First Scientific Meeting of the joint Belgian Society for Parasitology and Protistology: “Unity in diversity”

The Belgian Society for Parasitology and the Belgian Society of Protistology held their first scientific meeting as a merged society on 7 November 2013 at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.


The theme was “Unity in diversity”.

The meeting included presentations by two invited speakers (PROF. JOANNE P. WEBSTER, IMPERIAL COLLEGE, LONDON, UK and PROF. THORSTEN STOECK, UNIVERSITY OF AISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY) and 14 oral presentations.


This scientific meeting was partly sponsored by Dafra Pharma.

An award session closed the meeting:

The Elanco grant for the best presentation at the 2012 BSP meeting was awarded to Steven Odongo for his presentation entitled "Nanobody is a new tool for diagnosis of animal African trypanosomiasis (nagana)".

 The Zoetis travel grant was awarded to Lynn Meurs to attend the 62nd Annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene on 13-17 November 2013 in Washington, DC (report).


A dinner, partly subsidised for BSPP members, was organised at the Huis De Colvenier restaurant.

Programme and abstract book
Abstract book BSPP 2013.pdf
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Internist-infectioloog Meta Roestenberg van het Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC) ontvangt de Boehringer-Ingelheim prijs voor haar onderzoek in de translationele parasitologie. Roestenberg werkt aan experimentele klinische studies die moeten leiden tot een snellere en goedkopere ontwikkeling van nieuwe medicijnen en vaccins. More info.

The 2018 Zoetis travel Grant was awarded to Irina Matetovici  (Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp) to attend the The European Congress of Entomology  (Naples,Italy), 2-6 July, 2018. Read about her experience here.

Guy Caljon (University of Antwerp) received the Merial Award on 18 May 2017 in Utrecht for his work on insect-transmitted parasitic infections. More info.

Eline Eberhardt (University of Antwerp) was awarded the Avia-GIS award for the best presentation at the Joint spring meeting of the Belgian Society of Parasitology & Protistology (BSPP) and the Netherlands Society of Parasitology (NVP) on 20th May 2016.

Title of the presentation: Molecular detection of infection homogeneity and impact of miltefosine treatment in a Syrian Golden hamster model of Leishmania donovani  and L. infantum visceral leishmaniasis. 

The 2017 Zoetis travel Grant was awarded to Franck Dumetz (Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp) to attend the WorldLeish6 conference, Toledo (Spain), May 16-20, 2017.

Read about his experience here.