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Expocida Iberia Congress Program 2024

Thursday, February 15th

09:30h WELCOME

Sergio Monge, President, ANECPLA
António Lula, Vice-President, GROQUIFAR

09:40h INAUGURATION

Dra. Maite Martín, President, ONE HEALTH
Dr. Marc Aubry, President, CEPA

10:00h INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

"Dengue: global situation, issues and risks involved"
Dr. Raman Velayudhan, Head of the Veterinary Public Health, Vector Control and Environment (VVE) Unit in the Global Programme on Neglected Tropical Diseases (UCN/NTD) at WHO Headquarters.

10:30h COFFEE BREAK

11:00h TABLE: "Management of Harmful Organisms in spaces: pest control 5.0"

Moderator: Carolina Sánchez, President, SESA

  • "Rodenticides Anticoagulants current situation and perspectives"
    Maria Luisa González, SESA
  • "Management strategies against resistance"
    Tomás Montalvo, Biologist, Barcelona Public Health Agency
  • "Bedbugs, new scenarios, big challenges"
    Jose Mª Cámara, MadridSalud
  • "Ticks, evolution and future challenges"
    Dr. Sonia Olmeda, Professor of the Dept. of Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Deputy Director of Research and Innovation of the Complutense Foundation, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).
  • "Management of urban cats, how to make it possible?"
    Mª José Montes, MadridSalud
  • Debate

13:00h - 13:10h PRESENTATION DTS OABE

"R&D in gel design: a success story"
Roberto Fañanas, DTS OABE

13:15h - 13:25h PRESENTATION BELL LABORATORIES

"The Future Starts Now! New IQ technology supports agri-food industry standards in rodent control"
Arnaud del Valle, EMEA Director, Bell Laboratories Inc.

13:30h - 13:40h PRESENTATION BASF

"New generation of Goliath Gel"
Ignacio de Anchorena, Head of Professional Pest Control Business Iberia, BASF

13:45h - 13:55h PRESENTATION iGEO ERP Cloud Platform

"Artificial Intelligence and Chat GPT in the environmental health sector"
Ángel Serrano Sacristán, Founder and CEO, iGEO ERP Cloud Platform

14:00h - 14:10h PRESENTATION ENDOTHERAPY VEGETAL

"Evolution of trunk injection devices"
Lluís Olivet, Technical Director, Endotherapy Vegetal

14:10h BREAK / LUNCH

15:00h MOTIVATIONAL CONFERENCE: "THE POWER OF TRANSFORMACTION"

Speaker: Ramon Fauria, Mentalist, lecturer and international coach

15:45h TABLE: "Management of Harmful Organisms in the air: indoor air quality".

Moderator: Jesús Martínez Nogal, Managing Director, NB Group

  • "Emerging pollutants in indoor environments"
    Saúl García Dos Santos-Alves, Head of Service of the Atmospheric Contamination Area of the National Center for Environmental Health (CNSA) of the Carlos III Health Institute
  • "Importance of facilities in the management of IAC"
    Javier Aramburu, Business Unit Director, Stulz Tecnivel
  • "Challenges of the new IAC regulations"
    Paulino Pastor, President, FEDECAI
  • Debate

17:00h - 17:10h PRESENTATION KILLGERM

"Resistances for non-biologists"
Josep Parnau Fayet, Technical Director, Killgerm, S.A.

17:15h - 17:25h PRESENTATION Ekommerce IPM Solutions

"Pest control in sustainable cities"
Javier González Muñiz, Commercial Director, Ekommerce IPM Solutions

17:30h - 17:40h PRESENTATION SYNGENTA

"Advion Gel Cockroaches: data from new trials"
Dr. Kai Sievert, Technical Manager Urban Pest Control, Syngenta Professional Solutions

17:45h - 17:55h PRESENTATION ENVU

"TruDetx: the new scientific test for the early detection of bed bugs"
Daniel Lucien, Technical Service Manager, EMEA
Daniele Ferrari, Technical Service, South Europe

18:00h - 18:10h PRESENTATION GMB INTERNATIONAL

"Goliath Gel New"
Panel:
Thomas Gruenewald, Head of Marketing P&SS, BASF
Christian Morales, Product Manager, GMB International
Jordi Ruiz, Manager, Biotrack

19:00h END OF SESSION

Friday, February 16th

09:30h CONFERENCE: "Changes in the regulation of Biocides, prepare for the future".

