11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2018)

The 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2018) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 23 to 27 July, 2018.


Lisbon, Portugal


23-27th Jul 2018

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The 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2018) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 23 to 27 July, 2018. The venue is the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and its research centre CMAF-CIO will host the event. This will be a main event of the YEAR OF MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY (YMB; http://euro-math-soc.eu/year-mathematical-biology-2018), set up by European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB) and the European Mathematical Society (EMS). For that reason, ECMTB 2018 will, for the first time, be a joint ESMTB-EMS conference and will be co-organized by SPM (Portuguese Mathematical Society).

Researchers and students interested in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology and its applications are invited to join this exciting conference! Registrations are now open on the Conference webpage http://www.ecmtb2018.org. Applications to Mini-symposia, Contributed Talks and Posters are also open and the corresponding abstract templates are available on the webpage.

First Malaria World Congress

The First Malaria World Congress is taking place in Melbourne from 1 – 5 July 2018.




1st - 5th Jul 2018

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It is widely appreciated that the impressive progress achieved in eliminating Malaria in recent years will be difficult to sustain and even more difficult to accelerate. Whether we are speaking about malaria elimination or control of severe disease in high transmission settings, the challenges facing us remain monumental.

A major impediment to addressing the myriad of technical and non-technical challenges around malaria is the lack of a forum to discuss them. At present, there is no mechanism for ALL stakeholders to gather and share information, develop understanding and trust, reach consensus and to build a unified framework for action.

The 1st Malaria World Congress is intended to be such a forum, one that brings together researchers, field-workers and implementers, media, funders, policy makers, governments and other leaders, industry, civil society and the affected communities themselves.

The committee is receiving 4 types of submissions – research abstracts, campaign and policy discussion synopsis, gallery items and edutainment proposals. More detail can be found on the web page at www.malariaworldcongress.org.  The deadline for submissions to be consider for oral presentation as opposed to poster or static display is Close of Business Friday 2nd February.

Key Themes

Modelled on the hugely successful International AIDS Conference, the meeting will address a few core themes:

1. Malaria Today (the recent history and present of malaria control and elimination efforts)
2. Putting Malaria Elimination into a Global Health Context (how malaria sits within the broader global health context, with focus on the SDGs) and
3. Meeting the Challenges of Malaria Eradication (how we move forward together to enable sustainable impact in malaria endemic countries).

Within each of these themes there are 4 pillars:
• Science (including application- and social- focussed research)
• Global, regional and country governance (leadership driving goals)
• Frontline (implementation)
• Putting people at the centre

The themes are intended to bind the community around a joint Congress statement for taking malaria elimination and control forward. The Congress has strong financial support from, and engagement with, the Australian Government. We hope this Congress to be the first of many.


6th International Conference on Phthiraptera

The 6th International Conference on Phthiraptera will showcase the latest research on parasitic lice and louse-borne pathogens and endosymbionts. All aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice will be addressed.


Brno, Czech Republic


23rd - 29th June 2018

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The 6th International Conference on Phthiraptera will showcase the latest research on parasitic lice and louse-borne pathogens and endosymbionts. All aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice will be addressed.

Most speakers and posters will be invited from submitted abstracts. Abstracts of accepted presentations will be printed in the proceedings.  We invite contributions in any area of research on lice, including the following topics:

  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of human lice
  • Systematic population genetics and evolution
  • Ecology and epidemiology of non-human lice
  • Medical and veterinary aspects of louse infestations
  • Techniques for studying lice
  • Phthirapterists and phthirapterology
  • Prophylaxis and control of lice
  • Microorganisms associated with lice

In the conference, 150-200 attendees are expected from countries around the world and include scientists working on various aspects of the biology and control of animal, bird and human lice. The group ranges from Ph.D. researchers working on new control methods to M.D.s, nurses and professional „nitpickers“. Among the attendees will be researchers studying one or more of the topics listed above.

Former events: ICP2 2002 (Brisbane, Australia); ICP3 2006 (Buenos Aires, Argentina); ICP4 2010 (Cappadocia, Turkey); ICP5 2014 (Utah, USA).

Woods Hole Immunoparasitology meeting (WHIP) 2018

This annual immunoparasitology meeting in Massachusetts, USA, is organised by Tracey Lamb (University of Utah) and De’Broski Herbert (University of Pennsylvania).


