Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

STSM positions offered

(!) Please note that applicants can choose any lab from participating COST Countries, even if not listed here.



University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

  • Contact person: Andrei D. Mihalca (

  • Topics: (1) Tick taxonomy (2) Laboratory and field protocols for canine vector-borne diseases

  • Prefered period in 2015: any (to be discussed prior to application)

  • Length of stay: 2 weeks-3 months


Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University, Rehovot

  • Contact person: Shimon Harrus (

  • Topics: (1) Molecular diagnosis of Bartonella and Rickettsia spp.

  • Prefered period in 2015: II, IV-VII

  • Length of stay: 3 weeks - 3 months

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research

  • Contact person: Boris Krasnov (

  • Topic: (1) flea-mammal interactions: reproductive aspects, (2) community ecology of ectoparasites: theories and statistics; (3) ectoparasites biogeography.

  • Prefered period in 2015: II-IV, VI-VII, X-XII

  • Length of stay: 1-3 months


National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM)

  • Contact person: Hein Sprong (

  • Topics: (1) Molecular detection and typing of tickborne pathogens: Anaplasma, Rickettsia, Borrelia, Coxiella. (2) Molecular epidemiology, Phylogenetics, Public health, Surveillance systems.

  • Prefered period in 2015: VII-XII

  • Length of stay: 2 weeks-2 months


Murcia University, Animal Health Department

  • Contact person: Eduardo Berriatua (

  • Topics: (1) Epidemiological study design and data analysis. (2) Leishmania epidemiology and sandfly ecology. (3) Sandfly trapping, morphological speciation and barcoding

  • Prefered period in 2015: for topics (1) and (2) all year; for topic (3) V-VII or IX-X

  • Length of stay: 1-3 months

Instituto de Salud Carlos III, WHO Collaborating Centre for Leishmaniasis, Centro Nacional de Microbiología, Madrid

Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Granada University

  • Contact person: Joaquina Martín-Sánchez (

  • Topics: Classical and molecular epidemiology of leishmaniasis in an endemic focus of Southern Spain

  • Prefered period in 2015: V-VII or IX-XI

  • Length of stay: 2-3 months


Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical de Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

  • Contact persons: Patrícia Salgueiro (

  • Topics: (1) Aedes aegypti - Population genetics data analysis. (2) Aedes aegypti - Microsatellite amplification and Genotyping

  • Prefered period in 2015: II-IV

  • Length of stay: 2 weeks-2 months


Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezia

  • Contact person: Gioia Capelli (

  • Topics: (1) Surveillance systems for native and invasive vectors, and for mosquito-borne pathogens (especially West Nile virus); Public health; (2) Molecular detection and phylogenetics of arboviruses

  • Prefered period in 2015: VI-VIII

  • Length of stay: 2 weeks - 2 months

University of Naples, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Productions

  • Contact person: Laura Rinaldi (

  • Topics: (1) Epidemiology; (2) study design, sampling and data analysis. (3) Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote sensing for research in vectors and vector-borne infections

  • Prefered period in 2015: V-VII

  • Length of stay: 2 weeks - 1 months


University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture

  • Contact person: Aleksandra Ignjatovic Cupina (

  • Topics: Biology, collection, identification and monitoring of Simuliids

  • Prefered period in 2015: VII

  • Length of stay: 1-2 weeks


University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Department for Pathobiology, Institute of Parasitology

  • Contact Person: Hans-Peter Führer (

  • Topics: (1) Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne parasitic diseases (Dirofilaria), molecular epidemiology, phylogenetics

  • Preffered period in 2015: VII-IX

  • Length of stay: 2 weeks - 2 months


National Reference Center of Vector Entomology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich

  • Contact person: Cornelia Silaghi (

  • Topics: (1) Vector competence (Ceratopogonidae, Culicidae) (2) Vector Ecology (3) New identification tools

  • Prefered period in 2015: April-October 

  • Length of stay: minimum 1 month, up to 3 months