecular Strategies for the Control/Eradication of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

                                     Organizers: Greg Lanzaro, / Andrea Crisanti,


10:30 - 10:50               Role of population modification in the malaria eradication agenda
                                    Anthony James,, UC Irvine

10:50 - 11:10               Modified mosquitoes for malaria control-requirements for success and a step-wise approach for
                                       getting there

                                    Delphine Thizy,, Imperial College London

11:10 - 11:30               A gene drive system to spread extreme male bias in the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae
                                    Andrew Hammond, College of London

11:30 - 11:50               Applications of gene-drive technology to vector control 
                                    Ethan Bier,, UC San Diego

11:50 - 12:10               Designing field trials for the evaluation of genetically engineered malaria vectors
                                    Greg Lanzaro,, UC Davis

12:10 - 12:30               Exploiting gene drive technology for population suppression in the human malaria vector,
                                      Anopheles gambiae

                                    Andrea Crisanti,, Imperial College London


12:30 - 13:30               Lunch


13:30 - 15:10               Symposium 2. Old Diseases, New Diseases and New Technology

                                      Organizers: Ben Beard, / Paulo Pimenta,


13:30 - 13:45               An update on the status of Aedes aegypti transmitted viral pathogens in the Americas
                                    Ben Beard,, CDC

13:45 – 14:00              Vector competence and viral interference in Brazilian Aedes aegypti mosquitoes co-infected with
                                      Dengue and Zika viruses: potential of simultaneous delivery by single bite

                                    Paulo Pimenta,, FIOCRUZ

14:00 - 14:20              Wolbachia for reducing populations of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus 
                                    Stephen Dobson,, University of Kentucky

14:20 - 14:40               Self-limiting genetic approach for controlling Aedes vectors of dengue and Zika
                                    Simon Warner,, Oxitec

14:40 - 15:00               More recent outbreaks of arboviruses in wildlife and humans in South Africa
                                    Anton Cornel,, UC Davis

15:00-15:10                 Mosquito abundance and control during the emergence of Zika virus along the Texas-Mexico border
                                    Gabriel Hamer,, UC Davis


15:10 - 15:40                Coffee Break


15:40 - 18:00                Symposium 3. Insecticides and Repellents

                                       Organizers: Mustapha Debboun, / Ulrich Bernier,


15:40 - 15:55               ABC Transporter targets for improved mosquitocide efficacy
                                    Troy Anderson,, University of Nebraska

15:55 - 16:10               Potassium Ion Channels: an emerging target for arthropod-vectored pathogens
                                    Daniel Swale,, Louisiana State University

16:10 - 16:25               Leveraging synergistic interactions for enhanced chemical control of disease-vectoring arthropods
                                    Jeffrey R. Bloomquist,, University of Florida

16:25 - 16:40               Next generation non-pyrethroid repellents
                                    Joel R Coats,, Iowa State University

16:40 - 16:55                Laboratory evaluations of new formulations and application of natural repellents
                                     Rui-De Xue,, Anastasia MCD, St. Augustine, Fl

16:55 - 17:10                Paints, reduced risk insecticide and attractants: robust inexpensive vector control tool
                                     Kamlesh R. Chauhan,, USDA‑ARS

17:10 - 17:25                Overview of repellent research in China
                                     Tong-Yan Zhao,, Beijing Institute of Microbiology

17:25 - 17:40                Novel non-human methods for testing mosquito repellents
                                     Thomas Mascari,, SC Johnson, Racine, WI

17:40 - 18:00                Insect repellent mixtures and insecticides
                                     Mustapha Debboun,, Harris County Public Health


18:00 - 19:00                Symposium 4. Role of Arthropod Vector Saliva in the Transmission of Human Pathogens

                                       Organizers: Nathalie Boulanger, / Adriana Costero-Saint Denis,


18:00 - 18:15                The skin as delivery site for trypanosomes and tsetse salivary factors
                                     Guy Caljon,, University of Antwerp, Belgium

  18:15 - 18:30               Tick cement proteins as vaccine candidates: effects on transmission of TBEV and Borrelia afzelii
                                      Maria Kazimirova,, Slovak Academy of Sciences

18:30 - 18:45                 Immune response against sand fly salivary proteins as epidemiological tools in human and
                                         animal leishmaniasis

                                      Aldina Barral,, Fiocruz, Brazil

18:45 - 19:00                 Aedes aegypti saliva modulates West Nile virus replication and innate immunity in human
                                         primary keratinocytes

                                      Magali Garcia, , University of Poitiers, France


19:30 - 21:00                 Reception


Tuesday- October 3, 2017


08:00-18:00                  Poster Display, remove posters at 18:00: see your poster assignment number.


