Zoetis 2017 travel grant


The European Congress of Entomology (11th Edition), Naples, Italy, 2-6 July 2018


Irina Matetovici

Veterinary Protozoology Unit,

Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium




The European Congress of Entomology (ECE) is organized every 4 years and brings together researchers from multiple scientific areas of entomology. This year the 11th edition was organized in Naples Italy, where more than 1000 scientists from 65 countries gathered and presented their work. The scientific program included 12 sessions covering many current hot topics in the insect world like invasive species, insect vector biology, innate immunity and host-parasite interactions, epidemiology and management and control of insect pest. The ECE gave me the possibility to follow different sessions and to broaden my knowledge on the latest achievements in the field.  


I was selected to present a poster untitled “Thioester-containing proteins in the tsetse fly (Glossina spp.) and their response to trypanosome infection” in the session Molecular and cellular interactions between insect vectors and the pathogens they transmit. This study is part of my Ph.D. thesis and it was recently published in one of the leading entomology journals, Insect Molecular Biology. During the poster session I had the opportunity to present and discuss my results with many fellow scientists. Furthermore, I received a positive feedback and suggestions for possible follow up experiments.


Moreover, participation to ECE facilitated the interaction with other researchers studying tsetse fly biology and discuss current common projects. The International Glossina Genomics Community, to which I am a member, is performing an extensive comparative genomics analysis on six tsetse fly species and during the ECE I participated to a meeting with the other partners setting the last details before the study publication.


I would like to thank Zoetis and the BSPP for awarding me the travel grant and facilitating my participation to ECE. I encourage the other BSPP PhD students to apply for this grant. 




Dont' forget to register for the BSPP 2021 scientific meeting on 

Tuesday 30th November 2021. The meeting venue will be at campus “klooster van de Grauwzusters” (Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerpen), at walking distance from Antwerp Central station. Registration and abstract submission can be done at https://www.bspp.be/bspp-meetings/2021-in-antwerp/

The 2019 BSPP travel Grant was awarded to Dorien Mabille Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) to attend the BSP/BSPP/NVP Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, 15-17 April 2019. Read about her experience here.

The 2019 Avia-Gis travel Grant was awarded to Dimitri Bulte Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) to attend the BSP/BSPP/NVP Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, 15-17 April 2019. Read about his experience here.

The 2019 Zoetis travel Grant was awarded to Lieselotte Van Bockstal Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) to attend the BSP/BSPP/NVP Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, 15-17 April 2019. Read about her experience here.

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.