BOVA Network first open meeting

The BOVA Network (preventing vector-borne diseases in Africa through improvements in the built environment) is holding its first open network meeting at UCL, in London on 28th March.


UCL, London


28th Mar 2018

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The BOVA Network (preventing vector-borne diseases in Africa through improvements in the built environment) is holding its first open network meeting at UCL, in London on 28th March in partnership with the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 
Meet other researchers and stakeholders interested in this topic and hear presentations on vector-borne diseases and the built environment, the policy environment, innovations and interventions around the built environment and financing for affordable housing.   You can find out more and sign up to attend the meeting here:  Interested parties are also invited to join the network here:

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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EMBO workshop: Molecular advances and parasite strategies in host infection

Workshop to be held in Autumn 2018, Les Embiez Island, France.


Les Embiez Island, France.


30 Sept- 03 Oct 2018

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The study of parasitic organisms at the molecular level has yielded fascinating new insights of great medical, social, and economical importance, and has pointed the way for the treatment and prevention of the diseases they cause. Pathogenic organisms are varied in their morphologies and astoundingly complex on their life cycles. They have developed many mechanisms to survive intra or extracellularly, or are vectors for other pathogens. These mechanisms are wide ranging and include many cryptic factors such as; modification of host immunity, diverse and virulence specific differentiation, expression of pathogenic molecules, control of gene expression, antigenic variation, and unique metabolic pathways.

One main objective of the EMBO Workshop “Molecular advances and parasite strategies in host infection” is to understand in detail how these mechanisms are controlled, developed and organised. By bringing together an internationally recognised group of world leading, cutting edge scientists who, have parasitology as a common resource, we aim to clarify common and distinct pathways employed during infections by different classes of pathogenic agents. The workshop is envisioned as a forum to provide a unique environment for crosstalk between scientists from wide ranging subject areas such as epigenetics to vector control, that will fertilise new ideas and subsequently new approaches in dealing with pathogenic organisms.

ICOPA: 14th International Congress of Parasitology, 2018

ICOPA 2018: The 14th International Congress of Parasitology.


Daegu, Korea


19th - 24th Aug 2018

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Title       14th International Congress of Parasitology

Period   19 (Sun) - 24 (Fri) August, 2018

Venue  EXCO, Daegu, Korea

Hosted by:           ICOPA 2018 Korean Organizing Committee


  • The Korean Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (KSPTM)
  • World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP)


Flyer:     download here

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;, 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 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  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.


BioMalPar 2018 (23-25 May 2018, Heidelberg, Germany)

This conference is of interest to all academics researching malaria and addresses fundamental questions on the biology of Plasmodium parasites.


EMBL, Heidelberg


23rd - 25th May 2018

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This conference will address fundamental questions of the biology of the malaria parasite, its vector, the (immune) response of the host and the disease that it causes, and will showcase the latest technological approaches. The use of “big data” and computational approaches to tackle fundamental biological questions will be assessed. This will be the 14th BioMalPar conference at EMBL Heidelberg. The conference series has built on the success of the EU funded Networks of Excellence EviMalaR and BioMalPar and, for more than a decade, has brought together malaria researchers from Europe with their colleagues and collaborators from around the world, to present and share recent ground-breaking findings on fundamental malaria research in an integrated and highly collaborative environment.
Topics include:
  • Immunobiology and pathophysiology
  • Parasite molecular and cell biology
  • Vector parasite interactions
  • Computational and systems biology
Deadlines: Registration - 12 Apr 2018,  Abstract - 1 Mar 2018

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).

Sinden symposium (10th May 2018, London)

A special one-day symposium celebrating the science and leadership of Professor Bob Sinden, Emeritus Professor of Parasite Cell Biology, Imperial College London.



Royal Institution


10th May 2018

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Bob Sinden’s career has spanned the pre-genomic to eradication eras of Plasmodium research, including seminal contributions that have defined our understanding of the architecture of the parasite cell, the biology behind sexual stage parasites passage through the mosquito and the foundations of current efforts in drug and vaccinology aimed at preventing malaria transmission. His legacy is still very much alive and active and, in his presence, we would like to celebrate these achievements as well as provoke discussion in the malaria community about how current science needs to evolve if we are to realise eradication in our lifetimes.

This one-day symposium on Thursday 10th May 2018 will feature talks from leading scientists working in areas related to Bob’s work and will be held at the Royal Institution ( – a scientific icon in London where Faraday first demonstrated the power of electricity. Precise details of the programme will be announced in early spring.

To register for the day, please visit our online registration URL (one ticket per registrant):