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EMBO Conference

Molecular and population biology of mosquitoes and other disease vectors: vector and disease control

24 – 28 July 2017 | Kolymbari, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 09 April 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 09 April 2017
  • Accepted Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 28 April 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 July 2017

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About the Conference

Mosquitoes and other blood-sucking arthropods are vectors of parasitic and viral diseases that combined have a tremendous human impact affecting millions of people every year. The lack of effective prevention and the complexity of the disease lifecycles require integrated approaches targeting transmission rather than the pathogens alone. This biennial conference series, initiated in 2003, provides a forum for the reviewing of the progress in the field and the dissemination of novel and unpublished data.

This EMBO Conference is now a tradition and regarded as one of the most important meetings in the field. The highlight of the 2017 event is Vector and Disease Control. This will be the main theme of one of two plenary sessions including a high profile plenary talk and will prominently feature through keynote talks in many of the scientific sessions. The other plenary session and central theme of the first scientific session is Vector Genetic Manipulation and Gene Drive, an area that holds high hopes for vector and disease control. Prompted by the recent Zika outbreak in the Americas and the global resurgence of Dengue, a special session is introduced in Emerging and Re-emerging Arboviruses aiming to raise awareness and promote research in this area.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 09 April 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 09 April 2017
  • Accepted Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 28 April 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 July 2017


    EUR 900
    (Very limited availability)
    EUR 1200

Registration includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Meals as listed in the programme

  • Gala dinner and refreshments.


Payments will be made via Bank Transfer. Details will be provided to selected participants at the time of notification.

Selection criteria

A feature of this conference series is that all the speakers are requested to either give a short talk or present a poster, while most of posters will be also selected for a 5-minute turbo talk. The only exception is members of the Steering Committee (also acting as chairs or co-chairs of sessions), who may or may not present at the conference. Therefore, apart from invited plenary and keynote speakers, all speakers and poster presenters (including Steering Committee members) will be selected based on the scientific merit of the submitted abstracts and their relevance to the field and the highlight of the event. All submissions will be requested to indicate up to two scientific sessions and a preference for talk or poster presentation.

Abstract guidelines

The title must be 120 characters or fewer, including spaces. The abstract must be 150 words or fewer.

Poster specifications

Posters should be preferably A0 format. The minimum accepted size is A1.

Travel grants

Travel grants to cover the full registration fee (including accommodation, meals and special events) will be awarded to 20 participants from Low and Middle Income Countries or early career researchers.






Orthodox Academy of Crete

Kolymbari, Chania

Crete 73006


Phone: +302824022245

Fax: +302824022060




WiFi access is available for free around the venue. There is also a computer room with networked computers available for free use.

Most of the participants will be housed at the conference centre of OAC and only a limited number will be accommodated in hotels in walking distance from OAC. The majority of participants at the OAC will be housed in double/shared rooms.

During the registration process you will have the option to specify someone as your roommate. Where possible, these requests will be honoured. Should you have any questions, please contact the organisers ( or directly the staff at the Orthodox Academy ( Invited speakers, meeting organizers, and those with special needs will have priority to single room accommodations.


Crete is served by two international airports: The "Nicos Kazantzakis" airport of Heraklion (website) and the "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" airport of Chania (website). The latter is by far the most convenient airport as the "Orthodox Academy of Crete" is only 47 km (29 mi) away and it is well served during the summer. If you arrive at the Heraklion airport, you may take a bus to Chania and then a bus or taxi from there to Kolymbari.

Taking a taxi from Heraklion to Kolymbari is not recommended as it is a 2.5 hour drive and thus very expensive.

You may also rent a car at the Heraklion airport and drive to Kolymbari. If you arrive at the Chania airport, you may take a bus into the city of Chania and then take a bus or a taxi to Kolymbari. You may also take a taxi from the airport straight to Kolymbari. The cost will be about 50-60 Euro.

Renting a car from the Chania airport is also an option and the drive to Kolymbari is about 45 min to 1 hour.

Bus transfer from and to the Chania airport will be organised for the afternoon of July 23rd and the morning of July 29th, respectively. Details will be provided closer to the time of the conference.

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