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MC meeting and workshop in Denmark

Location: Nyborg, Denmark

18-19 April 2024

PRAGMATICK MC meeting and workshop about urban tick and tick-borne pathogen hotspots, effect of anthropogenic pressure


18th April NordTick & PRAGMATICK joint session 4

Chairs: Gábor Földvári (Hungary), Georg Duscher (Austria)

Tick biology, ecology and interplay with pathogenic microorganisms


08.30-09.20      Keynote 4: Önder Ergönül: CCHF

09.20-09.30       Short break

09.30-10.30        Session 4 continued:

Anton de Jong: Rapportera Fästing” – a tool to enhance citizen science-based reporting of tick findings

Jani Sormunen: Citizen Science Monitoring of Tick Contact Areas in Finland – Lessons, Results and Uses for Data

Margriet Harms: a citizen science platform for tick bite surveillance in the Netherlands

Eva Kallio: Amplification or dilution? Quantifying the role of hosts in tick-Borrelia interplay with natural islands mesocosms

Pierre Boyer: Evaluating MALDI-TOF MS for Tick Identification and Pathogen Detection : Advancing Shared Scientific Resources

Nosheen Kiran: Effects of rodent abundance on ticks and Borrelia – results from an experimental and observational study in an island system

10.30-10.50         Coffee break & take down posters

10.50-12.15          Session 4 continued:

Keynote 5: Matias Szabo: Factors related to the spread and urbanization of the tick-borne Brazilian Spotted Fever

Theophilus Yaw Alale: Genomic signatures of hybridization between Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes persulcatus in Finland

Pierre Boyer – Evaluating MALDI-TOF MS for tick identification and pathogen detection: Advancing shared scientific resources

Lene Jung Kjær: Temporal dynamics of tick abundance in Denmark, 2017-2024

12.15-12.30          Pictorial review of the conference, closing address, young scientist award, welcome to NordTick 2026!

12.30-14.00         End of NordTick & lunch for NordTick participants, PRAGMATICK participants can buy lunch in the town


14.00-14.15         PRAGMATICK welcome from Gábor Földvári

14.15-14.25          Kayleigh Hansford: WG2 recap of aims/objectives

14.25-15.25         WG2 Urban ticks (10 mins to present, 5 mins questions per talk)

                         Natasha Rudenko: Ticks and TBP in an urban homeless and shelter animals

Nadya Mitkova: Borrelia burgdorferi  infection in bird-feeding Ixodes ricinus ticks in Bulgaria

Jani Sormunen: Ticks, tick-borne pathogens and maintenance hosts in urban green spaces in Finland

Ömer Okrun: Investigation on the population structure of Dermacentor marginatus in Anatolia and the pathogens they carry

15.25-15.45         Coffee break

15.45-16.30         WG2 Urban ticks (10 mins to present, 5 mins questions per talk)

Kurtesh Sherifi: First detection of zoonotic tick-borne pathogens in Ixodes ricinus from urban area in Republic of Kosovo

Grace Plahe: Ixodes ricinus abundance and Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. prevalence in urban greenspaces of UK towns and their associated hinterland

Andrei Daniel Mihalca: Tick Talk: From Forests to Streets

16:30-18.30         Management Committee meeting

                         Note that there is no organised group dinner


19th April PRAGMATICK STSMs & stakeholder engagement

After presentations from STSM grantees, scientists from the UK Health Security Agency’s Behavioural Science and Insights Unit will give an overview of how to use systematic and evidence-based approaches to design, deliver and evaluate interventions to encourage uptake of recommended public health messaging. These sessions will involve a quick introduction to the approach, an interactive stakeholder mapping exercise, and a workshop exploring good practice for community and stakeholder engagement.

08.30-09.30       STSM grantees (10 mins to present, 10 mins for questions at end)

                         Camille Philippe: Phylogeny and 16S population structure of the tick microbiome in ticks collected from different ecoregions in Belgium

                         Éva Szabó:  Which pathogens can the neglected winter ticks (Haemaphysalis inermis) carry?

                         Ilaria Prandi: Study of tick-borne pathogens in ticks and tissues of European hedgehogs living in urban and peri-urban settings in Italy

                         Eleftherios Meletis:  Assessment of scutal/coxal indices, presence of Borrelia in ticks to identify high-risk Borrelia infected patients with BLCMs

                         Noureddine Mechouk: Population genetics of Dermacentor spp and Hyalomma spp from Algeria

09.30-10.00        Dale Weston/Sarah Masterton: An introduction to behavioural science and intervention design

10.00-10.20         Coffee break

10.20-11.05          Dale Weston/Sarah Masterton: Stakeholder and behavioural mapping in groups

11.05-11.50         Dale Weston/Sarah Masterton: What makes engagement successful?

11.50-13.15           Lunch (you can purchase from a venue in the town or hotel, but hotel space is limited)

13.15-14.00          Engagement (10 mins to present, 5 mins questions per talk)

                         Felix Valcarcel: Citizen-scientific project aiming at the establishment of a national Tick Surveillance Plan in Spain

                         Cláudia Norte: “Find the tick before it finds you” – raising children’s awareness about tick-borne diseases.

Kayleigh Hansford: Tick awareness and engagement in the UK

14.00-14:45         Kayleigh Hansford/Jolyon Medlock: Group discussion on gaps/priorities, outputs and 2024 plans (implementing DAMA and joining up across the group)

14.45-15.15         Close


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