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Parasite and Pathogen Ecology and Evolution

Parasite and Pathogen Ecology and Evolution


Secretaries: Jo Lello


  • Be a central forum for parasite and pathogen ecologists and evolutionary biologists to make and maintain contacts, exchange and discuss ideas and promote useful events. As a part of this aim the group will play a role in encouraging early career development.
  • Seek collectively to understand the causes of variation in parasite-host interactions with a focus on the ecological and evolutionary influences.
  • Form a coherent body of scientists who can act as a force to inform government policy on funding, conservation and health with respect to parasites and pathogens.
  • Our members consist of academic staff, research staff and students from around twenty UK institutions. The only requirement of membership is that you have an interest in some aspect of parasite ecology or evolution.
  • You can keep up to date with this group by joining our mailing list (which is archived as an RSS feed on our Facebook page). The list is used by the community to advertise events, post job information and make requests. We hope you will be excited to join us and be part of this growing community. You can sign up to our mailing list very easily by filling in your details at JISC

Current / Future Meetings

16 – 18 April
BSP Spring meeting symposium: Disease Ecology Sessions
Location: BT Convention Centre, Liverpool  

We will be holding our annual social event on the first night of the BSP Spring Meeting. Come and join us at Salt Dog Slim’s on Thursday 16th April, from 7pm to late. Free bar snacks and drinks, to those arriving early.

For more details, see here

21st-24th September
Transmission Research Retreat
Gregynog Hall, Mid-Wales

This research retreat has a fairly unique structure. It will bring together a relatively small group of established researchers (55 max – post-doc level and above) for open, but focused, discussion and debate on topics within the broad remit of Parasite / Pathogen Tranmission; with the ultimate aim of forming subgroups who will produce grant proposals and journal articles within the chosen topic areas. Proposed Topics thus far include (but are not limited to): modes of transmission, the role of coinfection in disease transmission, transmission within multi-host communities, and environmental and societal impacts on transmission.

The retreat will begin with two plenary presentations from Janis Antonovics and Joanne Webster,who will seek to summarise and challenge our thinking in the subject area and who will act as facilitators for the early stage open whole group discussion that will follow these presentations. This preliminary debate will be the starting point for the process of focusing the discussion toward the more specific topics to be taken forward in smaller groups. Periodically these sub-groups will report back to the wider group of attendees and there is opportunity to shift between groups as topics evolve.

We held a similar and highly successful retreat in 2012 on the topic “Ecology Meets Medicine”, from which a number of papers and at least one grant proposal were submitted. We hope for similar outcomes from this event. Notably attendees at the earlier meeting cited “time to think” and “a stimulating environment for deep discussion” as two of the key benefits.

The meeting will take place at the beautiful Gregynog Hall, tucked away from distraction in mid-Wales. The cost for the event is all inclusive, barring travel, with a particularly special conference dinner including wine, in the middle of the event.

The first 40 Early Bird Regsitrants will receive a substantial discount of £120 OFF the regisration fee.
For further details / to obtain an early bird code please contact Joanne Lello.

November 2015
Early Career developmental retreat: ‘The future of disease ecology’
Location: ZSL, London

 13 – 16 December
BES Annual Meeting – disease ecology session and cross-SIG networking event, joint with the ‘Computational Ecology’ SIG.
Locaton: EICC, Edinburgh


Jo Lello (Cardiff University)
Andy Fenton (University of Liverpool)
Jo Cable (Cardiff University)
Jon Bielby (Zoological Society of London)
Giuseppe Paladini (University of Stirling)
Beth Levick – Post-graduate Rep (University of Liverpool)
Xavier Harrison (Zoological Society of London)
Ken Wilson (University of Lancaster)

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