WAAVP 18-23 July 2021

The 28th International Conference of WAAVP

Dublin, Ireland on 18-23 July 2021

The best international speakers and a wide programme of subject areas across the spectrum of Veterinary Parasitology in plenary and parallel session formats, as well as poster presentations.

Virtual opportunities for presentations (oral and poster) and attendance also available.

The call for abstracts is extended to 11th February 2021.  Click to learn more
Registration is now open. (Early bird deadline 15 April 2021). Click to book


The First Women in Malaria Conference

Virtual Meeting on 22-24 March 2021

The Women in Malaria (WiM) community joins more than 420 researchers from 34 countries from all continents. The goal of this conference is to highlight the outstanding contributions of female scientists in the field, provide equal opportunities of participation to WiM from the early stages of the scientific career, and guarantee the inclusiveness in the selection with a balanced participation of scientists from various countries. Specifically, each session will feature 2 keynotes, including both earlier career and a more established speaker.

Registration for the conference will be open from February 1st until March 20th
The full registration fee is 50 Euros.
This registration includes attendance to all live scientific symposia over 22 – 24 March (we’re hoping symposia will also be recorded and made available to attendants). The leadership and peer-mentoring workshops will be restricted to female scientists.

Registration waivers are available for attendees from low- and middle-income countries as well as students with limited funding (contact us for information on how to apply).

Full details can be found here.


BSP donation to support parasitology in Venezuela

Several Venezuelan parasitologists, members of the VeConVen research network, recently received a donation of £1,000 for laboratory material and medical supplies from the British Society of Parasitology, to continue their activities in Venezuela.

Among the beneficiaries of this donation are the Venezuelan Science Incubator, and two laboratories belonging to the Tropical Medicine Institute at the Central University of Venezuela, the Molecular Biology Laboratory for Protozoa and the Biohelminthiasis Section.

The Venezuelan Science Incubator, led by Dr. Alberto Paniz, is a non-profit institution dedicated to promoting research, surveillance, and prevention of infectious and zoonotic diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, or protozoa such as Zika, Diphtheria, Chagas disease, and Leishmaniasis. The Molecular Biology Laboratory for Protozoa, led by Dr. Hernán Carrasco, has been monitoring the molecular epidemiology of Chagas disease in both urban and rural areas of the country for almost two decades. The Biohelminthiasis section, led by Dr. Oscar Noya, focuses on investigating and diagnosing different helminthiases of public health importance, as well as amoebiasis, Chagas disease, and Malaria.

Despite the inconveniences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year, the beneficiaries received equipment for test analysis, disease diagnosis, as well as general supplies for staff protection during laboratory procedures, allowing the continuity of their regular activities.

This kind of donation makes a huge impact because, since the beginning of the year 2000, Venezuela’s public health quality has been declining due to political and socioeconomic factors, causing both the migration of highly qualified professionals (health staff, researchers), as well as the shortage of medical and laboratory instruments and equipment. As a result, the country has a disproportionate resurgence of deadly diseases, which had been effectively controlled in previous decades.

Despite this, there are still various research groups throughout the country, responsible for dealing not only with diseases but also with the lack of supplies. To continue with their research line and fulfill their work, most of these professionals seek the help of foreign entities such as NGOs, to obtain financial resources and, thus, acquire materials and equipment to continue with clinical/laboratory activities.

In 2018, the VeConVen Network was established: a research group made up of several professionals in the health area and research, focused mainly on the monitoring and control of vector-borne and infectious diseases of interest to public health. The recent contribution made by the British Society of Parasitology to VeConVen members came at a great time, because it has been very helpful to carry out COVID-19 research in the country. However, supplies are limited, and without any type of government support, it is necessary to get some help from more societies, with both financial support and/or donations of second-hand equipment in good conditions, to continue with the follow-up, diagnosis, and control of diseases of public interest in Venezuela.

Please contact the BSP if you would like more information.

Parasitology 2021 ECR Prize call (for papers published in 2020)

We have introduced a new Early Career Researcher award, and will be giving an annual prize of £1000 for the best paper by an early career researcher published in an issue of Parasitology during the previous year (2020). Those eligible will normally be no more than 7 years post award of their PhD and should either be the first, last, or corresponding author of the article.

If you are eligible and would like to be considered for the 2021 award (for papers published in 2020), please can you email Alison Paskins (axpaskins@cambridge.org) with the following by the 10th February:

·         Your full name and the year of award of your PhD

·         Article title

·         A few sentences summarising the findings of your paper

Russell Stothard (Editor-in-Chief), and the Editors will then assess the papers, and announce the best paper later in the year.

Endosymbiotic Love Calendar – an art and science collaboration

Endosymbiotic love calendar is an art and science collaboration between performance artists and scientists working together to embody a microbe per month for 2021. This diverse team explores our understanding of gender, reproduction, sexual orientation, and social behaviour in microorganisms and placing the human at the centre of things. An everyday object- a calendar- is used to document this process to function as a familiar space to reflect on unfamiliar worlds and spark discussion.

Find out more about our live event or order/download your calendars here.

29th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Parasitology

15-17 March 2021 (online)

The ongoing epidemiologic situation with Covid-19 continues to challenge each and one of us in our everyday life as well as in our work. Now more than ever we see the need for scientific exchange, which is why we do not wish to postpone our exciting and important meeting again. To allow all of us certainty in planning (in the light of possibly new travel restrictions, venue hygiene requirements, rules for social distancing, etc.), the DGP board and the organisers have decided to hold the DGP 2021 digitally.

