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Parasite and Pathogen Ecology and Evolution

Parasite and Pathogen Ecology and Evolution


Secretary: Andy Fenton


  • 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

BSP Autumn Symposium in Disease Ecology – ecosystems, wildlife and human health, Mediacity, University of Salford 17-18th September 2014

The symposium will be held at the University of Salford in the Mediacity complex and will be utilising some of the very latest presentation technology. The symposium has a number of poster slots available and a handful of orals so submit soon. See here for more information.

24 November 2014
Natural History Museum, London
1-day Public Engagement workshop

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This event is mainly aimed at late-stage PhD students and researchers in their first couple of Post-Docs.

Research councils are increasingly requiring some level of “community engagement” as a condition of grant allocation.

But what exactly does it involve and how easy is it to accomplish?

This workshop will be a great opportunity for early career disease ecologists to gain the necessary skills to inform, consult and collaborate with the general public more effectively.

In the morning there will be talks from more general knowledge on public engagement to more specific expertise from industry and research. Advice will be given on opportunities that are available and how to portrait infectious disease topics to the public in an exciting way.

In the afternoon participants will have the chance to be filmed while communicating their research and gain feedback on how to improve!! You will be sent the footage of your interview after the workshop.

You should enter the museum via the Exhibition Road entrance (small staff entrance door on the left). The museum will not be open to the public yet but you are all registered as visitors so just sign in as you arrive and someone will pick you up.

You can find Travel Advice here

Suggested accommodation: YHA Earls Court; Astor Hyde Park Hostel; Cromwell Crown Hotel; and Curzon House Hotel.

If you have any questions please contact the organisers:

Ines Fontes or Katherine Roberts


09:00 Arrival
09:30-09:40 Welcome
09:40-10:15 Introduction by Science communicator – Camilla Tham (NHM)
10:15-11:00 External speaker – TBC
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:15 Parasitologist’s experience & advice – Anouk Gouvras (NHM)
12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:30 Exercise: media interviews

The Parasite and Pathogen SIG are running a symposia and social event at the Joint BES and SFE Annual Meeting in Lille – Come and join us!

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SIG Group Committee Chair: Andy Fenton, (University of Liverpool)
Scientific Advisor: Mike Begon, (University of Liverpool)
Early Career Member: John Bielby, (London Zoological Society)
Liaison to British Society for Parasitology (BSP): Jo Cable (Cardiff University)
Meetings Secretary: Andrew Fenton, (University of Liverpool)
Student Member: Ines Fontes, (Natural History Museum London)
Communications: Sarah Perkins (Cardiff University)

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