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World Mosquito Day 2017: 120 years in 120 minutes

 
The World Mosquito Day World Café. Image credit Anne Koerber.
 

The World Mosquito Day World Café. Image credit Anne Koerber.

04 September 2017
Blog | Mosquito Day review

On Friday 18 August, the Malaria Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine hosted its annual World Mosquito Day event.

World Mosquito Day, on the 20 August each year, celebrates the day that Sir Ronald Ross identified that mosquitoes transmit the malaria parasite. This year marks 120 years since Sir Ross’ discovery, and the Malaria Centre marked the occasion with a World Café.

A World Café hosts groups of people at different tables where they can talk around a certain topic, allowing lots of people to have individualised and more intimate conversations than would be possible in a larger group. In this case, the World Mosquito Day World Café focused on key topics based on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, across six tables:

  • ·         Advocacy & people power
  • ·         Campaigns & compounds
  • ·         Diagnostics
  • ·         Modelling malaria
  • ·         Mosquito control
  • ·         Next generation approaches

 

The World Café setup in the Library of Keppel Street. Image credit Michael Osborne.

All the guests had the opportunity to visit multiple tables led by a prominent academic or expert, and during the discussions everyone wrote down key dates and facts and attached them to a timeline, spanning Ross’ discovery in 1897 through to 2017. The information on the timeline was captured and digitised into a video presentation at the end of the event, which encompassed the details that were discussed during the World Café – covering 120 years of information in 120 minutes!

 

The timeline before and after the World Mosquito Day World Café. Image credits Michael Osborne.

Everyone spoke enthusiastically about each of the topics and generated a lot of material for the timeline, so to keep everybody energised there was a break for food and drink halfway through the World Café – after all, you can’t have a café without food! This gave everyone the opportunity to mingle and chat, as well as listen to the beautiful music from the live band, before finishing off the discussions and completing the timeline.

 

The live band performing for the World Mosquito Day World Café. Image credits Anne Koerber.

Once the video had been completed, everybody took their seats to see the timeline in action. The video was a great way to capture the discussions from the World Mosquito Day World Café and was enjoyed by everyone. If you missed the World Mosquito Day World Café (don’t worry!) we have a video of the afternoon coming soon, as well as the completed timeline video that you can watch – or watch again, if you were with us on the day – and marvel at the efforts of everyone involved!

 

If you have any questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us on: malaria [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk