Keynote speakers

Invited keynote speakers

Tarja SIRONEN (Rodent and insectivore-Borne diseases)

Dr. Tarja Sironen is a researcher and docent of virology at Haartman institute, University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on the evolution and molecular epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens, and most recently, on pathogen discovery. Her research aims at understanding factors that determine the dynamics and emergence of rodent-borne pathogens.

Vit DVORAK (Sandflies-Borne diseases)

Dr. Vit Dvorak is a researcher and assistant professor at Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague. His research in the Laboratory for Vector Biology mainly focuses on the molecular taxonomy, ecology and phylogeny of phlebotomine sand flies. He conducted field research on sand flies in leishmaniasis foci in various parts of the Mediterranean and East Africa.

Muriel VAYSSIER (Tick-Borne diseases)

Dr Muriel Vayssier-Taussat (INRA), is at the head of the team “VECTOTIQ”. Her laboratory is located in France at the National Veterinary school campus of Maisons-Alfort. Since many years she has developed molecular tools dedicated to identify pathogens in ticks or mammals and to identify their mechanisms of infection. She published more than 60 research articles in the field of vector-borne diseases.

Kate SEARLE (Culicoïdes-Borne diseases)

Dr Kate Searle is an ecological modeller with the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work focuses on understanding how and why the spatial and temporal dynamics of species vary across natural and semi-natural environments. Much of her research aims to use this understanding of how ecological processes affect the phenology and seasonal abundance of vectors and hosts to predict and mitigate the spread of vector-borne disease.

Jordi FIGUEROLA (Mosquito-Borne diseases)

Jordi Figuerola is Associate Professor of Research at the Department of Wetland Ecology at Estación Biológica de Doñana. His  current research focusses on understanding the ecological processes that affect the transmission of vector-borne pathogens in the wild. His research is multidisciplinary with frequent collaboration with virologist, veterinarians and human health researchers.

Nienke Hartemink

Nienke HARTEMINK (Modelling)

Nienke Hartemink is a theoretical biologist. She worked as postdoc in the EDENext Modelling team, both at the Mathematical modelling group in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and at the Geography of Health group in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). She worked on Rmodels and risk maps for a wide range of vector-borne diseases, in close collaboration with EDENext vector teams.

Els DUCHEYNE (Data management)

Els Ducheyne graduated as bio-engineer land and water management at the Ghent University. After her PhD on integration GIS and optimization techniques, she joined the Institute of Tropical Medicine as a post-doctoral researcher on modeling Culicoides spread. As of February 2005, she joined Avia-GIS as a scientific researcher, where she further specialized in spatio-temporal modelling of vector-borne diseases. Since 2012, she is scientific director of Avia-GIS.

Kerstin DRESSEL (Public Health)

Dr. Kerstin Dressel, Sociologist with a scientific background, is Co-founder and Managing Director of the sine-Institut and Member of Board of the South German Institute for Empirical Social Research. She has conducted numerous studies in the field of risk and crisis research particularly concerned with health questions, most of them comparative and in an interdisciplinary environment. Within the EDENext consortia, she is part of the Public Health horizontal group, leading the work package concerned with risk perception of vector-borne infections (Hantavirus and CCHF) in five European countries and conclusions that can be drawn from findings for developing health communication strategies. She is working in close collaboration with EDENext modelers on the development of risk maps.

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