Meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases invites you to join us for a meeting coordinated with the British Society for Parasitology. The theme of the meeting is:

Integrating Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases: From Intervention to Surveillance.

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019 from 5.30-7.30 pm. Venue: Palace of Westminster, London.

Full details of the event can be found here.

Fully funded Newton Researcher Links Bilateral Workshop

Addressing key research priorities for parasitic helminth diseases in China


The organising committee would like invite applications from UK based Early Career Researchers, to attend a 3 day conference at Fudan University, Shanghai China, December 2-5th 2019.

The remit of the funding is to build UK-partner country collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to Newton partner countries’ social welfare and economic development. This conference will bring together China based and UK based researchers to present and develop ideas associated with technologies and expertise of relevance to helminth diseases of China. We are placing a particular focus on developing emerging scientists based in the UK. Three broad areas associated with helminth diseases have been prioritised; namely bioinformatics, diagnostics and molecular methods, and social science approaches; but this is not an exclusive list.

At the conference we will catalyse a dialog between UK and China based researchers across the important field of helminth diseases. Mentors from the UK and China will lead the central themes.

The conference is an opportunity to present your work in a supportive international environment, and to network and build partnerships with Chinese researchers. We anticipant 15-20 attendees from the UK and similar number from China. As such most participants will be given the opportunity to give a short presentation.

As the workshop is funded by the Newton Fund, we particularly welcome applications from Early Career Researchers (ECR), which is defined as within 7 years of award of PhD/MD. Applicants must have a current primary appointment at a UK academic institution, but can be of any nationality.

This work was supported by a Researcher Links Bilateral Workshop grant, ID 2018-RLWK10-10033, under the China-UK partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the National Science Foundation of China and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit


We will provide economy flights from the UK to Shanghai, all accommodation and most meals. Participants would need to organise and pay themselves for a visa for China when necessary (holders of a British passport will need a visa). More details on this and a formal letter of invitation will be provided if you are selected for participation.

The main organisers of the conference are Professor Hu Wei, Department of Microbiology and Microbial Engineering, Fudan University Shanghai, and Dr Geoffrey Gobert, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.

Please in your email application provide the following information, which will be used in the selection of participants.

  1. Name, position and affiliation
  2. Date of PhD/MD award
  3. Area of research preference
    1. Bioinformatics and omics
    2. Molecular techniques and/or diagnostics
    3. Social science approaches
  4. Potential title of presentation and 150 word abstract
  5. Future research interests and aspirations

Applications should be sent via email to before 5pm Friday 28th June 2019.

Please add to the subject line of your email application “Newton Shanghai Helminth Conference 2019”.


Selection of applicants will be made before the end of July .





Congratulations to the BSP Spring Meeting 2018 Poster Prize winners

The British Society of Parasitology congratulates the winners of the Spring Meeting poster prize competition sponsored by Parasites & Vectors and Malaria Journal (BMC) and Elsevier. The following winners were selected from some 100 posters presented at the meeting held at Aberystwyth University.

Janine Coombes – University of Liverpool: “Developing a 3D intestinal epithelium model for studying gastrointestinal infections of livestock species”

Alessandra Crusco – Aberystwyth University: “Design, synthesis and antihelmintic activity of 7-keto-sempervirol analogues”

Zandile Nare – University of Edinburgh: “Towards new drugs for trypanosomatid diseases based on specific high-affinity inhibitors of RNA editing ligase 1” (pictured centre)

Tegwen Mariais – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: “Comparative ‘omics’ for identification of coproantigens for diagnosis of Strongyloides stercoralis infection” (pictured left)

Maria Ines Neves – The Royal Veterinary College – “Estimating schistosome worm burdens using parental analysis” (pictured right)

Many thanks to our sponsors and to the poster judges: Kevin Tyler, Domenico Otranto, Frank Katzner, Maria-Gloria Basanez (BMC editors), Paul Horrocks, Paul Denny and Poppy Lamberton.


BSP Spring meeting 2019

The 2019 Spring Meeting was held at Manchester University on 15-17 April. The local organisers were Dr Ilaria Russo and Prof Kathryn Else, working with Prof Geoff Hide, Prof Guy Caljon, Prof Ron Hokke and Dr Erinma Ochu.

Keynote speakers included: Prof Joanne Webster (Royal Veterinary College) and Prof Patricia Wright (Stony Brook, USA) for One Health and Prof Andy Miah (Salford) for Science Communication.

A flyer for the meeting is available here.




Manchester University


15th - 17th April 2019

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This meeting was run in partnership with the Belgian Society of Parasitology and Protistology (BSPP) and the Dutch Society for Parasitology (NVP).
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Two BSP symposia in one month!

A BSP Tryp/Leish symposium was held in České Budějovice, Czech Republic, in the first week of September; closely followed by the Autumn Symposium in Durham, Sept 14-16th.

In a new venture for the BSP, the Czech symposium, focusing on all aspects of kinetoplastid biology, was a great success. It featured a fascinating location and a conference dinner complete with orchestral accompaniment!  The traditional Autumn Symposium is this year held at Durham University (again, historic locations abound, with a conference dinner in Durham’s stunning castle).  This Symposium focusses on ‘Microbial protein targets: towards understanding and intervention’, and is a joint venture with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Follow the BSP on Twitter, @BSPParasitology, for live updates on these exciting events!