08:30 - 09:10               Arthropod-borne viruses in the era of high throughput sequencing: current findings and
                                      potential implications

                                      Keynote Speaker: Koray Ergunay,, Hacettepe University, Turkey


09:10 – 11:40              Symposium 5. Integrated Vector Management

                                      Organizers: Robert Novak, / Norbert Becker,


09:10 - 09:30               Do we need an intelligent approach to IVM?
                                    Bob Novak,, University of South Florida

09:30 - 09:50               Remote sensing, a new tool for surveillance and monitoring
                                    Benjamin Jacob,, University of South Florida

09:50 - 10:10               Creating the fundamental framework for an operational IVM system in Papoli, Uganda
                                    Ryan Tokarz,, University of South Florida

10:10 - 10:30               Integrated Vector Control: Have proven methods turned into academic theory?
                                    Manuel Lluberis,, Hudson Inc

10:30 - 10:50               IVM : Ever evolving ever sensible
                                    Ashwani Kumar,, National Institute of Malaria Research, Ind

10:50 - 11:10               Integrated black fly suppression through targeted applications of    Bti-based larvicides
                                    Elmer Gray,, University of Georgia

11:10 - 11:30               A new approach for IVM strategies based on mosquito blood meal analysis and pathogen
                                       screening: the case of the urban zoo of Barcelona, Spain

                                    J. Martínez-de la Puente,, Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Seville, Spain

11:30 – 11:40              Open Discussion for Symposium 5


11:40 - 12:10                Coffee Break


12:10 – 14:00               Symposium 6. Advances in Ecology of Ticks and their Pathogens

                                       Organizers: Marieta Braks,  / Jolyon Medlock,


12:10 - 12:30               Ecology of Lyme borreliosis in Europe
                                    Hein Sprong,, NIPH&E, Netherlands

12:30 - 12:50               Biological control of ticks
                                    Elyes Zhioua,, Institute Pasteur, Tunisia

12:50 - 13:10               Tick symbiont interactions
                                    Yuval Gottleib,, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

13:10 - 13:30               Pan European tick maps, VectorNet
                                    Jolyon Medlock,, Public Health England

13:30 - 13:50               A Roadmap for tick-Flavivirus research in the “Omics” era
                                    Cate Hill,, Purdue University

13:50 -14:00                Open Discussion for Symposium 6


14:00 – 15:00              Lunch


15:00 – 16:15               Symposium 7. Kiss of Death: Triatomines and Trypanosoma cruzi

                                     Organizers: Melissa Nolan, / Silvia Moriana


15:00 - 15:15                Food, parasites and manners: what can the ecology of kissing bugs in the United States
                                       tell us about Chagas transmission risk?

                                     Patricia Dorn,, Loyola University

15:15 - 15:30                Chagas disease ecology near its northern edge of endemicity
                                     Sarah Hamer,, Texas A&M

15:30 – 15:45               Paratransgenic approaches to vector-borne diseases
                                     Ravi Durvasula,, University of New Mexico

15:45 - 16:00                Ecohealth interventions, parasite genomics, and vector spatial transmission risk analysis
                                     Carlota Monroy,, University of Guatemala

16:00 – 16:15                Ecoepidemiology and control of Brazilian triatomines
                                     Dra. Lileia Gonçalves Diotaiuti, diotaiut@minas.fiocruz.brOswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil


16:15 - 16:45                Coffee Break


16:45 - 18:45                 Symposium 8. Malaria: Can it be Eradicated in the Next 20 Years?