The date is as communicated before, i.e. 15-17 March 2021. The programme structure will be slightly adapted to fit the digital format. In particular, we will reserve sufficient time for poster sessions, where poster presenters will have the opportunity to hold short pitches followed by questions from the auditory. Posters will be on display throughout the meeting so that interested colleagues may visit them digitally before the sessions and prepare their questions.

To guarantee the success of the virtual DGP congress, we kindly ask you to submit your latest scientific findings. Therefore, we have extended the abstract deadline until 30 November 2020. One lesson from the Covid-19 pandemic is that the topic of “One Health” should receive more attention. Therefore, we have added One Health as an extra abstract topic, along with the extra topic “clinical veterinary parasitology” to strengthen the veterinarian aspect of our meeting.
Find all the main topics online and submit your abstract here:

> main topics and abstract submission

You will receive detailed information about all further steps towards the digital congress in the coming weeks via our event homepage.

> www.parasitology-meeting.de

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our organising agency Conventus (Robert Deubler | phone: +49 3641 31 16-322 | e-mail: parasitology@conventus.de).

We are looking forward to numerous submissions as well as your participation at reduced rate in this very special congress format! We encourage you to disseminate this call for abstracts also to your collaborators from foreign/endemic countries (special rates apply).

With best regards
Prof. Dr. Achim Hörauf & Team
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Neglected Tropical Diseases Lecture Series: Curated by David Molyneux

This lecture series provides a unique, up to date, and authoritative overview of Neglected Tropical Diseases in both the individual diseases and the cross cutting issues, such as Water and Sanitation and community roles, for the teaching and benefit of researchers, students, and staff in pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, and development organisations.

The lecture series can be accessed free of charge on this link



Opening of the call for proposals on biodiversity FRB-CESAB 2020

The Center for Biodiversity Synthesis and Analysis (CESAB) of the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research is opening a call for research projects, to fund at least three innovative projects relating to the synthesis of ideas and concepts and/or the analysis of existing data. The main aim of these projects should be to improve scientific knowledge of biodiversity and demonstrate how we can use this knowledge to better protect it. The submitted projects can deal with any topic related to biodiversity, in the fields of natural sciences or human and social sciences.

The selected projects will be funded for a period of three years, including: the recruitment of a post-doctoral student for two years, the organization of six meetings of the working group at CESAB and the promotion and publication of the results. The CESAB will also provide logistical, technical and administrative support.

Members of CESAB projects share their scientific expertise, available data and modeling tools to answer a wide range of biodiversity questions at all spatial and temporal scales. Composed of a maximum of 14 experts, each selected project must be coordinated by a recognized scientist attached to a French research organization. Please share!

Take part in two surveys

Survey on collecting and preserving study organisms and archiving

The Natural Science Collections COVID-19 Task Force (composed of researchers associated with natural history museum collections and/or biodiversity science) set as one of its aims to develop guidelines for linking host and microorganism/parasite samples and data. For this, we are requesting your participation in a brief questionnaire on common practices used by microbiologists for collecting and preserving study organisms (viral and otherwise) and archiving (collecting a voucher specimen) of the host organism. The survey (Qualtrics) and further information can be found here.

Survey on Horizon-scanning of research priorities on pathogen spill-over processes and their ecological correlates

As a group of ecologists, conservation biologists, taxonomists, virologists, epidemiologists, health care providers, veterinarians and social scientists, we recently established a COVID Task Force CETAF-DiSSCo joint action (CETAF = Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities, DiSSCo = Distributed System of Scientific Collections), with the aim to help clarify the links between biodiversity, human pressure and the origin and causes of coronaviruses disease, as well as to identify the actions that should be put in place to complement the efforts made in other disciplines. This effort is equally important to anticipate and prevent the occurrence and propagation of zoonotic infectious diseases worldwide.
One of the first tangible actions we want to pursue is to identify priority questions that biodiversity scientists should explore to reach a better understanding of pathogen origins, spill-over processes and their ecological correlates. The survey (Google doc) and full details can be accessed here.

BSP Conference 21-25 June: Parasites Online 2021

For 2021, in place of our usual Spring Meeting, we will hold an online meeting over five days during the Summer (21st-25th June). We are planning an exciting programme of scientific content, which will be delivered through a virtual conference interface designed to maximise opportunities for interaction, through live Q&A sessions, breakout discussion rooms and virtual trade stands for our exhibitors and sponsors.

This year, we will run the conference as a single stream. You will still see our usual mix of high quality themed scientific sessions, keynote speakers and presentations by postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, including dedicated streams focusing on:

  • Schistosomiasis (curated by Prof Mike Doenhoff and Prof Tony Walker)
  • Ecology (sponsored by the British Ecological Society)
  • Epidemiological modelling (in association with the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory).
  • Minorities in Science and Decolonising Parasitology: presenting content on the fight for gender and ethnic minority equality in parasitology, and the questionable history of parasitology during colonial times (curated by Dr James LaCourse, Dr Derrick Robinson and Dr Pegine Walrad),

We will also hold interactive poster sessions, where delegates will have the opportunity for discussion with poster presenters (although this year we’re sorry to say that you will have to bring your own refreshments).

Registration will open late January; registration charges for the full 5-day meeting will be as follows:

Members: £90

Students: £30

Low-income countries: FREE

Non-members: £180