May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019

New avenues for the behavioral manipulation of disease vectors

Insect behavior is currently the focus of studies ranging from the characterization of its molecular bases to understanding more complex neurophysiological aspects of foraging, mating and egg laying related tasks. This has received particular interest in the case of arthropods vectoring pathogens to humans and livestock. The international conference entitled “New avenues for the behavioral manipulation of disease vectors”, organized by LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, will be held on 21st-23rd May 2019 in Tours, France. This international conference intends to bring together scientists, students and entrepreneurs interested in this fascinating field with the objective of confronting different views, exploring vector control needs and future developments. High quality contributions describing cutting-edge research in all areas of the study of vector behavior are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. Topics that will be covered include, among others, vector functional genetics underlying behavioral processes, neurophysiology, sensory ecology, functional anatomy, landscape ecology and the development of new control tools.


Conference speakers


Abstracts for poster should be submitted before Monday 25th of March 2019. Please upload your abstract during the registration or send it before the deadline to

Please note that we do not print the posters, but racks & pins will be provided for up to A0 sizes, portrait format. 

Please download the template for posters.

The best poster will be awarded.

Preliminary programme

Tuesday May 21st 2018

  • 08:30    Welcome coffee & registration
  • 09:00    Official Opening: Institutional representatives & Sophie Gabillet (LE STUDIUM)
  • 09:30    Dr Marcelo Lorenzo - Insect vectors and neuroethology: crossroads for sustainable control
  • 10:00    Coffee break

Session 1: Molecular bases of sensory reception in insect vectors

  • 10:30    Prof. Rickard Ignell
  • 11:00    Dr Jose Latorre
  • 11:30    Prof. Jonathan Bhobot
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 13:30    Prof. Sharon Hill
  • 14:00    Prof. Zainulabeuddin Syed
  • 14:30    Coffee break
  • 15:00    Dr Romina Barrozo
  • 15:30    Prof. Matthew DeGennaro
  • 16:00    Prof. Walter Leal
  • 16:30    Poster session
  • 18:30    Public Lecture in French : Dr Guillaume Lacour - Une invasion qui ne manque pas de piquant: biologie du moustique tigre Aedes albopictus
  • 20:00    Wine & cheese cocktail

Wednesday May 22nd 2018

  • 08:45    Welcome coffee
  • 09:00    Prof. Claudio Lazzari - Vector behavioral plasticity: a dimension needing attention
  • 09:30    Coffee break

Session 2: From neuroethology to behavioral manipulation

  • 10:00    Dr Alessandra Guarneri
  • 10:30    Prof. Chloe Lahondere
  • 11:00    Prof. Richard Hopkins
  • 11:30    Dr Niels Verhulst
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 14:00    Prof. Clement Vinauger
  • 14:30    Prof. Jeffrey Riffell
  • 15:00    Coffee break
  • 15:30    Prof. Mark Mescher
  • 16:00    Dr Anna Cohuet
  • 16:30    Prof. Consuelo de Moraes
  • 17:00    Poster session​
  • 18:00    Tour around medieval sites and get-together dinner
  • 20:00    Social dinner​

Thursday May 23rd 2018

  • 09:00    Welcome coffee
  • 09:30    Dr Noushin Emami
  • 10:00    Coffee break
  • 10:30    Prof. Gabriella Gibson
  • 11:00    Dr Martin Geier
  • 11:30    Dr Teun Dekker
  • 12:00    Dr Agenor Mafra-Neto
  • 12:30    Closing remarks



(Including two lunches, a Wine & Cheese cocktail and the coffee breaks)

Private institutions 300 EUR
Public institutions 250 EUR
Students & PhD Scholars 150 EUR
Gala dinner 60 EUR

Partners of the event