Eukaryome 2019

Eukaryome impact on Intestine homeostasis and mucosal immunology

16-18 October 2019 at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

Multiple demographic or economic parameters contribute to the origin of emerging infections, for example: poverty, urbanization, climate change, conflicts and population migrations. All these factors are a challenge to assess the impact (present and future) of parasitic diseases on public health. The intestine is a major target of these infections; it is a nutrient-rich environment harbouring a complex and dynamic population of 100 trillion microbes: the microbiome. Most researches on the microbiome focus on bacteria, which share the gut ecosystem with a population of uni- and multi cellular eukaryotic organisms that may prey on them.  Our interest focuses on the families of eukaryotic microbes inhabiting the intestine, called “intestinal eukaryome”, that include fungi, protists and helminths. Knowledge on the reciprocal influence between the microbiome and the eukaryome, and on their combined impact on homeostasis and intestinal diseases is scanty and can be considered as an important emerging field. Furthermore, the factors that differentiate pathogenic eukaryotes from commensals are still unknown. In this congress our wish is to attract people interested in the eukaryome, especially during infection.

The conferences will address the following topics:

  1. Phylogenetic, prevalence, and diversity of intestinal eukaryotic microbes; and their (still enigmatic) historical evolution and potential contributions to mucosal immune homeostasis.
  2. Integrative biology to study the molecular cell biology of parasite-host interactions and the multiple parameters underlining the infectious process.
  3. The exploitation of tissue engineering and microfluidics to establish three-dimensional (3D) systems that help to understand homeostasis and pathological processes in the human intestine.

For further details on the meeting and how to register, see this link


5th International Meeting on Apicomplexan Parasites in Farm Animals (ApicoWplexa)

The 5th International Meeting on Apicomplexan Parasites in Farm Animals(ApicoWplexa) will be held on 2–4 October 2019 in Berlin, Germany

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 5th International Meeting on Apicomplexan Parasites in Farm Animals (ApicoWplexa) in Berlin from 2–4 October 2019. This meeting will be in line with the highly successful ApicoWplexa conferences held so far. It is our task to provide you with good conditions for networking and scientific exchange in the field of apicomplexan parasites in livestock.

The meeting will overarch the different areas of research on apicomplexan parasites in farm animals, from molecular and cell biology over host-parasite interactions, immunology to epidemiology and control of infections with these parasites. Knowledge on all these aspects is prerequisite to develop intervention strategies, effective vaccines or drugs. New vaccines, drugs and novel intervention strategies against apicomplexan parasites in livestock will therefore be key topics of the up-coming conference in Berlin.

The ApicoWplexa conferences focused in the past on toxoplasmosis, neosporosis, besnoitiosis, eimeriosis, babesiosis and theileriosis. In the ApicoWplexa meeting in Berlin, we wish to cover also cryptosporidiosis due to its importance as a zoonotic disease. We also plan to dedicate more time on the One-Health aspect of apicomplexan parasites in farm animals.

The meeting will take place at the Steglitz-International-Hotel, in Berlin, Germany ( The venue is easily reachable from the airports of Berlin in less than one hour by public transport.

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Important dates

Registration opens – 4 March 2019

Start of abstract submission – 4 March 2019

End of abstract submission – 31 May 2019

Notification of abstract submitters – End of June/Beginning of July 2019

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

We are pleased to announce that the Hydra Conference on Parasitic Helminths - New Perspectives in Biology and Infection, at the Bratsera Hotel, Hydra, Greece, will be held from 1 to 6 September 2019.  After 12 successful meetings under the banner of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites, the Conference has a new name, but will keep its 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 Richard E. Davis, Niki Gounaris, Rick Maizels and Murray Selkirk.

The conference will begin on the evening of Sunday 1 September, and run through until the evening of Thursday 5 September; delegates will depart on the morning of Friday 6 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:

Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado  (Keynote), Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Wellington, Kansas City, USA

Amy Buck, Institute for Immunology and Infection, University of Edinburgh, UK

Luisa Cochella, Institute for Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria

Alison Elliott, MRC Uganda Virus Institute, Entebbe, Uganda

Carolina Escobar, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain

Elodie Ghedin, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, New York University, USA

Nicola Harris, Immunology and Pathology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Karl Hoffmann, Aberystwyth University, UK

P'ng Loke, Department of Microbiology (Parasitology), New York University, USA

Peter Sarkies, MRC London Institute for Medical Sciences, Imperial College London, UK

William Sullivan, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, USA

In 2019, the Conference will include a special Mini-Symposium on Small RNAs combining both invited speakers and talks chosen from Abstracts. 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 limited size 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.

We will be extending the period for registration on the Conference website,, to start from Monday 14 January 2019.  The closing date for registration will be Friday 29 March.

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

Finally, we are delighted that from 2019 two great new investigators will join the Hydra Organising Committee, Dr Amy Buck (University of Edinburgh, UK), and Dr Jim Collins (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA). Please feel free to contact any of us 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!

Richard E. Davis, Niki Gounaris, Rick Maizels, Murray Selkirk

Summer course in Entomology in France, August 2019

A Summer Course in Entomology will be held at the National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France, from the 26th to the 30th of August 2019.

The title of the course will be: “‘Hands on’ Course on Arthropods of Medical and Veterinary Significance: A global perspective, from theory to practice”, highlighting the ‘Global and One Health’ thematic approach chosen for this summer school.

Keynote speakers include: Prof Steve Torr from the Liverpool Tropical School, and Prof Richard Wall, from Bristol University.

The course will encompass topics such as vector-borne diseases, insecticide and acaricide resistance and vector control. It targets participants such as: postgraduate (MSc, PhD) students, Postdoctoral scientists, research fellows, entomologists, laboratory staff and EVPC residents and diplomats.

Further details are available here

11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH)

16-20 September 2019 in Liverpool, UK

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is delighted and proud to be hosting ECTMIH 2019 in Liverpool, UK on behalf of the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH).

2019 has specific significance for the tropical medicine community, as it will mark the 25th anniversary of FESTMIH, of which RSTMH is a proud member. This will form a great opportunity to reflect on how much progress has been made in the last quarter of a century in terms of investigation, innovation and implementation, and is a chance to consider what we can expect from the next 25 years for tropical medicine and global health.

Advances in diagnostics, treatment, vector control, progress towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the huge increase of non-communicable disease, particularly in built environments, as well as contexts of climate change, animal health, man-made and natural disasters and growing economic inequality all bring new challenges to our sector. Throughout the meeting, we will include research from the laboratory and from the field, including implementation research, awareness and policymaking so that we can ensure a range of first-hand experience feeds into the impact of the Congress. We also want to highlight work from young researchers and this is part of one of our tracks.

Further details on the meeting programme and how to register can be found on this link

Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts is 10th March 2019

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 .





Royal Microscopical Society Flow Cytometry course 2019

This will be held at University of York from 8-13th September 2019.

The Flow Cytometry Course is aimed at both life science and clinical science fields, with the common fundamentals covered on day 1 and 2. The course then splits into life science and clinical orientated modules, from practical demonstrations to lectures highlighting not just the applications, but best practise as well.

Full details on the course and how to register can be found here.