Guillermo Díaz, Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, ADELMA

10:00h PRESENTATION EVISANE

"Technology as a tool to maximise your profitability"
Isaac Ramos Escribano, CEO and founder, Evisane

10:30h PRESENTATION MYLVA

"Know your enemy" & "New facilities, for new solutions"
Roger Brunet, MYLVA
Andrea Saiz, MYLVA

10:45h PRESENTATION QUIMUNSA

"DINOTEFURAN, the power of efficiency in Environmental Health"
Javier Calzada, Technical Director, QUIMUNSA

11:00h PRESENTATION PESTNET

"An innovative method for pine processionary control"
Enrique García, Technical Director, Pestnet Spain

11:10h COFFEE BREAK

11:30h TABLE: "Management of Harmful Organisms in water: Legionella".

Moderator: PhD. Inés Mato Naveira, Directorate General of Public Health, Department of Health, Xunta de Galicia

  • "Advances in Legionella regulatory standards"
    PhD. Covadonga Caballo, Ministry of Health
  • "Lights and shadows of RD 487/2022: a constructive criticism"
    Dr. Sebastián Crespí, president and scientific director, Biolinea Int
  • "Update of Legionella Maintenance Programmes: differences with RD 865/2003"
    Teresa Ferrer, Institute of Public and Labour Health of Navarra
  • "New tools for Legionella management, UNE 100.030 standard"
    Dr. Jorge Galván, General Manager, ANECPLA
  • Debate

13:00h WORKSHOP: "Strategies and tools in the management of flying insects".

ModeratorPhD. Mª José Notario, Director CEDESAM

  • Dr. Rubén Bueno, Technical Director and Head of the European Centre of Excellence in Vector Control at Rentokil Initial
  • Prof. Dr. Javier Lucientes, Professor of Parasitology at the University of Zaragoza
  • Dr. Mikel Alexander González, Scientific-Innovation Director, Sasti Group
  • Dr. Jordi Figuerola, Research Professor, Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC), Seville

14:30h CLOSURE

Speakers

Sergio Monge

Sergio Monge

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President, ANECPLA

A businessman in the sector for more than 15 years, his training has always been linked to Environmental Health, with a generalist, multidisciplinary and global vision focused on various sectors of knowledge, ranging from Environmental Sciences to Forestry Management.

This scientific-technical training and his accumulated experience make Monge an interdisciplinary expert in the knowledge of the scientific, technical, economic and legal aspects of the Environmental Health sector, which will lead him to the presidency of Anecpla in 2019.

António Lula

António Lula

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Vice-President, GROQUIFAR

President of the Pest Management and Environmental Health Division of Groquifar (Associação dos Grossistas de Produtos Químicos e Farmacêuticos). Graduate in Marketing and Communication from IADE (Faculdade de Design, Tecnologia e Comunicação da Universidade Europeia). Consultant and trainer, he has more than 30 years of professional experience in the Urban Pest Management Sector in companies occupying positions of general and technical management.

Dr. Raman Velayudhan

Dr. Raman Velayudhan

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Head of the Veterinary Public Health, Vector Control and Environment (VVE) Unit in the Global Programme for Neglected Tropical Diseases (UCN/NTD) at WHO Headquarters.

Dr Raman Velayudhan is recognised as an expert in veterinary public health and vector control. He has worked on the prevention and control of neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, malaria and other arboviruses. His experience includes integrated vector management and coordination of vector-borne disease control activities at WHO.

In addition, Dr Velayudhan has provided support in the implementation of vector surveillance and control at points of entry under the International Health Regulations. His extensive experience in the field of veterinary public health and vector control makes him an outstanding leader in the fight against neglected tropical diseases.