                                         Organizers: Dan Strickman, / Carles Aranda,


16:45 – 17:05                The global vector control response
                                       Anna Drexler,, Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases,             
                                      World Health Organization, Geneva

17:05 - 17:25                 Eradicating malaria, are we bluffing?
                                      Marcus Lacerda,, International Clinical Malaria Research Center (CIPCliM)

17:25 – 17:45               Malaria vectors research in Africa: The changing epidemiology & future prospects
                                      Charles Mbogo,, KEMRII Wellcome Trust                                                

17:45 - 18:05                 Good Laboratory Practice for entomological testing in Africa
                                      David Malone,, Innovative Vector Control Consortium

18:05 - 18:25                 Malaria eradication: optimism, innovation, rigor, and collaboration
                                      Dan Strickman, Dan.Strickman@gatesfoundation.orgBill & Melinda Gates Foundation

18:25 - 18:35                 Old Plasmodium DNA from Spain hints at parasite origins
                                      Carles Aranda, caranda@elbaixllobregat.catMosquito Control Service, Baix Llobregat Council, Barcelona

18:35 – 18:45                   New surveillance and monitoring tools to reduce the risk of malaria transmission
                                      Robert Novak,, University of South Florida


Wednesday- October 4, 2017



Thursday - October 5, 2017


08:00-19:00                    Poster Display, remove posters at 19:00: see your poster assignment number.


08:30 - 10:00                 Symposium 9. Student Presentations

                                      Organizers: Casey Parker, / Bethany McGregor,


08:30 - 08:40                 Distribution and insecticide susceptibility status of Florida Aedes aegypti and 
                                        Aedes albopictus populations

                                      Casey Parker,, University of Florida

08:40 - 08:50                 Effect of trap height on Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) abundance, physiological status,
                                        and species composition at a big game preserve in Florida, USA

                                      Bethany McGregor,, University of Florida, USA

08:50 - 09:00                 Plant oils are capable of enhancing diverse insecticides against susceptible and resistant strains
                                         of mosquitoes

                                      Edmund Norris, ejnorris@iastate.eduIowa State, USA

09:00 - 09:10                 Mosquito sperm ultrastructural and motility changes while in storage
                                      Ethan C. Degner,, Cornell, USA

09:10 - 09:20                 Landscape and socio-economic drivers of Aedes albopictus ecology in New York State
                                      Talya G. Shragai,, Cornell, USA

09:20 - 09:30                 Comparison of two predictive models:  Flavivirus and West Nile virus and mosquito surveillance
                                         in Lubbock, Texas

                                      Steven T. Peper,, Texas Tech, USA

09:30 - 09:40                 Suburban development and its consequences for vector diversity
                                      Meredith R.  Spence Beaulieu,, NC State USA

09:40 - 09:50                 Field demonstration of remote wingbeat sensors for the identification of pestiferous insects
                                      Levi Zahn,, UC Riverside, USA

09:50 - 10:00                 Evaluation of the feeding preference of house flies (Musca domestica L.) selected for behavioral
                                         resistance to the neonicotinoid: Imidacloprid

                                      Caleb Hubbard,, UC Riverside, USA


10:00 - 11:30                 Symposium 10. Student Presentations

    Organizers: Gizem Oguz, / Carlos Barceló, carlos.barcelo@uib.esç


10:00 - 10:10                 Implementation of an entomological surveillance plan for the study of mosquitoes in La Rioja, Spain
                                      Ignacio Ruiz,, CIBIR, Spain

10:10 - 10:20                 Distribution and genetic studies of Aedes albopictus in Spain
                                      Sarah Delacour,, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

10:20 - 10:30                 Population dynamics of (pre-) alpine biting midges (Ceratopogonidae, Culicoides spp.) and their
                                         vector competence for bluetongue virus

                                      Anca Paslaru,, University of Zurich, Switzerland

10:30 - 10:40                 Dispersal dynamics of the Asian tiger mosquito
                                      Laura Vavassori, l.vavassori@unibas.chSwiss Tropical and Public Health institute, Switzerland

10:40 – 10:50                 Longitudinal monitoring of Culicoides in Belgium between 2007-2011. Analysis of local variation
                                         in abundance, species composition, seasonality and vector free period

