The Mosquito Alert Digital Entomology Network is a community of professionals created within the framework of the AIM-COST program to explore the new possibilities of the digital world to collect entomological surveillance data. Its members are expert entomologists who analyze the ability and reliability of identifying species from digital images, paying special attention to species that may be disease vectors.


Currently, Mosquito Alert Digital Entomology Network uses Mosquito Alert tools to monitor the presence and expansion of different invasive mosquitoes of the Aedes genus throughout Europe through citizen science within the Aedes field surveillance (AIMSurv) coordinated by AIM-COST. The members of the network analyze the photographs received through the Mosquito Alert application and identify the species and their level of uncertainty. The community of experts was created in 2020 as a result of AIM-COST, having been an essential element of the European citizen science AIMSurv. The creation of Mosquito Alert Digital Entomology Network has the objective of consolidating and giving visibility to a new way of carrying out entomological surveillance that explores the digital possibilities of our time.

Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Ltd
Netherlands Institute for Vectors, Invasive plants and Plant Health (NIVIP) / Centre for Monitoring of Vectors (CMV)
Hacettepe University
National Laboratory of Virology
Institute of Microbiology /SUPSI
Dep of Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Public Health
Institute of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Pécs
Department of Phytomedicine and Environmental Protection, University of Novi Sad
Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Institute of Public Health
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
PHI Center for Public Health-Skopje
Institute of Parasitology – Vetmeduni

Karin Bakran-Lebl

Researcher/ AGES – Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Ltd., Institute for Medical Microbiology & Hygiene, Department for Vector borne diseases

Trained as a mammalian biologist, with focus on population ecology, I finished my doctoral thesis in 2011 from the University of Vienna. I changed my research focus as I as I took the opportunity for a postdoctoral position at the Vetmeduni Vienna to investigate the population ecology of mosquitoes. After the end of the project and my maternity leave, I worked form 2019-2021 as a researcher at Vetmeduni Vienna on the West Nile virus monitoring project in mosquitoes. Since 2018 I am conducting a mosquito monitoring program for AGES, focusing on the distribution of exotic mosquito species in Austria.
My preferred mosquito species is Culiseta longiareolata because she is really beautiful and she prefers feeding on birds.

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Adolfo Ibáñez-Justicia

Sr. Researcher Vectors / Netherlands Institute for Vectors, Invasive plants and Plant Health (NIVIP) / Centre for Monitoring of Vectors (CMV)

Adolfo Ibáñez-Justicia, Spaniard, PhD, is since 2010 a senior researcher employed at the Netherlands Institute for Vectors, Invasive plants and Plant Health (NIVIP) of the  Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). Since then he worked on contingency plans, quick scans for new introduced insect species, and pest risk assessments. Since 2011 he focused his work at the Centre for Monitoring of Vectors (CMV) on collecting, analyzing and publishing data on vector species, making habitat suitability models, and advising on surveillance and control actions against invasive mosquito species. His research interests are focused on entomological surveillance, risk assessment and risk mapping of vectors of diseases.

My favourite mosquito species is Aedes japonicus, it’s an amazing mosquito that spreads fast and unnoticed in Europe as a Japanese ninja!

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  • Ibañez-Justicia A. 2020. Pathways for introduction and dispersal of invasive Aedes mosquito species in Europe: a review. Journal of the European Mosquito Control Association. 38:1-10.
  • Ibañez-Justicia A, Teekema S, den Hartog W, Jacobs F, Dik M, Stroo A. 2018. The effectiveness of Asian Bush Mosquito (Aedes japonicus japonicus) control actions in colonised periurban areas in the Netherlands. Journal of Medical Entomology. 55 (3): 673–680
  • Ibañez-Justicia A, Gloria-Soria A, den Hartog W, Dik M, Jacobs F, Stroo A. 2017. The first detected airline introductions of yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) to Europe, at Schiphol International airport, the Netherlands. Parasites & Vectors. 10 (1): 603.
  • Ibañez-Justicia A, Cianci D. 2015. Modelling the spatial distribution of the nuisance mosquito species Anopheles plumbeus (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Netherlands. Parasites & Vectors. 8: 258.

Filiz Gunay

Assistant Professor / Hacettepe University

I received my MSc and PhD degrees in the Ecology Section, Biology Department of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey as a member of the VERG Group. My PhD thesis was on the mosquito fauna of Turkey with morphological and molecular identification techniques in association with Natural History Museum in London and Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (WRBU) in Washington DC. This subject is still the basis of my research interest. I worked in IRD Montpellier, France, to prepare a computer-aided identification key of mosquitoes in Europe, North Africa and Middle East, named MosKeyTool. 

I’m currently the Scientific Communication Manager of Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes -COST Action and am involved in national and international projects. An active member of SOVE since 2009, I had been elected as the Director of European Society of Vector Ecology in 2021.

Impossible to choose a favourite mosquito species because I worked with many of them preparing MosKeyTool. They are all interesting and exciting in many ways. Even the most boring one Culex pipiens s.l. is incredible because it’s nearly everywhere in the world.

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Gábor Kemenesi

Assistant professor, national laboratory deputy leader / National Laboratory of Virology

My main research topic is broadly related to zoonoses. It mainly includes the investigation of mosquito – and bat-borne viruses. Since my early career I focused on the discovery and general understanding of known or novel viruses and filarial nematodes. As a main result of this work, I gained significant experience of field sampling of these viruses from their natural hosts and vectors and identifying mosquitoes along with other ectoparasites using traditional and genomic methods. I participated in the investigation of multiple epizootic and epidemic events, such as the West Nile virus epidemic in Serbia, 2013 and in Hungary, 2018.

My favourite mosquito species is Uranotaenia unguiculata, it has a strange name,  a beautiful appearance and an interesting novel West Nile virus variant.

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Eleonora Flacio

Vector Ecology sector/ Institute of Microbiology /SUPSI

Dr Eleonora Flacio is a biologist-ecologist with more than 20 years of experience in the surveillance and control of mosquitoes and holds a professional pest control license. She is in charge of the Aedes albopictus surveillance system in Canton Ticino (Switzerland) since the beginning of the same, i.e. in 2000. With her team, she coordinates all activities (surveillance, control and communication) of the Swiss Mosquito Network on invasive mosquitoes under the support of the Federal Office for the Environment, while for the Federal Office of Human Health and for the office of the cantonal doctor (Canton Ticino) she carries out the activities of surveillance and control of mosquito borne diseases. She is trainer for EMCA, E-SOVE and AIM-COST and national expert for mosquito determinations for the Swiss Info Fauna and the European project Mosquito Alert.

My favourite mosquito species is Aedes vexans, is the mosquito species that dragged me into this work

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Enkelejda Dikolli (Velo)

Head of the Vectors’ Control Unit, Dep of Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Public Health

Enkelejda Dikolli (Velo) is a medical entomologist affiliated to the Institute of Public Health, Tirana, Albania as head of the Vectors’ Control Unit. She obtained her PhD in Medical Entomology in 2005. Research interests include vector bio-ecology and control, with focus on mosquitoes, sand flies and ticks borne disease, impact of habitat management on vector-borne disease, including developing integrated management guidelines on mosquitoes; >20 years extensive field experience of vector ecology in Albania. Advising MoH on PH risks from vector-borne disease and Authorization of Biocides (Insecticides and Repelents); in charge of entomologic and arbovirus vector surveillance, Coordinate surveillance for native/non-native mosquitoes; ticks and sand flies.

She has been coordinating the Entomological Monitoring Group for the Quality Control of the Mosquitoes Surveillance and Control Program in urban and coastal areas since 2014. She is member of the EU ECDC/EFSA VectorNet project, EU ECDC VBORNET, EU-COST EurNegVec and participate in several international networks and technical cooperation such as, EU-MediLabSecure IAEA RER5022 and INT5051.  In 2019 she was nominated MC for Albania for the EU-COST AIM cost action (a program aimed to establish a network across Europe to address the risk of introduction and spread of invasive Aedes mosquitoes and their diseases).

My favourite mosquito species is the tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus, it is the only invasive species present in Albania, vector of important pathogens, experience on the surveillance since more than 20 years

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Kornélia Kurucz

Assistant professor / Institute of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Pécs

As a biologist my scientific interest was always on urban ecology and human-mediated effects on animal communities. My research activites are mainly related to understand the ecological background of zoonoses and vector-borne diseases. As a main result of this work, I gained significant experience of field sampling of different host and vector organisms as well as investigation of pathogens by molecular biological techniques. Since 2016, I coordinated several projects focus on vector ecology, monitoring and taxonomy, with a special focus on Aedes invasive mosquito species.