Carolina Sánchez

Carolina Sánchez

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President, SESA

President of the Spanish Society of Environmental Health (SESA) and member of the Board of Directors of the One Health Platform at national level. She is a civil servant of the Cuerpo Superior Facultativo de Instituciones Sanitarias de la Junta de Andalucía, specialising in Pharmacy.

She is responsible for the Chemical Safety Section of the Environmental Health Service in the Directorate General of Public Health and Pharmaceutical Organisation of the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs. In addition, she coordinates the Annual Programme of Surveillance and Integral Control of West Nile Fever vectors and the Andalusian Strategic Plan for Surveillance and Control of arthropod vectors with an impact on health (PEVA).

Maria Luisa González

Maria Luisa González

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SESA

Graduate in Pharmacy and Master's Degree in Health Sciences Research. After working as a Senior Public Health Technician in the Community of Madrid, she joined the Ministry of Health as a civil servant in 2007, where she has developed her career in Environmental Health, and has been a member of the Biocides Committee of the ECHA. She is an active member of SESA and belongs to the Board of Directors.

Summary of the presentation

This presentation will briefly review the evolution of approved and authorised biocides for product type 14, rodenticides, as a consequence of the application of the evaluation criteria imposed by the Biocides Regulation, as well as those for endocrine disruption.

A reflection will be made on the possible effects that may result from the approach applied by ECHA for the analysis of alternatives. It will assess how these approaches may affect the outcome of the active substance and product renewal procedures that are underway or will be launched in the near future.

All this, with the aim that the pest management and environmental health sector can be informed and anticipate the problems that could arise, in the hypothetical case that the resources for the chemical control of rodents, would be affected.

Tomás Montalvo

Tomás Montalvo

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Biologist, Barcelona Public Health Agency

Biologist. Researcher at the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red (CIBER) de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (Instituto de Salud Carlos III), he works at the Urban Pest Surveillance and Control Service of the Barcelona Public Health Agency (from 2003 to the present).

Responsible for the mosquito surveillance and control programme, as well as the vector-borne and/or reservoir-borne zoonosis programme. Lecturer in the Master of Public Health of the Pompeu Fabra University, as well as the Master of Biodiversity of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Summary of lecture

Management strategies in the face of resistance. The case of muridae

The first part of the lecture will deal with the challenges in the management of resistance to certain active substances that are used for control purposes. In the second part, the content will focus on the problem of resistance in the populations of muridae, with special emphasis on

- the importance of proactively detecting problems that may have their origin in resistances

- deepening the knowledge of resistance in specific populations

- rational use of active substances on the basis of results

Jose Mª Cámara

Jose Mª Cámara

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Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), specialising in Medicine and Health. 1987.

Since 1991, he has worked as a civil servant veterinarian in the Madrid City Council, playing roles in food safety, inspection of establishments, food analysis and veterinary health. Since 1995, he has been the technical head of the Vector Control Department, managing pest prevention and control programmes and activities in Madrid Salud. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science (Nutrition, Bromatology, Hygiene and Food Safety) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid UCM.

JM Cámara is also a regular collaborating lecturer in different masters, training and professional qualification courses, as well as a speaker at congresses and other national and international events.

Dr. Sonia Olmeda

Dr. Sonia Olmeda

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Professor of the Department of Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Deputy Director of Research and Innovation of the Complutense Foundation.

Graduate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College, Professor of the Department of Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid and Director of the UCM Diploma in Arthropods of Health Interest. Her research interests are Mediterranean ticks from their physiology, phenology to their role as vectors of pathogens and control measures.

Summary of the lecture

In the lecture we will discuss the main aspects of Mediterranean ticks, their differences and characteristics with special emphasis on the need to establish integrated control plans adapted to the tick species and the area including land use.

Mª José Montes

Mª José Montes

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Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid, head of the Animal Protection Centre of Madrid City Council between 1990 and 2000.

From 2000 to 2016, Head of the Potentially Dangerous Animals Registration Section and later Deputy to the Veterinary Services Department.

