Merial Award Parasitology

The Merial Award is a competitive prize for young researchers who have made innovative contributions to the fields of veterinary or medical Parasitology. Scientists younger than 40 years of age who have completed their PhD studies are eligible. Along with the certificate honouring the achievement, the winner receives € 3000. The award is intended to encourage continued professional ambition in parasitology in the Benelux, and to reward scientific quality and active dissemination of results in (inter)national fora. 

Winners of the previous years






Guy Caljon (UA)

Bruno Levecke (UG)

Pètra Mens (KIT)



Stefan Magez (VUB)

Filip Claes (ITM)


Pierrick Uzureau (VUB)


Niko Speybroeck (ITM)


Stijn Deborggraeve (ITM)


Véronique Hannaert


Teun Bousema (NL)


Milly van Dijk


Johannes Charlier (UG)


Jaap van Hellemond (NL)


Tine Huyse (ITM/KUL)


Lisette van Lieshout


Peter Geldhof (UG)


Edwin Claerebout (UG)


Taco Kooij (NL)


Maria Yazdanbakhsh




Lodewijk Tielens (NL)


Price for best presentation

Every year, the best presentation at the annual scientific meeting of the society is rewarded with 500 euros. From 2016 onward, AVIA-gis is sponsoring this prize.

In 2014 and 2015, this prize was sponsored by Dafra Pharma.

The price for the best presentation was sponsored for many years by Janssen Animal Health, until 2011. Elanco Animal Health sponsored the award for the best presentations in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Winners of the previous years


Eline Eberhardt (UA)

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


Ana González-Hernández (UG)


Analysis of the vaccine-induced immunity against gastrointestinal parasites suggests a crucial role for mucosal IgG1 and memory NK cell responses


Natascha Chavatte (UG)

Free-living protozoa on dishcloths: occurrence, diversity and possible implications for food safety


Dung Bui Thi (ULg)

Transmission aspects of fasciolosis in Vietnam


Steven Odongo (VUB)

Nanobody is a new tool for diagnosis of animal African trypanosomiasis (nagana)


Simba Chitanga(ITM)

Low level diminazene aceturate resistance in African trypanosomes, in the absence of drug pressure


Laetitia Lempereur (Ulg)

First molecular evidence of potentially zoonotic Babesia microti  and Babesia sp.EU1 in Ixodes ricinus ticks in Belgium


Rachel Inocencio da Luz (UA)

Post-treatment susceptibility to SbIII andSbV of Leishmania infantum dog isolates


Nyncke Deckers (ITM)

Nanobodies as a tool for species specific diagnosis of porcine cysticercosis (Taenia lium)".


Peter Geldhof (UG)

Characterization of the intestinal contortinstructure in Haemonchus contortus


Cedric Verveken(ITM)

Induction of humoral and cellular immune response in cattle by jet-injection of a DNA vaccine encoding the polymorphicimmunodominant molecule of Theileria parva


Heide Saverwyns(UG)

Study of the interaction between adult Ostertagia ostertagi excretory-secretory products and bovine abomasal proteins by cDNA phage display


The aim of this € 500 grant is to support young members to present their work at international conferences. Any registered and active PhD student of our society can apply for the grant provided that he had an abstract accepted by the conference for which he applies. The competitive selection is done by the BSPP board members.


Zoetis travel grant

Guidelines for Zoetis travel grant
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The 2017 travel Grant as awarded to Franck Dumetz (Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp) to attend the WorldLeish6 conference, Toledo (Spain), May 16-20, 2017.(click here to access the report).


The 2016 travel Grant was awarded to Eline Eberhardt (University of Antwerp) to attend the Joint COST Action CM1307 2nd Conference/ WG2 and WG3 Meetings organized by the Institute of Nuclear Sciences VINCA of Belgrade, Serbia, October 26-28, 2015. (click here to access the report).


The 2015 travel Grant was awarded to Eliane Tihon (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp) to attend the 25th International Conference of the World Association for the advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) held in Liverpool from  16 to 20 August 2015 (click here to access the report).


The 2014 travel Grant was awarded to Sarah Hendrickx (University of Antwerp) to attend the COST1307/CaPF meeting in Calvi, Corsica, from 27-29 October 2014 (click here to access the report).


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


The 2012 grant was awarded to Grietje Grit (University of Ghent) to attend the 12th International Symposium on Dendritic cells, October 7-11 2012, Daegu, South Korea (click here to access the report).



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.