Keynote Speakers

    DR. RAMAN VELAYUDHAN (World Health Organization, WHO) WHO

    Dr. Raman Velayudhan will speak about current major challenges concerning the implementation of vector management programs in urban environments with special emphasis on the spread of Aedes mosquitoes and associated arboviruses.

    Dr. Raman Velayudhan is the Unit Head of the Vector Ecology & Management Unit at the World Health Organization's (WHO) Department for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.


    Dr. Jason Munshi-South is a Professor of Biology at Fordham University in New York City, USA, and has also previously worked as a Rodentologist for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He runs a lab that is dedicated to understanding the ecology and evolution of species that live in cities, with a particular focus on rodents. Recently, he has published work on the spread of brown rats to cities around the world over the past few hundred years. He is also actively working on understanding the characteristics of city landscapes that facilitate the local abundance and movements of rats, as well as the factors that cause rats to evolve in response to human pressures. This work is now being extended to black rats and house mice. He will speak about how cities can use new scientific approaches to manage rodent populations in a "smart city" framework.

  • Rachel Lowe

    Rachel Lowe is an ICREA Research Professor and Global Health Resilience Team Leader in the Earth Science Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain. From 2016-2021 she was a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she continues to serve on the management committee of the Centre for Climate Change and Planetary Health. She is the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown in Europe, a transdisciplinary collaboration tracking progress on health and climate change. Rachel has published high impact research on modelling climate-sensitive disease risk, with a focus on integrating Earth Observations and seasonal climate forecasts in dengue early warning systems in Latin America, the Caribbean and in Southeast Asia.



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