Discussion… in which mosquitos not welcome

Filed under Event & Venue ~ by Press on  26 Aug 2019
Expert panel tackles the mosquito challenge in The unloved bug: problems and solutions in mosquito control at home and abroad

WHEN: Tuesday 27 August at 5.30pm – 8.00pm

WHERE: Godfrey Tanner Bar, the University of Newcastle, Callaghan

How might we better understand the pressing problems posed by mosquitoes? What is happening at the cutting edge of mosquito-related research? And what role can environmental management play?

Leading experts in mosquito, health and environmental management will come together on Tuesday 27 August at the University of Newcastle to discuss current projects and future challenges in the world of mosquitos.

As nuisance biters and vectors of diseases such as malaria and dengue, mosquitoes are unloved and even feared around the world. This year has seen devastating dengue outbreaks across Asia, including Northern Australia’s worst ever.

Yet only a handful of species of mosquito are capable of spreading disease, and the vast majority of species do not feed on humans. Mosquitoes are also an integral part of healthy wetland ecosystems.

The panel discussion is open to the public and attendance is free, tickets are available here.

Panelists:

· Associate Professor Nancy Cushing, University of Newcastle

· Professor Brett Neilan, University of Newcastle

· Professor Ary Hoffman, University of Melbourne

· Dr Paul De Barro, CSIRO

· Dr Brendan Trewin, CSIRO

· Dr Cameron Webb, NSW Health and University of Sydney

· Mr Daan Schiebaan, University of Newcastle

The panel discussion coincides with the University of Newcastle’s Grand Challenge, which is looking to solve the local and global problem of mosquitoes. The challenge asks University alumni, staff, students and the community to put their minds together to explore solutions to one of the more perplexing problems of our time.

Registrations for the Grand Challenge are open until 27 August.



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