2nd Hydra Conference on Parasitic Helminths – New Perspectives in Biology and Infection

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Hydra Conference on Parasitic Helminths – New Perspectives in Biology and Infection, through the website http://hydra.bio.ed.ac.uk.  The closing date for registration will be Friday 28 February 2020. The Conference will be held at the Bratsera Hotel, Hydra, Greece, from 30 August to 4 September 2020.  This follows 13 previous meetings under the banner of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites, in the same special atmosphere of cutting-edge science and extensive discussion within a small meeting format.  We are also returning to the same beautiful venue that has hosted the Conference since 2002, and the meeting is being co-organised by Amy Buck, James Collins, Richard E. Davis, Niki Gounaris, Rick Maizels and Murray Selkirk.

A flyer for the meeting is available to download here.

The conference will begin on the evening of Sunday 30th August, and run through until the evening of Thursday 3 September; delegates will depart on the morning of Friday 4 September.  As in previous meetings, most presentations will be selected from submitted Abstracts in themed sessions, together with an exciting set of invited speakers representing helminth research from around the world:


Jonathan Ewbank  (Keynote), Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, France

Julie Ahringer, Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Adler Dillman, University of California Riverside, USA

Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, University of Cambridge, UK

Frederic Landmann, CRBM Montpellier, France

Coleen Murphy, Princeton University, USA

Meera Nair, University of California Riverside, USA

Phil Newmark, University of Wisconsin, USA

Meta Roestenberg, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Mark Siracusa, Rutgers University, Newark, USA

In addition there will be around 40 oral presentations selected from the Abstracts, and a similar number of Posters;  the poster sessions are kept to a maximum of 20 and all presenters give a 2-minute “Poster Pitch” to the whole conference immediately before the session, which has proven an excellent formula to maximise interest in every poster. As capacity of the meeting is limited to 100 participants, please await confirmation before making travel arrangements. In case of over-subscription, places will be allocated on the basis of abstracts. Confirmation of participation will be sent shortly after the closing date. The registration fee (which includes all events, refreshments, some evening meals, etc) will be announced shortly prior to registration. No payment will be required prior to confirmation.

We would also like to draw attention to our Bursary scheme which will cover costs for a small number of younger scientists from Africa, Asia and Latin America to attend the Conference. We will be pleased to answer any questions if you contact us on Hydra@ed.ac.uk. Please feel free to contact any of the Organisers with comments or suggestions about the Conference. We’re sure that this will be another exciting and enjoyable meeting, with the same informal and interactive atmosphere as in previous years. We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes – Amy Buck, James Collins, Richard E. Davis, Niki Gounaris, Rick Maizels, Murray Selkirk