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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


Infectious Disease

European Grant Writing Workshop – register here.

This workshop will bring together infectious disease researchers from across Europe to discuss and / or draft EU grant applications. If you have ideas or skills that may contribute to a bid, or have part formed consortia that you want to expand, then we would like to hear from you.

The week-long event will combine, participant introductions, training (from Sean McCarthy) and formation of working groups, with the aim to build high quality teams and begin the process of producing a number of of EU grants (e.g. Research and Innovation Actions, International Training Networks, COFUND Programmes).

The event will be hosted by Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy and is supported by the British Ecological Society Parasite and Pathogen Ecology and Evolution Special Interest Group.

Deadline for application is 30th May 2016 and numbers are strictly limited to 50.

Applicants should submit a one page CV detailing:

  1. i)         Name, institution, career stage and contact details,
  2. ii)        Research Interests / Skills

iii)       Up to 10 most relevant / recent publications.

Cost of registration is £142 per person, which includes, registration, training events, accommodation and meals (except for one free evening). Registration is now live.

For more information or to submit an application please contact Dr Joanne Lello at lelloj@cardiff.ac.uk / lello.joanne@fmach.it or Tel: +39 (0)461 615856.

Pathogen Host Shifts Workshop
12 April
University of Cambridge

The P&P SIG is co-sponsoring this meeting, which is designed to bring together researchers seeking to understand the factors underpinning host shifts.

Pathogen host shifts are a major source of emerging infectious diseases, with HIV, SARS coronavirus and Ebola all having jumped into humans from other species. There is much to learn about which pathogens are likely to host shift, which species pathogens are likely to switch between and how pathogens will evolve and spread in a new host species. Once a pathogen has come into contact with a novel host, it must successfully infect that host. This will involve binding to host receptors, replicating and avoiding the host immune response. Finally, the pathogen must be successfully transmitted to other individuals if it is to persist in the novel host population. These steps may involve the pathogen evolving to adapt to the novel host.

This meeting will focus on all of these steps and will cover the ecology, evolution, mechanisms, immunity and epidemiology underlying pathogen host shifts. The meeting aims to bring together a broad range of researchers from across the UK and Europe, working on this important topic, to discuss their work and develop collaborations. For more details contact Anna Davies.

11th-13th April
BSP Spring meeting
Location: Imperial College London

A partner of the P&P SIG, The British Parasitological Society, will this year hold its annual spring meeting at Imperial College London. There will be a strong ecology theme running through the entire meeting this year, which will help facilitate and develop stronger links between the two groups.

European Grant Writing Workshop

Planned to run in late June, this workshop will focus on building consortia and forming a number of European Union grant submissions. More news on this, exciting and novel event will follow soon. Watch this space…

Also keep your eyes peeled for another Early Career Event in the latter part of 2016.



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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