Mosquito Alert

EU Citizens Against Globalised Mosquito-Borne Diseases

John Palmer, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Mosquito Alert Team, ICREA, CREAF, and CEAB-CSIC

The Problem

Citizen-Science Solution

Mosquito Alert

  • citizen reporting
  • expert validation
  • management portals
  • public dissemination
  • ~30,000 participants
  • ~10,000 reports

Citizen Science vs. Ovitraps

MethodCost per sq. km. per month
Ovitraps9.36 Euros
Mosquito Alert1.23 Euros

Communication and Education

Surveillance and Control


Agreement between Mosquito Alert and ovitrap predictions: 86%

Looking Ahead

Mosquito Task Force


  • Create citizen science mosquito toolkit platform, showcasing techniques, tools and programs that can be applied at varying cost, scale and complexity depending on local need/interest
  • Identify transferable and scalable citizen science monitoring program for tracking and identifying the mosquito species known to carry Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika
  • Develop common data and metadata system
  • Develop and implement demonstration programme in EU and USA to showcase techniques in action and prove their veracity
  • Secure funding for demonstration programme from commercial, public and other sources


  • An agreed upon methodology for a transferable and scalable citizen science mosquito monitoring and tracking program
  • An agreed upon data handling system and metadata fields
  • A business plan in place with full funding to implement a demonstration programme in the USA and Europe.
  • An online toolkit with various citizen science methodologies for different indicators and targets regarding mosquito populations.

Task Force Team

Chair: Elizabeth Tyson, Wilson Center

Eleonore Pauwels, Wilson Center
Frederic Bartumeus & Roger Eritja, Mosquito Alert

Secretary: Aitana Oltra, Mosquito Alert

Outreach: Anna Ramon, Mosquito Alert

More Information


This project is coordinated by the institutions CREAFCEAB-CSIC and ICREA.


Since 2015 the project has been promoted and funded by la Fundació Bancaria “la Caixa”.


The project is co-funded by the Organisme Autònom de Salut Pública de la Diputació de Girona (Dipsalut), the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) and Lokímica.