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 have 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 with two streams. You will still see our usual mix of high quality themed scientific sessions, keynote speakers and presentations by postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

Registration and abstract submission here

Registration charges for the full 5 day meeting:

  • Members: £90
  • Students: £30
  • Members in LMICs: FREE
  • Note that researchers in LMICs can join BSP FOR FREE
  • Non-members: £180



Prof Maria-Gloria Basanez (Imperial College London)

Dr Emma Briggs (University of Glasgow)

Dr Krystyna Cwiklinski (University of Ireland Galway)

Dr Carmen Faso (University of Bern)

Prof Phillipe Guerin (Infectious Disease Data Observatory)

Prof Neil Hall (Earlham Institute)

Prof Matt Higgins (Oxford University)

Prof Achim Hoerauf (University Hospital Bonn)

Dr Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University)

Dr Ben Makepeace (University of Liverpool)

Prof Eric Morgan (Queen’s University Belfast)

Dr Russ Morphew (Aberystwyth University)

Prof Sarah Reece (University of Edinburgh)

Prof Koert Ritmijer (Médecins Sans Frontières)

Dr Claire Rogers (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Prof Bernard Sures (Universität Duisburg-Essen)



Prof Mitali Chatterjee (Infectious Diseases Data Observatory)

Dr Prabin Dahal (Infectious Diseases Data Observatory)

Dr Martin Walker (Royal Veterinary College)

Dr Nathalie Strub-Wourgraft (Drugs for Neglected Tropical Diseases Initiative)

Prof Sir Nicholas White (University of Oxford)



Dr Regina Cordy (Wake Forest University)

Dr Elisabeth English (University of Pennsylvania)

Prof Elena Gomez-Diaz (Institute of Parasitology and Biomedicine Lopez-Neyra)

Prof Debbie Smith (University of York)

Prof Santuza Teixeira (Federal University of Minas Gerais)



Prof Coen Adema (University of New Mexico)

Prof Matt Berriman (Wellcome Sanger Institute)

Dr Conor Caffrey (University of California San Diego)

Prof Dan Colley (University of Georgia)

Dr Jim Collins (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre)

Prof Christoph Grevelding (Justus Liebig Universitat Giessen)

Prof Peter Hotez (Baylor College of Medicine)

Prof Andrew McDonald (University of Manchester)

Prof Joanne Webster (Imperial College London)


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).




How to enter your abstract


The 2019 Autumn Symposium in Belfast


On 23rd September, the BSP hosted our annual Autumn Symposium.  This year’s theme was “post-genomic progress in helminth parasitology”. We welcomed 83 delegates from 10 countries to our lovely venue in Riddel Hall, on the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) campus, in leafy South Belfast.

In our first session, we heard invited presentations from Angela Mousley (QUB) on how her lab is using multiple ‘omics approaches to understand neuropeptide biology in nematode parasites, followed by talks from John Gilleard (University of Calgary) and Jane Hodgkinson (University of Liverpool) on the genomic basis of drug resistance in, respectively, Haemonchus and Fasciola.  After a welcome caffeination opportunity, we focused on functional genomics, with Paul Brindley (George Washington University), and Elissa Hallem (UCLA) highlighting how we can better understand  parasite biology using genome editing, and Aaron Maule (QUB) putting the spotlight on RNAi and stem cells in Fasciola.  After a highly-praised lunch from Riddel Hall’s excellent catering department, we broadened our scope to look at small RNAs in nematodes (Collette Britton, University of Glasgow), evolution of symbiotic Wolbachia bacteria (Mark Blaxter, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; kindly presenting via Skype due to a flight cancellation), and the role of GPCR signalling in reproductive development of schistosomes (Christoph Grevelding, Justus Liebig University).

During the subsequent poster session, we enjoyed drinks and nibbles alongside nineteen high-quality posters, with the calibre of postgraduate and postdoctoral research on show recognised by poster prizes (see list below), supported by Elsevier.

A BugBitten blog of the meeting by Tom Pennance is also available here.

The BSP would like to thank delegates and invited speakers for their contributions, and to pay special thanks to our headline sponsor, Cambridge University Press, and all of our other supporters: Analab, Elsevier, Queen’s University Belfast Core Technology Units, Irish Society for Parasitology, Microscope Services and Sales Ltd, Premier Scientific, VWR, and Queen’s University Belfast School of Biological Sciences Athena SWAN Team.


Congratulations to our poster prize winners as follows:


1st Duncan Wells (poster 19; Queen’s University Belfast) (£150 prize)

2nd Jennifer Noonan (poster 18; McGill University, Canada) (£100 prize)

3rd Nicolas Feldman (poster 10; University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) (£50 prize)


1st Paul Airs (poster 12; Queen’s University Belfast) (£150 prize)

2nd Paul McCusker (poster 5; Medical College of Wisconsin, USA) (£100 prize)

3rd Oliver Weth (poster 14; Justus Liebig University, Germany) (£50 prize)




Upcoming BSP Meetings

Dates for the diary in 2017 and 2018.

The BSP Spring Meeting in 2017 will be held at Dundee University, 2-5th April. Local organiser Prof. Mark Field.

The 2017 Autumn Symposium will be a 1-day event held in London on 15th Sept in association with the Linnean society. Local organisers Dr Bonnie Webster and Prof Russ Stothard.

The 2018 BSP Spring Meeting will be held at Aberystwyth University, 8-11th April. Local organiser Dr Justin Pachebat.

Blog about BSP 2016 Spring Meeting

A student’s outlook on the BSP 54th Spring Meeting ‘From science to solutions’, April 2016.

BSP Student Rep. Leonie Wilson blogs about the meeting here.  “…a vibrant and energetic atmosphere for all attendees, most strongly felt by the students who were eager and enthusiastic to learn more from their peers within the wonderful scientific field of Parasitology.”