The President and the EMCA Board together with the organising committee led by Hans Jerrentrup, cordially invite you to attend our Xth International EMCA Conference to be held at AGES in Vienna, Austria, from 3rd to 7th October, 2021.

“New insights into mosquito and blackfly control”

We decided to initiate the planning of the International EMCA Conference despite of the many Covid-19 restraints still in place. However, we are confident that by the end of the summer the lockdowns and travel restrictions will be lifted. However, travelers might have to be in possession of a vaccination pass or a negative Sars-Cov-19 virus test. In case restrictions will be prolonged, only a one-day virtual meeting will be organised (with lower registration fees; to be decided by early July). Sure, it would be great to meet again face-to-face. The beautiful city of Vienna, situated in the middle of Europe, would offer an excellent start to resume our lively and inspiring meetings.


1.       General information

The participants will arrive on Sunday, 3rd October, and enjoy an evening welcome cocktail. The conference will start officially on Monday 4th October morning and last through Thursday afternoon 7th October, with a succession of scientific sessions (oral and posters), round tables, and social events.

Organising committee:

Franz Allerberger (AGES, Austria)

Karin Bakran-Lebl (AGES, Austria)

Rubén Bueno Marí (EMCA past president, Spain)

Andrea Drago (EMCA board, Italy)

Hans Jerrentrup (Gelsenverein, Austria)

Peter Lüthy (EMCA treasurer, Switzerland)

Francis Schaffner (EMCA president, Switzerland)

Mahi Slavi (EMCA secretary, Greece)

Christoph Unger (AGES, Austria)


Scientific committee:

Karin Bakran-Lebl (AGES, Austria)

Rubén Bueno Marí (EMCA past president, Spain)

Hans-Peter Führer (VetMed Uni Vienna, Austria)

Sandra Gewehr (Ecodevelopment S.A., Greece)

Hans Jerrentrup (Gelsenverein, Austria)

Jan O. Lundström (Biological Mosquito Control, Sweden)

Francis Schaffner (EMCA president, Switzerland)


2.       Travel

Vienna is reached conveniently by air, train and car. Easy and rapid connections between the airport and the city of Vienna are available. Check Vienna Public Transport for details.


3.       Accommodation

Hotels with different price categories are available for self-booking. Our local organiser AGES have arranged special conditions for EMCA 2021 participants. The room contingents are available until a mid-September. All hotels were selected to have good public transport connections to the venue. For detailed information, please see the conference website.


4.       Registration fees

Registration fees include access to all sessions, breaks, lunches, and social events (except IAEA visit):

Regular and sustaining members: 390 €

Non-members: 490 €

Student member: 200 €

Student non-member: 250 €

Accompanying person: 130 € (incl. are all breaks and social events)

Optional visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency facilities at Seibersdorf, with a limited number of participants on pre-registration only (due to security-check requirement): 15 €

Cancellation policy: In the light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic it is difficult to predict the official regulations concerning travel and attendance of conferences set up by the European Union or single countries. Therefore, the organisers have agreed on a “soft-cancellation” policy:

If the conference must be cancelled by the organisers due to official restrictions because of Covid-19, all registration fees will be reimbursed completely. If this is not the case, the general cancellation policy and deadlines for reimbursement of AGES apply (§15.6: For cancellations within 14 days before the event, a cancellation fee of 50%, for cancellations within 3 days before the event or in case of no-show, 100% of the registration fee will be charged. Cancellations have to be submitted in writing. Alternatively, another participant may be nominated.). The organisers will keep the participants posted about any updates of that matter and publish them on the conference website.

However, it remains the personal responsibility of the participant to inform himself/herself about all rules and precautionary measures of his home country and the hosting country for traveling, and to follow them. In addition, EMCA advises to take a travel insurance. The booking of suitable accommodation is up to the participant.


5.       Timetable for the planning of the conference

Third announcement with registration forms and instructions for submission of abstracts of oral and poster presentations: June 14th.

Beginning of registration and submission of abstracts: June 14th.

End of abstract submission1: August 15th.

Late registration without abstracts (including on place): after August 15th

End of registration: September 15th

1Abstracts will only be considered for acceptance when the author’s registration fee is paid.


6.       Scientific topics

There will be room for eight sessions. Some will be introduced by keynotes. The scientific committee has preselected the following session themes:

- Biocides regulation and advancement in insecticides development

- Biocides testing in perspective of registration

- Blackflies in Europe: where are we, where do we go?

- Citizen science and community involvement for mosquito surveillance and control

- Control of vector and harmful insects: improvement of methods and quality assessment

- Decision making processes in mosquito control

- Latest challenges and responses in mosquito control

- Mosquito control without borders in the Danube region

- Mosquito control in urban context

- Mosquito control versus nature conservation: opposition or partnership?

- New technologies and practices in surveillance and control

- Surveillance and management of invasive species

- Surveillance of vector-borne pathogens in insects

6 students awards will be given for best oral and poster presentations of total 1.200euros!


7.       Excursions and conference dinner

The excursion will bring us on Wednesday afternoon to March/Morava flood plains including live demonstrations of mosquito control generously offered by the “Verein biologische Gelsenregulierung”. It will be followed by a visit to Castle Schlosshof where a Heurigen dinner will be offered.

As an option, a visit is proposed on Thursday afternoon to the site of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Seibersdorf (SIT insect rearing facilities). The number of participants is limited to 60 persons due to security reasons (first registered, first served).

We will not organise sightseeing tours within Vienna. The city has so many beautiful and interesting sites, so that we prefer to leave it to individual decisions. However, suggestions and advice will be provided with tourism flyers.




Sunday 3rd October

17:00 – 19:00

Board meeting

19:00 – 21:00

Social event: Welcome cocktail at Zum Riesenrad - Cafe Restaurant

Monday 4th October

08:00 – 09:00

Registration at AGES facilities and poster-mounting

09:00 – 09:30

Official opening of the conference

09:30 – 10:15

Session 1

09:30 – 10:15

Keynote lecture

10:15 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30

Session 1, continuing

12:30 – 13:30


13.30 – 15:00

Session 2

15.00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15.30 – 17:00

Session 3

Tuesday 5th October

09:00 – 10:30

Session 4

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Session 5

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Poster session

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00

Session 6

17:00 – 17:30

Round table

Wednesday 6th October

09:00 – 10:00

Session 7

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00

EMCA Annual General Meeting

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 16:00

Social event: Excursion to March/Morava flood plains for demonstration of mosquito control

16:30 – 18:30

Social event: Visit to castle Schlosshof

19:00 – 21:00

Social event: Heurigen Dinner at Schlosshof

Thursday 7th October

09:00 – 10:30

Session 8

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Closure of the conference, prices, tribute, etc.

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 17:00

Social event (OPTIONAL - not included in registration fees):

Visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency facilities at Seibersdorf, with pre-registration only (security-check requirement; 60 people)


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