Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new NIH/BBSRC funded Research Coordination Network on the role of Vector Behaviour in Transmission Ecology: VectorBiTE.

Over the next 5 years, this RCN will support annual meetings and workshops to promote collaborative research and training in order to improve our understanding of how the behavioural ecology of vectors impacts disease transmission. Additionally, a key component of this effort will be the creation of a global database on vector traits, population dynamics and transmission rates. For more information on our network goals please see: http://vectorbite.org/

Our first meeting will take place at in Clearwater, FL from March 23-25, 2015. During this first meeting we will organize participants into working groups and plan the online repository structure. Please register for the RCN on the website and apply for the meeting at http://vectorbite.org/. We plan to provide travel support for approximately 40 participants to attend. Applications received by February 1 will receive full consideration, although will continue to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until all spaces have been filled. We are pleased to begin this new adventure and look forward to providing a new platform for interaction in this important area.

Exciting time ahead!

Best wishes,

Leah Johnson, Lauren Cator, Erin Mordecai, Samraat Pawar, and Pete Hudson