From 2016 to date, Head of the Department of Veterinary Services of the Subdirectorate General of Public Health (Madrid Salud - Madrid City Council).

Summary of the presentation

The regulations approved in recent years by different autonomous communities, and more recently the Law 7/2023 on the protection of the rights and welfare of animals, provide a legal framework for addressing the presence of community cats in our environment based on a comprehensive management of them with non-lethal methods and based on the CER method, with the aim of progressively reducing their population while controlling the contribution of new individuals with the compulsory sterilisation of housed cats, all of which expressly assigns various competences and responsibilities for community cat colonies to both local and regional administrations.

The main purpose is none other than to improve the cats' quality of life, reduce the problems associated with their overpopulation, and enable their proper integration into the environment. In fact, article 38 of the aforementioned Law 7/2023 expressly states that the purpose of the entire chapter of this law dedicated to cat colonies is none other than the population control of all community cats, with the aim of progressively reducing their population while maintaining their protection as companion animals.

Madrid City Council has been implementing a set of strategies and procedures for action on urban cat populations in the city of Madrid, based on management using the CER (capture-neuter-return) method, but supported by the following 5 pillars:

- Defining and agreeing on a basic protocol for action.

- Creation of a census of cat populations with the aim of having information on the number and location of urban cat populations in order to define, quantify, implement and evaluate action strategies.

- Training and information of those involved: municipal staff, feeders/caretakers, neighbours, others affected, ...

- Verification of the management and handling conditions of the census cat populations, and implementation of mediation activities for conflict resolution.

- Sterilisation and return or adoption of urban cats, according to criteria of efficiency and good management.

During the presentation we will develop these aspects, indicating which are the most important ones that, in our experience, should be emphasised in order to address this challenge in a satisfactory way for all citizens, and always in accordance with the current legal framework.

Ramon Fauria

Ramon Fauria

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Mentalist, lecturer and international coach

A unique conference where leading corporate mentalist, international speaker and master coach, Ramon Fauria, will reveal keys to enhance communication, influence and persuasion. He will explore the power of the mind, teamwork as a competitive advantage and emotional management to achieve success and happiness.

You will discover how verbal and non-verbal communication, along with purpose and mindset, play a crucial role in results.

Jesús Martínez Nogal

Jesús Martínez Nogal

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Managing Director of the NB Group

Jesús MARTÍNEZ NOGAL is Managing Director of the NB Group and holds an MBA in Business Management and Administration. He is a member of research projects on indoor air quality and Legionella, as well as the CTN 171 Indoor Environmental Quality.

He is a trainer in specialised courses, speaker at congresses on hygienisation of air conditioning systems and CAI evaluations. He is also a founding member and first president of AVECAI (Basque Association of Indoor Environmental Quality Companies).

His solid experience and contributions position him as a reference in the sector.

Saúl García Dos Santos-Alves

Saúl García Dos Santos-Alves

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Head of Service of the Atmospheric Pollution Area of the National Centre for Environmental Health (CNSA) of the Carlos III Health Institute.

Pharmacist since 1982, extending his environmental studies from 1987 to 1988 at the College of Environmental Sciences (State University of New York). Civil servant since 1989, in the Area of Atmospheric Pollution (ACA), he has had responsibilities in testing, consultancy, standardisation, etc. With the RD 102/2011 the ACA was recognised as a National Reference Laboratory (NRL) in ambient air (AA), but since 1994 he has participated in AQUILA (European Association of National NRLs) participating in the development of European Directives (ED), intercomparisons, methodological development, etc.

As secretary of AEN/CTN 77 sc2 "air" of AENOR/UNE he has participated in the development of 6 European Standards (EN) with CEN/TC 264 "air quality". These EN standards have been designated by the EC as DE reference methods. In indoor environments, he has participated from the drafting of specific standards (UNE, EN, ISO and UNE) to collaborating in CAI studies carried out by the ACA. Finally, he has been a trainer of personnel in AA and CAI and participated/managed European and national research projects in ambient air.

