28th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Parasitology

21–24 March 2018 • Berlin, Germany

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Welcome Note

Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna

Dear Colleagues, Dear Guests,

On behalf of the German Society for Parasitology (DGP) and the scientific committee I cordially invite you to the 28th DGP meeting.

Research in parasitology continues to be a vivid field of life sciences with many exciting new findings and important challenges. This includes not only basic investigations on the biological processes occurring during the parasite-host encounter, the establishment and reproduction of parasites in various environments, but also applied

studies on the treatment and control of parasitic infections. Traditionally, the biannual scientific conference of the DGP offers a platform for a broad spectrum of contemporary parasitological topics and research questions. This will also be the case at the next meeting, which will be held from 21–24 March 2018 in Berlin at the “Henry-Ford-Bau” on the main campus of the Freie Universität Berlin in Dahlem.

In addition to various oral and poster presentation sessions, there will be a range of invited lectures held by eminent scientists such as Prof. Mark Blaxter from Edinburgh, GB and Prof. Peter Hotez from Houston, US. In addition a dedicated One Health symposium on “Emerging vector born zoonotic parasitoses” will be held. The scientific programme will start right after lunch on Wednesday, 21 March and we plan to have the last scientific sessions on Friday afternoon. Furthermore, several satellite workshops will be organised for conference attendees on Saturday, 24 March.

Dahlem, with its numerous renowned science institutions including four Max-Planck-Institutes, as well as its parks and splendid architecture offers a uniquely sophisticated environment for the meeting. Berlin is certainly an extraordinary venue for meetings of

all kinds and provides abundant opportunities for a thrilling post-conference weekend with a unique spectrum of cultural and nightlife activities.

Together with my colleagues, I’m looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin at an interesting and stimulating conference with lots of opportunities to discuss new developments, but also to meet old and make new friends.

With best regards

Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna