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The CLIMOS project was showcased at 23rd Turkish Parasitology Congress


CLIMOS project, represented by Yusuf Ozbel and Seray Toz hailing from the Ege University in Turkey, participated in the 23rd National Parasitology Congress 2023.

The event was held in Antalya city with 17 Conferences, 4 Round Tables, 1 Symposium, 70 Oral and 28 poster presentations. The number of participants was around 150 with medical and veterinary parasitologists from more than 20 Universities in Turkey.

Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ozbel and Prof. Dr. Seray Töz presented the CLIMOS project through a poster titled ‘Providing Better Understanding of Climate and Environmental Drivers of Sand Fly Borne Diseases – The CLIMOS Project.’ 

Over the last two decades, four successive research consortia (EDEN, EDENext, VBORNET, and VectorNet) aimed at improving knowledge, surveillance, and control of vector-borne diseases in Europe and neighboring countries. Among these, phlebotomine sand fly-borne diseases including leishmaniasis and phleboviruses represent an important public health and veterinary concern.

CLIMOS project aims to complement and build on previous efforts, bringing together researchers, health-care and veterinary practitioners, technology platform designers, and at-risk communities, to conduct innovative and applied research seeking to better prepare for current and future impacts of climate and environmental changes on human and animal health, using sand flies and the diseases they transmit as a model system.

In Turkey, Ege University, Hacettepe University, and Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Public Health are the partners of this Consortium. Specifically, CLIMOS aims to empirically characterise the climatic, environmental, demographic, and epidemiologic characteristics associated with longitudinal datasets on sand fly presence and abundance and animal infection rates at different geographical scales across Europe and neighboring countries.

These data acquired by surveillance networks in 10 European and neighboring countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Turkey), will feed into epidemiological-climatic predictive mathematical models of realistic human-induced climatic changes scenarios to help develop an early warning system of infection and disease designed with the input of partner public health ministries for public use. The project will develop novel technologies to monitor and mitigate human-sand fly contact.


Seray TOZ 1 , Yusuf OZBEL 1 , Ozge ERISOZ KASAP 2 , Eduardo BERRIATUA 3 , Manos ATHANATOS 4 , Suzana BLESIC 5 , Gioia BONGIORNO 6 , Remi CHARREL 7 , Orin COURTENAY 8 , Maya DAVIDOVICH- COHEN 9 , Jerome DEPAQUIT 10 , Vit DVORAK 11 , Federica FERRARO 12 , Maria MAIA 13 , Valentina FOGLIA MANZILLO 14 , Nenad GLIGORIC 15 , Vladan GLIGORIJEVIC 16 , Diana GUARDADO 17 , Gordon HAMILTON 18 , Nils HEMPELMANN 19 , Tally HATZAKIS 20 , Vladimir IVOVIC 21 , Edwin KNIHA 22 , Laor ORSHAN 9 , Shlomit PAZ 23 , Florence ROBERT-GANGNEUX 2 4, Jovana SADLOVA 11 , Luis SAMANIEGO 25 , Daniel SAN MARTIN 26 , Elmas SARI 27 , Frank VAN LANGEVELDE 28 ‬, Petr VOLF 11 , David WRIGHT 19 , Carla MAIA 29

1 Ege University, Izmir, TURKEY; 2 Hacettepe University, Ankara, TURKEY, 3 University of Murcia, Murcia, SPAIN; 4 Telecommunications Systems Institute, Chania, GREECE, 5 Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, SERBIA; 6 Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, ITALY; 7 Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, FRANCE; 8 University of Warwick, Coventry, UK; 9 Israeli Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, ISRAEL; 10 University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, FRANCE; 11 Charles University, Prague, CZECHIA; 12 Ministry of Health, ITALY; 13 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, GERMANY; 14 University of Naples Federico II, Naples, ITALY; 15 Zentrix Lab, Pancevo, SERBIA 16 CubexLab, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS; 17 F6S Network, Ireland Limited, Dublin, IE; 18 Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK; 19 Open Geospatial Consortium, Leuven, BELGIUM; 20 Trilateral Research Ireland, Marine Port, IRELAND; 21 University of Primorska, Koper, SLOVENIA; 22 Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, AUSTRIA; 2 3University of Haifa, Haifa, ISRAEL; 24 University of Rennes 1, Rennes, FRANCE; 25 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, GERMANY; 26 Predictia, Santander, SPAIN; 27 Turkish Ministry of Health, Ankara, TURKEY; 28 Wageningen University, Wageningen, NETHERLANDS; 29 University Nova of Lisbon, Lisbon, PORTUGAL