Francis SchaffnerMember of: Permanent Staff
Function: Head of Integrated pest management Unit
Francis Schaffner, French, PhD, was borne in 1959. After a basic training in forestry (1977) and first employments in forestry and protection of environment, he studied biting insects in the framework of designing biological mosquito control campaigns in Haute-Alsace, France (14 years). His work on mosquito systematics allowed him to obtain a university thesis on mosquito taxonomy (1992) as well as a PhD thesis on biosystematics of the Anopheles claviger vector complex, including morphology, genetics and biology (2003). For the latter he was laureate of the thesis award of the SociÃ©tÃ© FranÃ§aise de Parasitologie and the â€œPassetâ€ award of the SociÃ©tÃ© entomologique de France. He has a solid experience in mosquito control, taxonomy, epidemiology and ecology. During 8 years he was the head of the laboratory of entomology of the research and development unit of the EID MÃ©diterranÃ©e1. His main activities included mosquito species characterisation, population genetics, behavioural and ecological aspects with the finality of mosquito control. He has contributed to studies of WNV outbreaks in southern France, of malaria autochtonous cases, and was co-ordinator for the detection and control programme of exotic mosquitoes, such as Aedes albopictus, the Asian Tiger mosquito, throughout France. He is a leader in European mosquito taxonomy and has published an identification and training programme: â€˜The Mosquitoes of Europeâ€™ that is available on CD-Rom. He joined recently (jan-2007) the Institute of Parasitology of the University of ZÃ¼rich, where he is in charge of setting up a research team on arachno-entomology, focussed on veterinary and medical vectors, thus widening his research and development activities to include biting midges (Ceratopogonidae), blackflies (Simuliidae) as well as sandflies (Phebotominae). Throughout his career much time was devoted to training and capacity building. He operates as a consultant in France and beyond (e.g. WHO and ECDC2) and most recently provided expert input on Chikungunya risk assessment and management in metropolitan France, for the French Ministry of Health. Francis is married to Fabienne and has two boys: Simon (â€™84) and ClÃ©ment (â€™86).
1 Entente InterDÃ©partementale pour la dÃ©moustication du Littoral MÃ©diterranÃ©en, Montpellier, France
2 European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Stockholm, Sweden