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November 2002

World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP) News
The tenth International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA X) was held from 4 -9 August, 2002 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, with around 987 papers and posters presented. The World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP) Board and Council Meetings were held at the same time, it was decided that the next Congress (ICOPA XI) would be held at Glasgow in 2006. WFP also elected and approved a new executive committee and board members for 2002-2006: President R.A. Khan (Canada), Past-president M. Suzuki (Japan), Vice-President D. Rollinson (United Kingdom), P. Dubinsky (Slovak Republic), A.M. Johnson (Australia), Treasurer J. Andreassen (Denmark), Secretary N. Arizono (Japan), Members-at-large: H. Mehlhorn (Germany), M.Z. Alkan (Turkey), M.M. Hassan (Egypt), Y. Wattanagoon (Thailand), Soon-Hyung Lee (Korea), B.M. Christensen (USA), M. Guadalupe Ortega-Pierres (Mexico).

In the next 4 years, the WFP board will provide news of relevance on a timely basis. The WFP board is also considering possible amendments of the Constitution and By-Laws of WFP, which you can find on the WFP home page http://www.parasitologists.org.  Any comments or suggestions are most welcome.  Contact: N. Arizono: arizonon@basic.kpu-m.ac.jp


Call for nominations for the WAAVP Peter Nansen Young Scientist Award


IX European Multicolloquium of Parasitology (EMOP 9)

President Address

Our universe is currently facing a major catastro-phe in the expansion and spread of diseases.  People living in developing countries, especially Africa, Asia and Latin America, face increasing poverty, inadequate nutrition, poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water. Climatic change in some regions has reduced land available for cultivation and livestock production. Over exploitation of commercial fish stocks has led to their depletion and biodiversity, forests and coral reefs are declin-ing rapidly. Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria and lymphatic filariasis, are increasing and water and food-borne infections, for example, giardiasis and cryptosporidiasis, are now recognized as world-wide pathogens.

The World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP), through its website www.parasitologists.org, will provide information on current events relating to parasites which affect man and food production. It will also include news, views, dates of upcoming meetings and agencies to contact for information.  The WFP hopes to encourage non-member countries to join the Federation and also to use its website for information transfer.  We plan to establish stronger links with the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other divisions of the United Nations primarily for dissemination of information relevant to parasitic diseases.

Another priority of the WFP will be to raise funding to support attendance of young scientists at meetings of ICOPA in order to become acquainted with the most recent advances in research and also to enable them to establish contacts with specialists in their respective fields.  Some of these objectives can be achieved not only with  the assistance of the members of the Board but also of all member countries.  We invite all members and non-member organizations to express their views, participate in developing and fostering our website and, ultimately the WFP.

Rasul A. Khan
President of the World Federation of Parasitologists




The British Society for Parasitology (BSP) was delighted to receive the backing of the World Federation of Parasitologists to host ICOPA XI (2006). The BSP, Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and the City of Glasgow are honoured to invite Parasitologists from around the world to join us in Glasgow, Scotland UK from Sunday 6th August to Friday 11th August 2006.

We are committed to ensuring that this will be a Congress to be remembered.  First and foremost will be the science. ICOPA must be a truly global meeting and we hope to promote the attendance of young scientists and colleagues from the developing world.  The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on the banks of the River Clyde is a purpose built modern conference centre and a perfect venue for the meeting. The Centre is next to the city centre with hotel and student accommodation nearby. Reaching Glasgow could not be easier, the international airport is served by many different airlines. An exciting social programme is being planned and there will be plenty of options for pre- and post-Congress tours to discover the many delights of Scotland.

  ICOPA is for Parasitologists around the world and we would welcome your ideas and suggestions via Professor Mike Doenhoff (m.doenhoff@ bangor.ac.uk) or Professor Paul Hagan (p.hagan@ bio.gla.ac.uk).  The ICOPA XI website is being constructed but in the meantime please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/bsp.

  We very much look forward to meeting with you in Glasgow in 2006 and ask for your participation in making this “The Best ICOPA Ever”.

David Rollinson
President of the British Society for Parasitology