Summary of paper

When talking about the avoidance of the risks associated with the management of an IAC, it must be taken into account that these depend on two main factors: the concentration of the "pollutant" present and the time of exposure to it, of the occupant of the enclosure to be evaluated. Furthermore, in this last factor, the risk will depend on the physiological state of the occupant as well as the existence or not of other previous pathologies.

Consequently, before starting any CAI management, the TSCAI should take into account 4 fundamental points. Namely: What is the pollutant to be studied, be it physical, chemical and/or biological; what concentrations can be expected, what analytical methods are available and whether or not they are suitable (accredited, validated, based on standards, etc.), if possible with an estimate of their uncertainty and finally what are the risks to the occupants in the short and long term in the premises being evaluated. Obviously, these 4 points would be adequately covered by legislation, with threshold values and/or limits if available (there are exceptions such as radon and/or legionella), as has been the current ambient air management (outdoor). While waiting for the administration to decide to enact such legislation, for those pollutants associated with a "potentially" significant risk, CAI companies have opted for self-regulation. However, this should not be an excuse for not pursuing excellence in the management of an IAC.

Finally, new challenges are presented by the presence of common contaminants, but which need further analysis. These include, among the physical risks, lighting, electromagnetic fields and, among the chemical risks, COSVs (Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds). With regard to biological risks, the risks associated with fungi of the genus "Aspergillus" and especially "Fumigatus", which has a clear health risk, and whose population presents a high percentage of resistance to azoles, have recently become evident.

Javier Aramburu

Javier Aramburu

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Business Unit Manager Stulz Tecnivel

Javier Aramburu specialises in the design and management of air conditioning and mechanical installation projects in the industrial and building sectors. He is responsible for technical and training in companies in the sector.

Summary of the lecture

The lecture will deal with the constructive designs of ventilation systems and the operation and maintenance criteria to guarantee indoor air quality according to the regulations. Topics such as Air Treatment Units, air distribution networks, air diffusion in occupied premises, operation of ventilation systems and the maintenance of equipment to ensure their efficiency will be covered.

Paulino Pastor

Paulino Pastor

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FEDECAI, President

Industrial Technical Engineer with a Master's degree in Occupational Risk Prevention, specialising in Indoor Environmental Quality and Environmental Biosafety. He has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of environmental quality and energy efficiency.

Summary of the presentation

Challenges in the new indoor environmental quality regulations.

The UNE 171330 standard will be updated during the year 2024, there are many and important new aspects that incorporates the regulatory text, the presentation will develop each of these aspects, new parameters to analyze, changes in the way of assessing the results in a variable way depending on the type of space considered, new types of inspection is hygienic sanitary in air conditioning systems, among other aspects. This new standard will probably be one of the most advanced in terms of indoor environmental quality in the world.

Guillermo Diaz

Guillermo Diaz

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Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs (ADELMA)

Environmental Engineer by the School of Industrial Organisation (E.O.I.) of Madrid, he holds a Master in Executive MBA from ICADE Business School, Universidad Pontificia Comillas. In addition, he is the Coordinator of the Working Group on Biocidal Products in the Spanish Chemical Industry Federation (FEIQUE).

Summary of presentation

Changes in the regulation of Biocides, prepare for the future.

The future regulatory outlook for the Chemical Industry will be addressed from a European and national point of view, including all the new developments that companies that market, manufacture, handle or use pesticides and biocides will have to face, as well as what we can expect from the future modification of Regulation 528/2012 on Biocidal Products.

Dra. Inés Mato Naveira

Dra. Inés Mato Naveira

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Dirección General de Salud Pública. Consellería de Sanidad. Xunta de Galicia

Doctora cum laude en Farmacia en Química Analítica, Nutrición y Bromatología y Licenciada en Química por la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. Diplomada en Sanidad, posee dos máster, Máster en prevención de riesgos laborales, gestión de los sistemas de calidad y gestión de los sistemas medioambientales y Máster en Economía de la Salud.

Farmacéutica inspectora de Saúde Pública, ha ocupado desde el año 2001 diferentes puestos en salud pública como inspectora, técnica y jefa de sección.

