BSP Autumn Symposium 2017

This event was held in London in association with the Linnean society, entitled “The multidisciplinarity of parasitology: host-parasite evolution and control in an ever changing world”. The Meeting Report is available as a Bugbitten Blog, written by the BSP’s student rep Tom Pennance.




28th September 2017

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The 2017 BSP Autumn Symposium will be held on Thursday 28th September at the Linnean Society, Burlington House, London.  The symposium is entitled “The multidisciplinarity of parasitology: host-parasite evolution and control in an ever changing world” and will be organised by Prof Russell Stothard (LSTM) and Dr Bonnie Webster (NHM).

The meeting’s aim will be to explore and broadly discuss recent progress towards understanding host-parasite relationships, with a particular emphasis on vectors and intermediate hosts of human diseases.  The meeting will also be a convenient opportunity to develop a festschrift in Parasitology in honour of Prof David Rollinson (a former President of the BSP), marking over forty years of parasitological research.

This 1-day meeting will formally commence at 10.30am with a combination of talks from invited speakers along with presentations selected from abstracts. There will be an open poster session, with each poster having a 1-min speed talk to encourage later discussions during the lunchtime and evening drinks receptions in the magnificent library of the Linnean Society.

After the evening reception, to take discussions further there will be a speakers’ dinner, open to all by ticket, at the Kings Head, Mayfair. Invited speakers will include: Prof Sir Roy Anderson, Prof Santiago Mas-Coma, Prof Juerg Utzinger, Prof Jozef Vercruysse, Prof Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuente, Prof Joanne Webster and Prof Tim Anderson.

There will be a number of BSP student travel awards that enable younger members of the BSP or Linnean Society to attend and present their work.

The full symposium programme is found here and the organisers' welcome statement can be read here.

The Meeting Report written by the society's student representative is found here.


Student Members, Unwaged, Concessions : £30

Ordinary Members : £75

Non members: £120

Conference dinner only £30!

Registration and extended Abstract deadline: 14th Sept 2017

BSP Spring Meeting 2017

The 2017 Spring Meeting was held at Dundee University, hosted in Dundee's Apex hotel.  The local organiser was Prof. Mark Field.  A Meeting Report on this fantastic event, written by the society's student representatives, is found here.



Dundee University


2nd - 5th April 2017

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The city of Dundee is situated on the impressive Tay estuary, and provides access to the highlands of Scotland. Situated one hour from Edinburgh and close to St Andrews, Dundee offers a great venue for science and recreation.  The University is less than 50 years old, but has garnered a globally recognised reputation in the Life Sciences and the Arts. A considerable presence in Molecular Parasitology and Drug Discovery distinguish Dundee as a major centre of excellence for parasitology research, and we are proud to host the BSP in 2017.

The venue is a 4 star hotel on Dundee's waterfront and we have secured excellent rates for your stay.  The inclusive price is for 3 nights' accommodation, meeting registration, breakfast, lunch and the Gala event.

The flyer can be downloaded here.

The Meeting Report written by the society's student representatives is found here.

The BSP thanks all the sponsors of this meeting:

Elsevier - for sponsoring the Epidemiology 1 and 2 sessions.

BioMed Central: Malaria Journal AND Parasites & Vectors - for sponsoring the Tropical Parasitology Session AND best student and early career researcher poster prizes.

PLOS NTDs - for sponsoring the meeting and poster prizes.

Cambridge University Press

Royal Society

WormBase ParaSite


Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

BSP Spring Meeting 2018

The 2018 Spring Meeting will be held from 8th to 11th April at Aberystwyth University.




8th - 11th April 2018

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Abstract deadlines now for Oral Presentations: Mar 7th, Posters: Mar 14th!

The flyer for this meeting is now available as a PDF to post to your departments.

The meeting will include Ecological Parasitology, Veterinary Parasitology and the Tryp/Leish Symposium.

Session organisers include: Jo Cable, Iain Chalmers, Rachel Chalmers, Mark Field, Paul Horrocks, Lisa Reimer, Alvaro AcostaSerrano, Richard Wall, Shona Wilson.  Local Organisers are: Justin Pachebat, Jo Hamilton, Russ Morphew & Karl Hoffmann.

Registration for BSP members costs just £260, with a reduced rate for student members.  This includes access to all events during the meeting (accommodation in Aberystwyth must be booked by delegates separately), making it our cheapest Spring Meeting in several years. 

The meeting will feature a fantastic set of public engagement events in addition to the academic programme.  This will include (with all events open to the public):

  • An opening talk on Sunday evening from Prof Peter Chiodini, Consultant Parasitologist at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Director of the Public Health England (PHE) Malaria Reference Laboratory and the PHE National Parasitology Reference Laboratory.  Professor Chiodini organises the UK National External Quality Assessment Schemes for Parasitology, is a member of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, the PHE Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention in Travellers and advises the National Blood Service on the prevention of transfusion-transmitted parasitic infections.
  • A 'Science Cafe' event on Monday evening
  • A series of both family-friendly and parasitology-themed films to be shown in the University's cinema throughout the meeting.

Confirmed speakers in the academic programme include:

  • Wendy Gibson, Bristol University
  • Shahid Khan, Leiden UMC
  • Susanne Kramer, Würzburg University
  • Annette MacLeod, University of Glasgow
  • Pascal Maser, Swiss TPH
  • Raymond Pierce, Pasteur Institute
  • Jesus Valenzuela, NIAID
  • John Thuita, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
  • Alex Loukas, James Cook University
  • Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Leiden UMC
  • Jim Collins, UT Southwestern
  • Ron Hokke, Leiden UMC
  • Amy Buck, Edinburgh University
  • Aaron Maule, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Volker Heussler, Bern University
  • Tim Yoshino, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Robert Poulin, Otago University
  • George Dimopoulos, John Hopkins
  • Grace Mulcahy, University College Dublin
  • David Thieltges, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Nigel Yarlett, PACE
  • Domenico Otranto, Bari University
  • Sarah Culloty, University College Cork
  • Eric Morgan, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Jane Hodgkinson, Liverpool University
  • Mike Doenhoff, Nottingham University