Royal Microscopical Society Flow Cytometry Course 2020

University of York, 14-18 September 2020

Scientific Organisers: Peter O’Toole, Derek Davies and Steve Couzens

This 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.

The course is constructed as a set of three modules. You can elect to attend the course from between two to five days, depending on the modules selected.

The modules consist of lectures interspersed with sessions in the laboratory. It is anticipated that instruments from three manufacturers will be available for practical work.

For further information, please visit this link.



Summer course in Entomology in France, July 2020

A Summer Course in Entomology will be held at the National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France, from 6-10 July 2020.

The title of the course is: “‘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.  

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.

You can also find information on the gnatwork newsletter


2nd Hydra Conference on Parasitic Helminths – New Perspectives in Biology and Infection

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Hydra Conference on Parasitic Helminths – New Perspectives in Biology and Infection, through the website  The closing date for registration will be Friday 28 February 2020. The Conference will be held at the Bratsera Hotel, Hydra, Greece, from 30 August to 4 September 2020.  This follows 13 previous meetings under the banner of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites, in the same 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 Amy Buck, James Collins, Richard E. Davis, Niki Gounaris, Rick Maizels and Murray Selkirk.

A flyer for the meeting is available to download here.

The conference will begin on the evening of Sunday 30th August, and run through until the evening of Thursday 3 September; delegates will depart on the morning of Friday 4 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:


Jonathan Ewbank  (Keynote), Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, France

Julie Ahringer, Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Adler Dillman, University of California Riverside, USA

Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, University of Cambridge, UK

Frederic Landmann, CRBM Montpellier, France

Coleen Murphy, Princeton University, USA

Meera Nair, University of California Riverside, USA

Phil Newmark, University of Wisconsin, USA

Meta Roestenberg, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Mark Siracusa, Rutgers University, Newark, USA

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 maximum of 20 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. 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 Please feel free to contact any of the Organisers 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!

Best wishes – Amy Buck, James Collins, Richard E. Davis, Niki Gounaris, Rick Maizels, Murray Selkirk

International Congress on Parasites of Wildlife (ICPOW)

The Parasitological Society of Southern Africa (PARSA) ( has initiated a congress series called “International Congress on Parasites of Wildlife (ICPOW)” and the next meeting will be held in Kruger National Park, South Africa on 6-9 September 2020 (

Further details can be downloaded here.


Gordon Research Conference: Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions 2020

The Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Basis of Parasitism by Eukaryotic Pathogens, June 14-19, 2020

At the beautiful Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Apply here:

(abstracts for posters or selected talks submission too)



Sexual Differentiation and Quorum Sensing

Laura Knoll (University of Wisconsin), Isabel Roditi (University of Bern), Andy Waters (University of Glasgow)

Immunology and Immuno-Suppression

P’ng Loke (NYU), Eva Frickel (The Crick Institute, UK), Meera Nair (UC Riverside)

Genome Instability and Genetic Diversity

Gerald Spaeth (Pasteur Institute), Jane Carlton (NYU), Richard Davis (University of Colorado), Jenny Guler (University of Virginia)

Parasite Motility and Invasion

Freddy Frischknecht (University of Heidelberg, Germany), Eva Gluenz (Oxford University, UK), Maryse LeBrun (University of Montpellier, France)

Parasite Dormancy and Persistence

Annemarie Voorberg van der Wel (Rijwsijk, Netherlands), Jon Boyle (University of Pittsburgh), Jean- Claude Dujardin (Antwerp, Belgium), Alex Paredez (University of Washington)

Molecular Biology and Gene Expression

Iris Bruchhaus (Bernhard Nocht Institute, Germany), Lyn-Marie Birkholtz (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Mohammed Ali-Hakimi (Grenoble, France)

Host Cell Responses and Manipulation by Parasites

Stefan Svard (Uppsala University, Sweden), Gordon Langsley (Paris, France), Melissa Lodoen (University of California at Irvine), Alex Loukas (James Cooke University, Australia)

New Intervention Strategies

Boris Striepen (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Jenni Zambriski (Virginia Tech University, USA), Jorg Moerhle (Medicines for Malaria Venture), Emily Derbyshire (Duke University, USA)

Metabolism and Drug Targets

Fred Bringaud (Bordeaux, France), Maria Mota (Lisbon, Portugal), Julio Martin (GSK Tres Cantos), Karl Hoffman (Aberystwyth University)


Parasites: Battle for Survival

Free Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland

Thursday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 19 April 2020

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh


A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will explore Scotland’s role in the fight to eliminate tropical diseases by tackling the parasites that cause them. Parasites: Battle for Survival will examine five deadly diseases, which together affect 1 in 18 people around the world and thrive in areas lacking access to clean water, healthcare and adequate sanitation.

Malaria, guinea-worm disease, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis are among the diseases that the World Health Organization is aiming to eliminate, some as soon as 2020. All but Malaria are classified as neglected, meaning that historically they have seen a lack of interest and funding from healthcare groups and governments despite their huge impact.

Researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow are at the forefront of these efforts. They are collaborating with scientists and communities around the globe to understand, prevent and treat these debilitating diseases. If successful in eliminating one of them, it will be the first time a human disease has been eliminated since Smallpox was wiped out in 1979.

Presented in partnership with these three universities, this interactive, family friendly exhibition will explore the Scottish involvement in identifying and treating tropical disease and highlight the research currently taking place in Scotland. With a view to engaging young visitors in STEM subjects, the exhibition’s creators have collaborated with secondary school pupils to trial designs, games and text.

For further information, visit this link. Twitter: #ParasitesExhibition