En enero del 2020 ocupa el puesto de jefa de docencia en la Axencia Galega de Coñecemento en Saúde (ACIS) y desde noviembre de 2020, el cargo de Subdirectora General de Programas de Control de Riesgos Ambientales para la Salud de la Dirección General de Salud Pública de la Consellería de Sanidad en la Xunta de Galicia.

Dr. Sebastián Crespí

Dr. Sebastián Crespí

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President and scientific director of Biolinea Int.

Dr. Sebastián Crespí is co-author of the European Technical Guide for the prevention and control of Legionellosis (ESGLI). He has contributed as an author in the book "Legionella and the prevention of Legionellosis" (WHO) and as an expert in the guide "Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality (WHO).

Summary of paper

Updating of Legionella Maintenance Programmes: differences with RD 865/2003
The implementation of Royal Decree 487/2022 on the prevention and control of Legionella has been hampered by various vicissitudes, including the publication of Royal Decree 3/2023 on the quality of drinking water, which has introduced relevant novelties with regard to priority buildings, and the proposal of a draft amendment to the Royal Decree itself, which has left relevant parts of the original decree up in the air. On the other hand, like all complex legislation, it presents lights and shadows that deserve a detailed review and constructive criticism.

The most controversial aspects of RD 487/22 include the parametric limit for Legionella in drinking water, the separation of preventive plans into two essentially different models (PPCL and PSL), the lack of clarity in the training requirements for the personnel involved, the possibility of conflict with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, particularly in areas such as energy and water saving, or some cost-ineffective analytical requirements, such as those related to aerobic counts and the determination of iron in drinking water.

On the other hand, the universalisation of prevention, seeking to address Legionella threats on a broader scale, and the improvements introduced in the analytical field, in terms of number of samples and accreditations, seem a positive step to improve the current situation and may mean a step forward in the management of water-related risks.

Teresa Ferrer

Teresa Ferrer

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Institute of Public and Labour Health of Navarra

Public Health Pharmacist of the Autonomous Community of Navarre, head of the Environmental Health Section of the Institute of Public Health of Navarre (Resolution 1861/2005 in BON no. 151). Level 5 of professional career by Resolution 251/2014, of 18 November of the Managing Director of the ISPLN by Foral Law 8/2008, of 30 May, which establishes the professional career system for qualified healthcare staff of the Navarra Health Service. Member of the Environmental Health Committee and participant in working groups of the Ministry of Health. Lecturer in healthcare practices for students of the UNAV and the UPN. President/evaluator of the Commission in the procedures for the evaluation and accreditation of professional competences. Delegate in Navarra of the Spanish Society of Environmental Health (SESA). Member of the Pharmacy Advisory Board of the University of Navarra. Collaborator in the LIFE NADAPTA-CC Project (LIFE16/IPC/ES/000001). Action C 5.5.

Summary of presentation

Update of the Legionella Maintenance Programmes: differences with RD 865/2003" The novelties established for the maintenance, revision and treatment programmes of installations with risk of Legionella, the two types of plans that the owner can choose for the control of the risk, the actions in case of positive results and the basic differences with the previous RD 865/2003 in the different programmes of the installations will be reviewed.

Dr. Jorge Galván

Dr. Jorge Galván

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General Manager of ANECPLA

Jorge Galván is a Forestry Engineer and Doctor in Architecture, professionally linked to the Environmental Health sector for more than 10 years in which he has been collaborating with CEDESAM and ANECPLA.

He is currently treasurer of the ONE HEALTH Platform and CEPA and General Director of ANECPLA.

Dra. Mª José Notario

Dra. Mª José Notario

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Director CEDESAM

PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Cordoba, within the Natural Resources and Sustainability programme. Insect Conservation and Control: Biodiversity and Forest and Urban Pests. Member of several research groups and expert committees related to the study and management of harmful organisms.

Teacher and responsible at CEDESAM for professional certificates and specialisation courses in the field of Environmental Health.

