RESEARCH & NETWORKS

We are experienced SME partners in multidisciplinary national and international research projects. Our research topics: Spatial sampling strategies with particular emphasis on complex sampling design and on the issue of false negatives, Spatial distribution & abundance models, Wind dispersal models, Livestock distribution surveys and spatial models, Disease mapping and spatial risk assessment, Outbreak management and crisis simulation, Spatial model uncertainty assessment

ALIEN-ALERT

Project Title: 
Horizon scanning for new pests and invasive species in Belgium
Acronym: 
ALIEN-ALERT
Start: 
2012
End: 
2013
Duration in months: 
12
Funding agency: 
Belgian Science Policy Office (Belspo), Brussels, Belgium.
Executing agency: 
Avia-GIS is part of a consortium of seven partners led by AGERNE (Gembloux, Belgium).
Geograpic tags: 
Europe, Benelux, Belgium.

Avia-GIS is in charge of: 

  1. Modelling the potential spread of invasive species in Belgium based on data of current distribution provided by project partners: Aedes japonicus, Agrilus planipennis, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Carpobrotus edulis, Diabrotica virgifera, Procambarus clarkii, Rana cartesbeiana, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Sciurus carolineusis
  2. Identifying potential donor areas outside Belgium from where future invasive species may originate (species independent). 

EDEN - EDENext

Project Title: 
Emerging diseases in a changing European environment - Biology and control of vector-borne infections in Europe.
Acronym: 
EDEN - EDENext
Start: 
2004
End: 
2015
Duration in months: 
118
Funding agency: 
FP6 (Brussels, Belgium)
Executing agency: 
Avia-GIS
Geograpic tags: 
Europe, European Union, Africa, Northern Africa, Western Africa

Avia-GIS was commissioned by CIRAD to establish the pan-European EDEN consortium and write the project. In EDEN Avia-GIS is secretary of the Steering Committee in charge of operational management of the project and as part of Euro-AEGIS. Avia-GIS is research partner of the consortium of 49 partners led by CIRAD, La recherché Agronomique pour le Dévelopement (Montpellier, France).  Euro-AEGIS is a European Economic Interest Grouping joining the efforts of Avia-GIS and ERGO, the Environmental Research Group Oxford (UK).In EDEN (2004-2010) Euro-AEGIS was in charge of developing

  1. Spatial data layers for spatial epidemiology;
  2. Secured databases promoting access and exchange of data between partners;
  3. The Geo-Explorer a query tool for the spatial data archive;
  4. Providing training in GIS applied to spatial epidemiology.

In EDENext (2011-2015) the follow-up project of EDEN, Euro-AEGIS is in charge of:

  1. Service component: spatial data management, spatial information systems, GIS training and distance learning;
  2. Research component: species distribution models and wind-spread models for vector-borne diseases.

Epi-STIS

Project Title: 
Remote Sensing tools to study the Epidemiology and Space/Time Dynamics of diseases
Acronym: 
Epi-STIS
Start: 
2007
End: 
2010
Duration in months: 
48
Funding agency: 
Belspo, Brussels, Belgium
Executing agency: 
ITM, Brussels
Participating agency: 
Consortium of 7 partners
Geograpic tags: 
Europe, Africa, South Africa, Kruger Parc.

Avia-GIS initiated this project and is part of a consortium with 7 partners led by the Institute for Tropical Medicine (ITM, Antwerp, Belgium)

  1. Partim bluetongue Europe: Avia-GIS was in charge of developing third generation wind models to predict the spread of bluetongue serotypes in Europe and explore how such a model may contribute to improved operational reactivity in case of a new outbreak.
  2. Partim FMD South-Africa: Avia-GIS was in charge of developing spatial distribution models and an integrative STIS to contribute to the management of FMD at the wild-life / livestock interface in Kruger Parc. 

SATHELI

Project Title: 
Identification of the spatio-temporal dynamics of vector habitat landscape features using UAV
Acronym: 
SATHELI
Start: 
2011
End: 
2013
Duration in months: 
24
Funding agency: 
Belspo, Brussels, Belgium
Participating agency: 
Consortium of 3 partners
Geograpic tags: 
Europe, Belgium, Flanders

Avia-GIS initiated this project and is part of a consortium of 3 partners led by FORSIT of the University of Ghent. Avia-GIS was in charge of:

  1. Developing UAV based mapping solutions for precision landscape mapping as part of a study on Fasciola hepatica risk habitats at the farm level;
  2. Developing a spatial risk model at the landscape scale integrating results obtained using UAV imagery, very high resolution satellite imagery and ground-based sampling outputs.  

VBORNET - VECTORNET

Project Title: 
European network for arthropod vector surveillance for veterinary and human public health.
Acronym: 
VBORNET - VECTORNET
Start: 
2014
End: 
2018
Duration in months: 
102
Funding agency: 
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC, Stockholm, Sweden) jointly with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, Parma, Italy).
Executing agency: 
Avia-GIS, leading a consortium of 21 partners
Geograpic tags: 
European Community, European periphery, Northern Africa, Middle East, European Overseas Territories.

Avia-GIS is leading a consortium of 21 partners that aimed of developing VECTORNET, the follow-up network of VBORNET, which is being extended to also include vectors of veterinary importance as well as significant resources to plan addditional field surveys in Europe. The aim of VBORNET was to: 

  1. ​Develop and coordinate a Pan-European network of experts in vector-borne diseases (VBDs); 
  2. Develop, implement and maintain a spatial information system and database to produce regularly updated and validated maps of all main vectors (Mosquitoes, Ticks, Phlebotomines) and vector surveillance activities in Europe;
  3. Provide ad-hoc technical back-up to ECDC on VBDs;
  4. Provide strategic material on Public Health issues related to VBDs.

In VECTORNET the network is expanded to also include: 

  1. Veterinary VBDs and Culicoides as an additional vector group;
  2. Northern Africa, the Middle East and eastern countries adjacent to Europe;
  3. Substantial funding for additional field work to fill gaps in maps.