The Problem

The vectors through which animal, plant and human diseases spread around the world are becoming more mobile. The causes of this change are complex, multifaceted, and will not be easily reversed.

The growth of world trade and international travel has opened up routes for disease vectors, such as the tiger mosquito, to reach new territories worldwide.

Global warming is increasing the risk of the introduction of new pathogens in local or newly established vector populations.

This new threat to humans, animals and crops calls for management which is based on accurate risk assessment. However, mapping the presence of a novel disease vector in the wild is a complex, multi-staged task.
If it is not done right, the mapping will fail to produce insights for management and policy. For example, a wealth of accurate information is needed to drive an effective surveillance or elimination programme.


VECTRACK solves this problem by supporting every stage of the vector mapping process from planning the placement of sensors, to implementing it, analysing the species detected, mapping them in the context of the local environment, and generating analyses that can be used to visualise and manage the spread of novel disease vectors.


Final AIM-COST meeting (Rome, Italy)

The Final AIM-COST conference was held in Rome (1st-2nd February 2023). Avia-GIS is a task leader in this COST-Action and had several discussions during the conference related to VECTRACK.

VectorNet Annual Entomological Network Meeting (Leiden, Netherlands)

VectorNet, is a joint project of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which started in May 2014, and is now in its second iteration (2019–2023). The project is supported by a Scientific Coordination Committee with members from the Public and Animal Health community.
Partner AVIA-GIS participated in the VectorNet‘s Annual Entomological Network Meeting (AENM).

3rd Day of the Young Researcher from INSA (Lisbon, Portugal)

Held in the Institute of Nacional Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge in Lisbon, Portugal (8th November 2022), multiple presentations and posters were presented with all the work that is being conducted by PHd, Master’s and other students in the institution.

One Health Symposium | Teaming up for a better Public Health (Lisbon, Portugal)

The 1st Egas Moniz One Health Symposium was held on November 3rd 2022 in Portugal, to celebrate the One Health Day. This event offered an opportunity to deepen the networking on One Health related areas of intervention.

ESOVE 22nd Conference (Sofia, Bulgary)

The 22nd conference of ESOVE (European Society for Vector Ecology) was held in Sofia, Bulgary in October of 2022. There multiple presentations and posters were presented, with mosquitoes, ticks and sandflies being the focus of every presentation.

AIM-COST Scientific Mission (Kunfunadhoo island, Republic of Maldives)

The AIM-COST program promote the scientific exchange between research institutions working on Aedes invasive species though Short Term Scientific Missions. During the "5th international workshop on Aedes albopictus" in Montpellier, where IRTA-CReSA presented the VECTRACK project, one entomology researcher that works in Maldives expressed his interesting in a future collaboration. Thanks to the aid of the AIM-COST program, this collaboration was possible and we brought the VECTRACK prototype to Kunfunadhoo Island in the Republic of Maldives in October 2022.

10th International Conference of Urban Pests (Barcelona, Spain)

The International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) was held on 27-29 June 2022 in Barcelona bringing together those with a professional interest in urban pests: participants from academia, industry, government and professionals of pest control. The conference was focused on urban pests, which have emerged in the last years in urban environments due to globalization, super population, changes in land uses and climate change.

14th Annual Meeting of EPIZONE (Barcelona, Spain)

The EPIZONE European Research Group constitutes an international network of veterinary research institutes working on epizootic animal diseases. The EPIZONE congress plays a key role in the dissemination of research based on prevention, detection and control of animal diseases and zoonoses in order to reduce the risks and harm to animal and public health in the EU and beyond.

5th International workshop on Aedes albopictus (Montpellier, France)

The "5th international workshop on Aedes albopictus" was hosted on the 11-13 of May 2022 in Montpellier, with the suport of the University of Montpellier in partnership with the Occitanie Region, “Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole” and the “Institut de Recherche pour le Développement”.

Integrated vector management to control the dengue and chikungunya vector Aedes albopictus in different parts of Europe (Antwerp, Belgium)

This workshop held on March 24th, 2022 at the premises of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. The aim of the workshop was to exchange experience on the surveillance and the control of the tiger mosquito in Europe. VECTRACK products were presented in discussions to show its potential in such situations.

13ª Jornadas de Atualização em Doenças Infeciosas- Curry Cabral Hospital (Lisbon, Portugal)

Held in January, the “Update on Infectious Diseases Conference”, organized by Curry Cabral Hospital (24th-25th February, 2022), were attended by around 300 people, from researchers to public health workers. During the two-day conference a poster created by partner ONDA-CEVDI was on display explaining how the VECTRACK sensor helps in the monitoring of infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and the poster was awarded the prize for best poster of the conference.

