The year 2020 presented us with an enormous challenge – Covid-19. Sadly, our meeting had to be cancelled less than a week before the actual date. At this point, I would like to thank all who have shared parts of the high cancelation costs, which nobody would have covered otherwise.
One year later the epidemiologic situation continues to challenge each and one of us in our everyday life as well as in our work. Now more than ever we see the need for scientific exchange, which is why we do not wish to postpone our exciting and important meeting again. To allow all of us certainty in planning (in the light of possibly new travel restrictions, venue hygiene requirements, rules for social distancing, etc.), we have decided to hold the 29th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Parasitology digitally from 15–17 March 2021.
In addition to the health precautions, the digital format offers further benefits, including the elimination of travel time and costs allowing easier participation for colleagues from distant regions of the world. This will encourage the exchange of knowledge and strengthen our parasitological community as a whole.
This year’s focus is on combating neglected tropical parasitic diseases under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), helminth immunology, drug development and One Health approaches. Additionally, we provide a diverse and interdisciplinary programme within the fields of parasitology and veterinary medicine with sessions on vectors and entomology, veterinary parasitology, wildlife parasitology, parasite immunology, parasite-host interactions, parasite molecular biology, emerging parasitic diseases as well as clinical parasitology. We encourage you to take an active part in the programme by contributing your latest scientific findings to these exciting fields. The submission of abstracts will be possible until 30 November 2020.
In addition to our colleagues active in research and the clinic, we would like to cordially invite young scientists to actively participate, who will benefit from discounted fees and have the chance to win awards for the best presentations.
We are looking forward to your scientific contributions and participation in this very special congress format!
With best regards
Achim Hörauf & Marc Hübner