Woods Hole, USA


15th - 18th Apr 2018

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Preliminary Program

Sunday 15th (4pm-6pm)

Including PLENARY SPEAKER Nicole Baumgarth

Monday 16th April (8.30am-5.30pm)

Including PLENARY SPEAKER Laurent Renia

Tuesday 17th April (8.30am-5.30pm)

Including PLENARY SPEAKER Avery August

Wednesday 18th April

Depart after a hearty Swope Center Breakfast



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28th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Parasitology (DGP)

The 28th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Parasitology (DGP) will be held in Berlin, Germany from 21–24 March 2018.


Berlin, Germany


21st - 24th Mar 2018

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The 28th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Parasitology (DGP) will be held in Berlin, Germany from 21–24 March 2018.

Scientific contributions are welcomed on the following topics:

• Biochemistry
• Cell Biology and Signaling
• Diagnosis
• Drug Resistance
• Drugs and Drug Development
• Epidemiology and Emerging Infections
• Immunology
• Molecular Genetics
• Parasite Ecology
• Parasite-Host Interactions
• Parasitic Helminths
• Phylogeny and Evolution
• Prevention
• Protozoan Parasites
• Vectors, Entomology and Acarology
• Veterinary Parasitology
• and Free Topics

Deadline for abstract submission is 01 December 2017.
Discounted early bird registration fee until 21 January 2018.

Website www.parasitology-meeting.de


Anthelmintics III: from Discovery to Resistance

The third in a series of international symposia focusing on all aspects of anthelmintic drugs.


Clearwater, Florida, USA


30th Jan - 2nd Feb 2018

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Our objectives this symposium are similar to those of our three previous meeting in San Diego (2016), San Francisco (2014), and Philadelphia (2012).

We will review recent progress in anthelmintic drug development, modes of action of anthelmintic drugs, and how resistance to anthelmintic drugs emerges. We also seek to train and encourage graduate students and post-docs in these fields of research.

We are continuing our biannual meetings on anthelmintics for scientific and medical reasons because of the current ambitious use of anthelmintics for controlling and eliminating human helminth infections with Mass Drug Administration (MDA) and similar extensive use in animals. The continued use gives rise to concerns about the development of resistance and the need for novel compounds to overcome that resistance. We are left with a number of unanswered questions about the use of these anthelmintic drugs.

1) How do we develop new and more effect anthelmintics for the future given the concerns about anthelmintic resistance?

2) Do we know enough about the way these drugs work to use them optimally?

3) Intensive use of anthelmintic drugs in veterinary medicine has resulted in widespread resistance. How likely is this to occur in human medicine? How can the risks of resistance be detected and minimized?

Our conference is designed to address these questions.

For more information see http://register.extension.iastate.edu/anthelmintics

Concepts in Parasitology Course

A two-week course at ANU’s Kioloa campus offering students a unique opportunity to work with prominent Australian parasitologists and learn state-of-the-art research techniques.


Kioloa, Australia


26th Nov - 9th Dec 2017

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The following themes will be explored through lectures, tutorials and practicals during the course:

  • Evolution of Parasites
  • Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms
  • Drug Discovery
  • Parasites and the Immune System
  • Immuno-diagnostics of Parasitic Infections
  • Bioinformatics of parasite genomes
  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinary and Wildlife Parasitology
  • Vector borne Diseases

The course will explore the diversity of parasitic life-styles, answering questions such as:

  • What does it take to be a parasite?
  • What are the costs and benefits of parasitism?
  • What host defences have developed?
  • What mechanisms have evolved to find vectors and hosts efficiently?
  • What is the advantage of having multiple hosts?
  • What specific characteristics must an anti-parasitic drug have?
  • What are the chances of developing vaccines against parasitic diseases?
  • What will the future of parasitology look like?

To register, see: http://parasite.org.au/education/concepts-in-parasitology/


Mitigating Emerging Infection: Challenges for Public Security and Justice Early Career Workshop

The National Autonomous University Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Edinburgh (UoE) are pleased to announce that they are jointly hosting a workshop in Nov 2017, ‘Mitigating Emerging Infection: Challenges for Public Security and Justice’, which has been made possible by grants from the Newton Fund and British Council Researcher Links Workshop Grants.


Mexico City


21 - 25th Nov 2017

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This event - supported by the Newton Fund and British Council - will be held in Mexico City between the 21st and 25th of November 2017 and is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and National Autonomous University of Mexico. There are 15 places available for UK-based early career academics/clinicians; places are inclusive of a travel grant. Details of the event and how to apply are attached and can also be found at the link below:


The deadline for applications is 17.00 on the 30th of September. Applications are a CV and statement of motivation to Professor Sue Welburn, Division of Infection & Pathway Medicine, University of Edinburgh.