My favourite mosquito species is Aedes koreicus, it was the first invasive species I have seen in my life.

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Mihaela Kavran

Assistant professor at the Department of Phytomedicine and Environmental Protection, University of Novi Sad

My scientific interest is entomology with the main focus of my researches in the field of medical entomology. I have been working in Laboratory for Medical and Veterinary Entomology for nine years. My work consists of maintenance of Culex pipiens and Aedes albopictus colonies. With experienced team I am involved in biocides efficacy evaluation during the mosquito control campaigns. Since 2014 I have been working on surveillance of mosquito population in various habitats through larval and adult population seasonal monitoring, including invasive species Aedes albopictus. Same period I have been conducting West Nile Virus surveillance in mosquitoes on the territory or Vojvodina, Serbia.

My favourite mosquito species are Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) and Anopheles hyrcanus, while the Asian tiger mosquito is the most dangerous and most threatening species in the Europe and Anopheles hyrcanus is the most beautiful mosquito species in Serbia.

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Isra Deblauwe

Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp

Isra Deblauwe holds a PhD in sciences and has over 15 years of experience in veterinary and medical entomology with a special interest in vector ecology, monitoring and taxonomy. Since 2012, she coordinated several Aedes invasive mosquito species (AIM) monitoring projects. She is currently a member of the VEN (Vectornet Entomological Network). She works at the Entomology Unit of ITM.

My favourite mosquito species is Sabethes cyaneus, the feather-like paddles and the shiny color make it look stunning!

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Përparim Kadriaj


Përparim Kadriaj is a vet/entomologist affiliated to the Institute of Public Health, Tirana, Albania. He has obtained his PhD in Veterinary and Medical Entomology in 2018. Responsibilities and duties: Control of Vector Diseases in Albania; Vector surveillance and control; conducting field trips in the framework of different research projects and emergencies in case of disease outbreaks; coordinating and conducting scientific research.

Main research interest is vector ecology and control, with a focus on ticks borne diseases, mosquitoes and sand flies. Specific interests invasive Aedes mosquitoes, WNV and Culex, Hyalomma, Ixodes and Rhipicephalus ticks, He has contributed in establishing and implementation of the Mosquitoes Control Program in urban and coastal areas of Albania focused on the control of native and invasive species and now he is part of the monitoring group for the evaluation of the efficacy of the treatment through entomological surveillance.

My favourite mosquito species are Aedes albopictus and Culex tritaeniorhynchus.

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Elton Rogozi

Senior Medical Entomologist at Vectors’ Control Unit,Control of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Department, Institute of Public Health

Dr. Elton Rogozi is working since 2005 as a Medical Entomologist and Rodentologist in the Institute of Public Health, Tirana, Albania. He is graduated for Special Biology (2005), and did his Master of Science in Zoology (2008). In 2010 he was graduated for Diploma in Applied Parasitology and Entomology in Malaysia and defended his PhD in 2013 in the University of Tirana on Entomology. His main research includes the studies on the ecology, taxonomy and control of mosquitoes and rodents in Albania. He studies the Anopheles malaria vectors, Aedes invasive species and Culex mosquitoes, their capacity and competency as vectors of pathogens in human.  He is part of the commission that evaluate the dossiers for the importation of biocides in Albania. As well, he is involved as an expert of entomology in the 8 years long program of the mosquito control in Albania on the entomological surveillance and monitoring of the process of mosquito larval control. His main interest is the researches focused on mosquitoes and their control. He has been part of several projects, has published several papers for mosquitoes and rodents, as well, he has participated with oral and poster presentations in Scientific Conferences and Congresses in Europe, USA and Asia. He is lecturer/pedagogue of “Health Education” in the University of Tirana in the Department of Biology for the second grade master students.

My favourite mosquito species is the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, which was firstly noted and reported in Albania in 1979. The species was thought to be transported from China with the used tired with larvae, due to the communication with China and Comuniusm System in Albania during the early 1979’s. It is one of the main and most important vectors in the group of mosquitoes, which is a family of more than 3500 species in the Culicidae family of the Diptera order. Aedes albopictus is the principal vector of several viruses and pathogen agents and an exotic and beautiful mosquito species. Its habitat and distribution is as diverse, as I feel that i’s the most important mosquito to be studied and with new techniques of collection and surveillance if its populations.

