New avenues for the behavioral manipulation of disease vectors

May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019

MSH Val de Loire
33 allée Ferdinand de Lesseps
37200 Tours


The registration is closed. 

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.



MSH Val de Loire : 33 allée Ferdinand de Lesseps - 37200 TOURS - FR






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

Private institutions300 EUR
Public institutions250 EUR
Students & PhD Scholars150 EUR
Gala dinner60 EUR

Conference speakers


Abstracts for poster should be submitted before Monday 29th of April 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.


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Tuesday May 21st 2019

  • 08:30    Welcome coffee & registration
  • 09:00    Official Opening
  • 09:30    Dr Marcelo Lorenzo - New avenues for the behavioral manipulation of disease vectors: state of the art
  • 10:00    Coffee break

Session 1: Molecular bases of sensory reception in insect vectors

  • 10:30    Prof. Rickard Ignell - Modulation of the onset of host seeking in mosquitoes
  • 11:00    Dr Jose Latorre - A neuromodulatory core potentially involved in the control of sensory processes at insect antennae
  • 11:30    Prof. Jonathan Bhobot - The Pleiotropic Roles of Indoles in Mosquito Olfaction
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 13:30    Dr Sharon Hill - Regulation of the olfactory neurotranscriptome of the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti, during the first gonotrophic cycle
  • 14:00    Dr Romina Barrozo - Taste system: a truly reliant sense in food recognition
  • 14:30    Coffee break
  • 15:00    Prof. Matthew DeGennaro - Understanding mosquito olfactory behavior in the laboratory and the field
  • 15:30    Prof. Walter Leal - Chemical ecology-based strategies for reducing mosquito-human interactions (and transmission of arboviruses)
  • 16:30-18:00    Posters session
  • 18:30    Public Lecture in French : Dr Guillaume Lacour - Biologie d’un envahisseur : le moustique tigre Aedes albopictus
  • 20:00    Wine & cheese cocktail - Les gens heureux 

Wednesday May 22nd 2019

  • 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 - Trypanosomes and R. prolixus: flagellate development and associated behavioral changes induced by infection
  • 10:30    Dr Chloé Lahondère - Some like it hot: thermal biology of disease vector insects
  • 11:00    Prof. Richard Hopkins - Location, Location, Location. Mosquito movement in the context of insect searching behaviour
  • 11:30    Dr Niels Verhulst - Host and temperature preferences of mosquitoes
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 13:30    Dr Clement Vinauger - Mechanisms of rhythmic mosquito-host interactions
  • 14:00    Prof. Jeffrey Riffell - The neural basis of nectar feeding in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes
  • 14:30    Prof. Consuelo De Moraes - Olfactory information in vector attraction and disease diagnosis
  • 15:00    Dr Anna Cohuet - State-dependent behaviour among mosquito vectors, target the epidemiologically-relevant population
  • 15:30    Poster session​ & coffee break
  • 17:00    Departure by bus from MSH to Villandry Castle
  • 19:30    Dinner at Château de Beaulieu Restaurant

Thursday May 23rd 2019

  • 09:00    Welcome coffee
  • 09:30    Dr Noushin Emami - Decoding Language of Transmission, Plasmodium falciparum
  • 10:00    Prof. Gabriella Gibson - ‘Catching them out’ at their own game; applying the rules of insect behaviour to score!
  • 10:30    Coffee break
  • 11:00    Dr Teun Dekker - A slow release matrix for oviposition attractants AND Bacillus to synergize mosquito control
  • 11:30    Dr Agenor Mafra-Neto - Semiochemical tools for the effective management of vectors of disease
  • 12:00    Best poster ceremony & ​Closing remarks

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