                                      Charlotte Sohier,, CODA-CERVA, Belgium

10:50 - 11:00                 Variations in wing morphology of a natural population of Phlebotomus tobbi Adler and Theodor 1930,
                                        the proven vector of Leishmania infantum in Turkey

                                      Gizem Oguz, gizemoguz90@gmail.comHacettepe University, Turkey

11:00 - 11:10                 From egg to adult. How do Culicoides early stages live under laboratory conditions?
                                      Carlos Barceló,, UIB, Spain

11:10 - 11:20                 MALDI-TOF MS on the track of blood meal sources in phlebotomine sand flies
                                      Kristyna Hlavackova,, Charles University, Czech Republic

11:20 - 11:30                 Prevalence, diversity and interactions of a densovirus with their host
                                        (Culex pipiens s. l.)- symbiont (Wolbachia) system

                                      Mine Altinli, altinlimine@gmail.comMontpellier University, France


11:30 - 12:00                 Coffee Break


12:00 - 13:30                 Symposium 11. Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Mosquitoes

                                      Organizers: Francis Schaffner,  / Yvonne-Marie Linton,


12:00 - 12:20                 From specimen identification to species and higher taxa: the quadrature on the circle
                                         illustrated in mosquito taxonomy

                                      Vincent Robert,, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement

12:20 - 12:40                 Stabilizing Aedini: Balancing Utility with current knowledge of Evolutionary Relationships
                                      Richard C. Wilkerson,, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH)

12:40 - 13:00                 A genomic approach to understand diversity in Aedes aegypti
                                      Andrea Gloria-Soria,, Yale University

13:00 - 13:20                 From morphospecies to populations-the rise and fall of typological thinking in vector analysis
                                        and control

                                      Carlo Costantini,, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement

13:20 - 13:30                 Open Discussion for Symposium 11


13:30 - 14:30                 Lunch


14:30 - 16:30                 Symposium 12. Vector Projects in the World

    Organizer: Veerle Versteirt, / Matthew Watts,


14:30 - 14:50                  The Infravec2 Horizon 2020 Project: Research infrastructures for the control of vector-borne

                                       Ken Vernick,,  Institut Pasteur

14:50 - 15:10                  Vector behavior in transmission ecology research coordination network (VectorBite)
                                       Matthew Watts,, Imperial College London

15:10 - 15:30                  MediLabSecure: One health network for the prevention of vector-borne diseases around the
                                          Mediterranean and Black Sea regions

                                       Lobna Gaayeb,, Institute Pasteur

15:30 - 15:50                  The European Network for neglected vectors and vector-borne infections (EURNEGVEC) cost action
                                       Bülent Alten,,  Hacettepe University

15:50 - 16:10                  VectorNet: A pan-European approach towards a standardized data collection on distribution and
                                         abundance vectors of medical and veterinary importance

                                       Veerle Versteirt,, Avia-GIS

16:10 - 16:30                  The WIN Initiative: A global network to combat insecticide resistance in arbovirus vectors
                                       Claire Durot,, IRD, CNRS


16:30 – 17:00                  Coffee Break


17:00 – 19:00                 Symposium 13. Novel Approaches Towards Species Identification of Parasitic Arthropods

                                       Organizers: Vit Dvorak, / Claudia Paredes-Esquivel,


17:00 - 17:20                  Vector Soup: benefits, limits and real world applications of sand fly metabarcoding
                                       Arthur Kocher, arthur.kocher@gmail.comFrench National Centre for Scientific Research

17:20 - 17:40                  Mosquito identification by morphology versus molecular tools: from rivalry to symbiosis
                                       Francis Schaffner,, University of Zurich

17:40 – 18:00                 DNA-barcoding to uncover hidden diversity and phenotypic plasticity in Mediterranean mosquitoes
                                       Claudia Paredes-Esquivel,, University of the Balearic Islands

18:00 - 18:20                  Easy identification of arthropod vectors by mass spectrometry: we are getting real
                                       Alexander Mathis,, University of Zurich

