The first international meeting was held in Bangladesh (September 2018), hosted by Gnatwork Management board member Dr Dinesh Mondal, a senior scientist within the Laboratory for Parasitology, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). The second Gnatwork international meeting was held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on 4-8 November 2019, hosted by Dr Maria Isabel Maldonado Coelho Guedes at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG).
These week-long workshop started with a conference day, to bring together experts in entomology. International experts in vector biology were invited to speak around three theme and travel bursary recipients had the opportunity present a poster on their current research. The conferences were followed by four days of training for early-career researchers across sandflies, blackflies and biting midges. Interactive lectures and practicals on biology, ecology and epidemiology were given and training provided in practical field-based sampling and laboratory techniques, including DNA Barcoding.