Dra. Covadonga Caballo Diéguez

Dra. Covadonga Caballo Diéguez

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Deputy Director General of Environmental Health and Occupational Health in the General Directorate of Public Health and Health Equity of the Ministry of Health.

PhD in Biological Sciences from the UCM. Specialised in Toxicology.

Initially she worked at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Toxicology Area of the National Centre for Food and Nutrition and the National Centre for Environmental Health. Since 1992 he has been working at the Subdirectorate General of Environmental Health and Occupational Health, Directorate General of Public Health of the Ministry of Health. He is a representative of the Spanish State before International Organisations: European Commission (Member of different Standing Committees of DG Health and DG Environment).

Dr. Rubén Bueno

Dr. Rubén Bueno

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Technical Director and Head of the European Centre of Excellence in Vector Control at Rentokil Initial.

D. in Biological Sciences from the Universitat de València and holds an International Master in Tropical Parasitic Diseases. He is also a member of the Research Team "Parasites and Health" at the University of Valencia, Chair of the X International Conference of Urban Pests (ICUP), President of the European Mosquito Control Association (EMCA), and holds the positions of Technical Director at Rentokil Spain and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Vector Control for Rentokil Europe.

Summary of presentation

WORKSHOP: "Strategies and tools in the management of flying insects Vector control interventions in the context of disease outbreaks.

The presentation will provide information on the procedures and protocols for vector control in the context of outbreaks of diseases such as dengue or West Nile virus, which are becoming more and more frequent in Spain.

Technical and coordination aspects for the proper planning of such interventions, practical examples recently implemented in our country, as well as the latest innovations that can help us to act more quickly and efficiently against these disease vectors, will also be presented at the conference.

Prof. Dr. Javier Lucientes

Prof. Dr. Javier Lucientes

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Professor of Parasitology at the University of Zaragoza.

Professor of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Zaragoza. Currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Zaragoza.

Coordinator of the National Entomological Surveillance Programme for Bluetongue and other vector-borne diseases of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He also coordinates the Programme of Entomological Surveillance in Airports and Ports against invasive mosquitoes and competent in the transmission of diseases, and surveillance of the expansion of these vectors in Spain, of the Ministry of Health.

Summary of presentation

WORKSHOP: "Strategies and tools in the management of flying insects.

I am going to talk about a group of health interest such as Phlebotomidae. I will comment on aspects of the most important species, such as their geographical distribution in Spain, their biology, breeding habitats and their behaviour. I will talk about their sanitary interest, surveillance and control methods.

Dr. Mikel Alexander González

Dr. Mikel Alexander González

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Scientific-Innovation Director, Sasti Group

Doctoral researcher, entomologist by vocation and profession, specialising in pests with repercussions on Public Health. He currently combines his position as Head of Scientific-Innovation in the SASTI Group (Environmental Health and Technical Solutions Group) with that of postdoctoral researcher at the Doñana Biological Station in Seville.

Summary of the presentation

WORKSHOP: "Strategies and tools in the management of flying insects

I will address the current and future situation of invasive mosquitoes of the genus Aedes in Spain, their distribution, biology, sanitary-epidemiological importance, and surveillance and management methods, among other aspects.

Dr. Jordi Figuerola

Dr. Jordi Figuerola

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Research Professor at the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC), Seville.

Research Professor at the CSIC and works at the Doñana Biological Station. His research group studies the ecological factors affecting the transmission of pathogens by vectors with a special focus on mosquito-borne zoonoses. His recent studies have characterised West Nile virus transmission in Andalusia, helping to understand and prevent West Nile virus transmission to humans.

Summary of the presentation in the workshop

WORKSHOP: "Strategies and tools in the management of flying insects

I will describe the transmission cycle of the West Nile virus in Andalusia, describe the transmission of the virus and how human activities can influence the amplification and transmission of the virus.

We will review the evolution of mosquito and virus populations since the major outbreak in Andalusia and Extremadura that left 77 severe cases. We will review the control measures implemented in Andalusia and how entomological surveillance is helping to reduce the risk of West Nile virus transmission.

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