18:20 - 18:40                  MALDI-TOF protein profiling-a tool of choice for sand fly species identificatio
                                       Petr Halada,, Czech Academy of Sciences

18:40 – 19:00                 MALDI-TOF MS - from proof of concept to routine application
                                       Pie Mueller,, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland



19:00                               Business Meeting


*09:00 12:30               Symposium 14. Brokerage Event

                                        Bilateral meeting


Friday- October 6, 2017


08:30 - 10:00                  Symposium 15. Vector Control Strategies Against Mosquitoes and Biting Flies:
                                         Attract and Kill Technologies, Barrier Treatments and Space Sprays

                                          Organizers: Dan Kline, / Alexandra Chaskopoulou,


08:30 - 08:45                   Biting midge population control measures
                                        Lee Cohnstaedt,,  USDA-ARS

08:45 - 09:00                   SumiLarv 2MR® - A long lasting novel polymer matrix formulation for control of container
                                           breeding mosquitoes

                                        John Invest,, Sumitomo Chemical    Co. Ltd

09:00 - 09:15                   Attractive targeted sugar baits (ATSB) against mosquito populations
                                        Gunter Muller,, Hebrew University

09:15 - 09:30                   Trap placement in animal exhibits at zoos increases the stable fly catch
                                        Jerry Hogsette,, USDA-ARS

09:30 - 09:45                   Utilization of traps and attractants to understand the ecology of Tabanidae and develop  
                                           management strategies

                                        Dan Kline,, USDA-ARS

09:45 - 10:00                   Night time aerial sprays, will they control crepuscular biting midge spp?
                                        Mark Breidenbaugh,,  USAF


10:00 - 12:00                    Symposium 16. Focus on Sand Flies-Saliva, Microbiome and Vector Competence

                                         Organizers: Fabiano Oliviera, / Petr Volf,


10:00 - 10:20                     Recombinant salivary proteins as markers of host exposure to sand flies
                                          Tatiana Spitzova,, Charles University, Prague

10:20 - 10:40                     Minimally invasive microbiopsies: a novel sampling method for identifying asymptomatic,
                                            potentially infectious carriers of Leishmania donovani

                                         Alon Warburg,; Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

10:40 – 11:00                    Priming with a salivary protein from visceral leishmaniasis vector enhances antigenicity of parasite

                                            antigens in the context of vaccination
                                         Anabela Cordiero da Silva,, IBMC; 13S

11:00 - 11:20                    Lutzomyia longipalpis vectorial competence of different species of Leishmania
                                         Nagila Secundino,, FIOCRUZ

11:20 - 11:40                    Sand fly salivary proteins drive neutrophil recruitment and exacerbate Leishmania infection
                                         Fabiano Oliveira,,  NIH

11:40 - 12:00                    Oviposition ecology of Phlebotomus papatasi: effect of larval substrate conditioning, attraction
                                            to microbial and conspecific materials, effect of visual cues and circadian rhythm

                                         Gideon Wasserberg,, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


12:00 - 12:30                    Coffee Break


12:30 - 14:00                    Symposium 17. Global Research on Culicoides Biology and Control

                                         Organizers: Miguel Ángel Miranda, / Alec Gerry,


12:30 – 12:45                   Vector capacity of pre-alpine Culicoides and Bluetongue virus
                                         Eva Veronesi,, University of Zurich

12:45 - 13:00                    Predicting and managing impacts of midge-borne infections in changing environments:
                                           Why vector host ecology matters

                                        Beth Purse,, NERC CEH

13:00 - 13:15                    Where do they come from? Where do they go? Population genetics studies on Culicoides
                                            biting midges

                                         Karine Huber,, INRA

13:15 – 13:30                   Culicoides eggs: What do we know and why should we care?
                                         Bradley Mullens,, UC Riverside

13:30 – 13:45                   Flight behavior of Culicoides imicola at controlled temperatures and humidity conditions
                                        Gert Venter, , Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute

13:45 - 14:00                    The gnatwork: A network of development of skills in the study of biting midges, sand flies,
                                           and black flies

                                         Simon Carpenter,,  Pirbright Institute


14:00                                 Closing of Congress







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