EMCA Xth International Conference (Vienna, Austria)

From the 7th to the 10th of October 2021, the 10th EMCA (European Mosquito Control Association) International Conference was held in Vienna, Austria.
It was the first conference held face-to-face after COVID (in Vienna, Austria). To celebrate Avia-GIS acted as the sole golden sponsor to promote VECMAP and VECTRACK.

SVEPM 2021 (Toulouse, France)

artner Avia-GIS is a member and co-sponsor of the SVEPM- The Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
It was a great opportunity to network within the veterinary epidemiology world and communicate about VECATRACK: our advances in spatial modelling including sampling strategies and automated trapping of potential vectors.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the conference was finally held on-line.

4YFN- Mobile World Congress 2021 (Barcelona, Spain)

Fair aimed at professionals that is part of the Mobile World Congress (the biggest congress in the world on telecommunication technologies), a global event for the mobile industry. The 4YFN (4 years from now) is an event focused on innovation in the mobile and digital world. It aims to be a business platform for the creation of ideas and relationships between international companies, investors and corporations.

IOT Solutions World Congress 2020 (Barcelona, Spain)

The IOT Solutions World Congress is one of the most important international events on Internet-of-Things. This congress showcases the game-changing IoT solutions and technologies that are disrupting and transforming all industries, and joins the business and technology executives seeking to create powerful competitive advantages.

2nd annual AIM-COST meeting (Lisbon, Portugal)

The 2nd AIM-COST Annual Conference of Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes (AIM-COST) was hosted on the 12th and 13th of February 2020 in the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the NOVA University of Lisbon (IHMT NOVA). During the conference, academic institutions and national health institutes from 34 European countries presented their work in the field of public health, medical entomology and mosquito-borne diseases.

Municipalia 2019 (Lleida, Spain)

Municipalia is a trade fair that is organized every two years and that presents solutions to optimize municipal management with the participation of leading companies in the sector and innovative companies.

The use of emerging technologies for regulation

The UK Government has published a study of emerging technologies, where they have included VECTRACK

AI and COVID-19 pandemic: How Businesses are Adapting to the New Normal

The current global health pandemic has forced many companies to kick-start and accelerate their digital transformation journey – bringing along a widespread IoT and AI adoption. Connected solutions are proving their worth in today’s crisis, making them a critical part of many organization’s near-term technology roadmap. This includes the Healthcare industry itself.


This action aimed at establishing a transboundary network of partners and institutions across Europe and to facilitate co-ordinated multidisciplinary research. It identified and filled knowledge gaps, attempted on 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 was focused on harmonizing AIM surveillance across Europe with the goal to implement a standardized Pan-European monitoring scheme in summer 2020 and beyond.


The aim of this workshop was to provide essential knowledge to public health and environmental technicians, as other health and vet technicians, in the biology of arthropod vectors of infectious diseases, namely mosquito and ticks, and on the current technologies and methodologies available for vector monitoring and control. This action was taken under the National Network for Vector Surveillance (REVIVE) and the trainees will be in charge of the 2020 surveillance activities (field work) under the REVIVE.

Kick-off of VECTRACK

Aedes albopictus is ranked as the most invasive mosquito species in the world. Aedes albopictus is very difficult to suppress or control due to their remarkable adaptability to various environments, close contact with humans, and reproductive biology. Although it is native to tropical and subtropical regions, is successfully adapting to cooler EU region.


IRIDEON SL is a Spanish-German company founded by a multidisciplinary team of engineers with experience in industry and academia. Since 2011 this team provides technical consultancy services and solutions to SMEs and research organizations throughout Europe, primarily in the field of information and communications technologies (ICT) and sensor systems.
The IRTA-CReSA Animal Health Research Center is a center of the Institute for Research and Agrifood Technology (IRTA) , an institute affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the Generalitat de Catalunya. IRTA-CReSA's research is part of the Animal Production Area and the Animal Health Program .
Avia-GIS bvba, “Agriculture and Veterinary Information and Analysis” is a Belgian SME founded in 2001 that specializes in the collection, processing and analysis of spatial information as a basis for the development of data driven space-time information systems applied to veterinary and public health in general and (emerging) zoonoses and vector-borne diseases (VBD) in particular.
The National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (Instituto Ricardo Jorge) is a public body integrated in the indirect administration of the State, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, endowed with scientific, technical, administrative, financial autonomy and its own assets.

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