All smiles as GERI 2015 closes
There were smiles all round as awards of €1,000 each were made to the authors of two winning posters during the closing session of Genes, Ecosystems and Risk of Infections (GERI 2015), which ended on Thursday, April 23, in Heraklion, Crete.
The event, marking the end of a decade of research through the EDEN and EDENext projects, provided the opportunity to discuss the main advances in vector and rodent-borne infections provided by the projects, which have directly involved 67 partner institutions from 29 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
A poster prize of €2,000 was offered by the organisers, but they could not separate two entries in a competition praised by Guy Hendrickx (Avia-GIS) for nearly 100 posters of “very good quality”. “We have seen, after 10 years of collaborative research, that the the quality has continued to increase,” he told delegates.
Prize money of €1,000 was awarded to Margherita Collini, an EDENext PhD student from Italy's Fondazione Edmund Mach, for her poster 'Investigating the last bloodmeal of questing wood tick nymphs (Ixodes ricinus L.) by DNA amplification: three approaches tested', which was praised by the judges for being “very efficient in adddressing a complex issue”.
A second award of €1,000 was presented to Maryam Diarra, an EDENext PhD student from ISRA/LNERV in Senegal, for her “very communicative” poster titled 'Modelling the dynamics and spatial distribution of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) biting midges, potential vectors of African horse sickness and bluetongue viruses in Senegal.'
Pictured left is Maryam Diarra and, accepting the award on Margherita's behalf, co-authors Gwenaël Vourc'h (INRA, France) and Heidi Hauffe (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy), with Guy Hendrickx (click photo to enlarge).
For more details of the conference, visit the GERI 2015 website .