WS coordinators: C. Billinis, N. Papadopoulos, C. Hadjichristodoulou

This all-day workshop will be held on Monday, August 27th, 2018. It aims to combine the existing knowledge in wildlife and biomedical research and the acquired experience with field work activities. The attendants will gain the necessary practical knowledge to conduct research and interpret the acquired data following formal analysis. The major sections of this workshop are (a) field data collection, and (b) analysis with special reference to the West Nile virus (WNV) example. Special emphasis has been placed on field sampling techniques, data archiving, curing and preparation, advanced statistical analysis and GIS modelling. Participants will attend and execute (a) field work activities (data collection, wild bird count, trapset-up, capturing selected species of mosquitoes, adult and larvae sampling), (b) desktop work (preparation of data, enter field data using suitable statistical software, selection of parameters, descriptive analysis and results’ interpretation, analyze field data through applied multivariate statistical analysis using methods such as Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Cluster analysis, GIS data base development, and GIS modelling), and (c)  identification of major mosquito species to genus and species level.

Participants will be introduced to the state-of-the-art methodology for biomedical studies, including clinical trials, observational studies, sampling and GIS modelling.

Field work will be conducted in the Area of Karla lake-wetland (Mavrovouni Kefalovriso – Velestino) in cooperation with Ecodevelopment (Karla Management Body). Karla wetland in part of the NATURA 2000 network (GR1420004)-(GR1430007)-Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). Presentations, data analysis and round table discussions will be held at the Department of Medicine (Viopolis, Larissa).

This all day workshop will be held on Monday, August 27th, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Workshop registration includes training materials, light lunch, coffee and refreshments as well as the transportation to Karla lake-wetland. Registration is limited to 45 participants.


  • Prof. Periklis Birtsas, Laboratory of Wildlife Ecology, Department of Forestry and Natural Environment, University of Applied Sciences-TEI  of Thessaly, Greece,
  • Konstantinos Papaspyropoulos PhD, Special Advisor of Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy,
  • Christos Sokos PhD, Department of Wildlife and Hunting, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece,
  • Alexios Giannakopoulos, Phd Wildlife Ecology Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Veterinary Faculty, University of Thessaly, Greece),
  • Ast. Prof George Rachiotis, Nikolas Bitsolas, Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Dr. Charalampos Ioannou, Laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, mosquito specialist,
  • Mr. George Mastronikolos, Laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology.
  • Dr. Thomas Kilindris, Laboratory of Medical Physics & Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly,
  • Georgia Delivasi, MSc, Ioannis Vergos, MSc, Dimitris Michalakis, Management Body of Ecodevelopment Area of Karla – Mavrovouni – Kefalovriso – Velestino.
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