Join your BSP Council!

The Council of the British Society for Parasitology seeks three new members to serve for three years each, due to current members reaching the end of their term. Applicants from student and early career representatives and from senior members of our community are welcomed. We are a diverse and multicultural society, dedicated to inclusion and seek a council whose composition represents our membership. As such, we particularly welcome applications from those sections of our membership that are currently under-represented on council.

Please contact the Honorary General Secretary Kevin Tyler k.tyler@uea.ac.uk if you are interested in applying.

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 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, including dedicated streams focusing on:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Drugs, Vaccines and Disease Control
  • Interactions with Hosts and Vectors
  • Diagnosis and Biomarkers
  • Surveillance, Epidemiology, Stigma and Public Health
  • Schistosomiasis (curated by Prof Mike Doenhoff and Prof Tony Walker)
  • Ecology and Evolution (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 is now open.

Registration charges for the full 5-day meeting are as follows:

BSP members: £90

Students: £30

Delegates from low and middle income countries: FREE

Non-members: £180

 

Click on the images below to register and submit your abstract:

 

 

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:

Students

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)

Postdocs

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.”