Selection of scientific papers

  • Elton Rogozi, Rohani bt. Ahmad, Zamree Ismail and Silva Bino. Biting activityof some mosquito species in thre Malay recreational parks and their role in public health. “Medical Journal” Ministry of Health, 2011, Nr. 4, pp. 6-14. 
  • Elton Rogozi, Rohani bt. Ahmad, and Zamree Ismail, 2012. Distribution and species composition of mosquitoes in three Malay recreational parks. Albanian Medical Journal: Ministry of Health, December 2012, No. 4.
  • Elton Rogozi, Rohani Bt. AHMAD and Z. ISMAIL, 2012. Biological diversity and species similarity of mosquitoes in three Malay recreational parks Selangor, Malaysia. Bulletin of Science, Faculty of Natural Science, No. 14, pp 189-2001.
  • Elton Rogozi, Ferdinand Bego, Anna Papa, Kujtim Mersini and Silva Bino, 2012. Distribution and ecology of small mammals in Albania. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 23(3):258- 68. 

Maria Sophia Unterköfler

PhD Student, EVPC Resident, Insitute of Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

21.01.2020: Doctor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Vetmeduni Vienna 01.02.2012: Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Vetmeduni Vienn

10/2013–10/2015 Assisting veterinarian Equine hospital at Kirchberg (Germany) 10/2012–09/2013 Internship equine medicine University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna 04/2012–07/2012 Internship Equine hospital Troytown (Ireland)

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Diego Parrondo Montón


My work in the Vector Ecology sector (ECOVET-IM / SUPSI) is very diverse. We conduct scientific research studies on mosquitoes (mostly invasive, such as Ae. albopictus, Ae. japonicus and Ae.koreicus). We also coordinate entomological surveillance and control of invasive mosquitoes in the country.

In addition, I carry out teaching and academic works and participated in entomological projects covering other vectors such as sandflies, blackflies etc.

Understanding the problem, through scientific study, and having the operational and management capacity to implement IVM (Integrated vector management) allows us to solve serious problems that threaten public health and the welfare of citizens

My favourite mosquito species is the Asian bush mosquito, Aedes japonicus, because they like to be in the woods and the colour of their thoraxes are like an artwork.

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Nikolina Sokolovska

Head of Unit for vector control and Laboratory of entomology / PHI Center for public health-Skopje, North Macedonia

MSci.Nikolina Sokolovska is working since 2012 as a Medical Entomologist in PHI Center for public health-Skopje, North Macedonia. She is graduated agriculture engineer, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” – Skopje, Faculty for  Agricultural Sciences and Food. Master in Science of PHYTOMEDICINE (Entomology) the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food, Skopje. Her main research includes the studies on the ecology, taxonomy and control of mosquitoes and  continuous international relationship. The entomological team managed by Nikolina proved for the first time the presence of the Asian tiger mosquito in North Macedonia in 2016.  She is preparing expert opinions on the implementation of preventive fumigation to prevent and suppress the vector – transmitted diseases in the territory of the local self- developed in Skopje, Monitoring of mosquitoes on the territory of the City of Skopje, Improving and  Surveillence of the invasive mosquitoes (Aedes ssp.) on the territory Republic of North  Macedonia, her team together with team from IPH prepare action plan for surveillance West Nile virus in all territory. She has been part of several projects: COST TD 1303 – EurNegVec (2013-2017) MC; IAEA TCRER 5022 GIS – (2016 -2020); MediLab Secure; VectorNet; COST  IAM CA 17108–(2018- 2022)MC.

My favourite mosquito species is the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, the species established  in North Macedonia 2016, and in the Capital Skopje 2017 and is intensively expanding through new territories.

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Hans-Peter Fuehrer

PD Mag. Dr. Institute of Parasitology – Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria

Hans-Peter is head of the vector and vector-borne disease group at the Institute of Parasitology (Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria). His main focus is set on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, molecular diagnostics, invasion biology and global change.

My favourite mosquito species is Toxorhynchites sp., because it is cute.

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