September 2016

International ecoSummit 2016, Montpellier


The 5th International EcoSummit 2016 in Montpellier, France, had the topic “Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change” and welcomed some 1.500 guests from about 75 countries. Topics centered on the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and coastlines. The focus was placed on fragile ecosystems that are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressure. Some of the key topics were biological invasions and ecological modeling, where REMOSIS aims to add valuable new technologies for a better and more efficient data acquisition. Ilyas Potamitis of the TEIC also represented the REMOSIS project and presented a communication entitled “Insect surveillance at a global scale and the Internet of Things”.

REMOSIS Workshop Portugal

IRIDEON organized a Workshop in Portugal, at the facilities of the Portuguese Medical Association in Sines. The workshop included a presentation of the REMOSIS project, followed by a round of Q&A and an open discussion with the attendees.

This event involved stakeholders from different areas. Besides medical doctors and members of the municipality, the event gathered
professionals from several universities specialized in optoelectronics, biology and environmental monitoring.

A strong focus was given to the role of container ports as a point of entry for invasive species. The Port of Sines is the first largest artificial port of Portugal, and a deep water port, with specialized terminals that allow the movement of different types of goods. Several attendants are in charge of operations at the Container Terminal and were involved in the discussions concerning the protocols used for cargo inspection. This is now a hot topic, especially when several port authorities, like the Chinese, are studying the implementation of effective anti-mosquito treatments to containers from countries affected by Zika.