Announcement of a new parasitological network
19th November 2010

Polar Parasitology Network (PoPaN)
Who are we? PoPaN is an international network of parasitologists, wildlife biologists and epidemiologists, health professionals and others who are interested in parasitological issues in polar regions.

PoPaN’s goals: PoPaN highlights important issues in parasitology in Arctic and Antarctic regions, fosters research initiatives and other relevant ideas and collaborative ventures. International meetings provide fora for information exchange and discussion, and enable sharing of techniques and results relevant to parasitology in polar environments.

PoPaN meetings: The most recent PoPaN meeting was held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in June 2010. Previous PoPaN meetings (International Workshops on Arctic Parasitology) have been held in Saskatchewan, Canada (2000), in Rovaniemi, Finland (2003), and in Calgary, Canada (2006). PoPaN meetings are organised by different research groups with polar parasitology interests. The next POPAN meeting is scheduled for 2012, venue (proposed Fairbanks, Alaska) to be confirmed.

PoPaN contact details and information: PoPaN is currently chaired by Dr Susan Kutz, University of Calgary, Canada, assisted by regional delegates

2nd November 2010
Dear Members,

Despite the busy autumn with teaching and research, I hope that you have all found the time to pre-register for the SBSP4. Also, if you haven't done so already, please remember to pay your membership fees.

Best Regards,

Juha Laakkonen
President of Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology

24th September 2010
Doctoral course in Estonia: 3D reconstruction of serial sectioned histological samples. 24-26th November 2010.

28th August 2010
Few important points from the ICOPA council meeting:

The membership fee of national and regional organizations for WFP will be increased to 25 dollars per year and will be paid electronically in advance prior to the next ICOPA. Until now, it has been only 5 dollars per year and have been paid in cash at the meeting.

WFP has quite a few new members (check their web site once it is updated), at this council meeting 46 societys had voting rights.

WFP board continues the same except Alan Cowman was elected as the new president.
25th August 2010
Minutes of the boards meeting the June 15th is now available
10th August 2010
The SBSP4 website is now ready
26th August 2010

Dear Members,

Greetings from the ICOPA XII which was a successful meeting with over 1800 participants from over 90 countries. Unfortunately for us, the next ICOPA will not be in Copenhagen but in Mexico City. The international parasitological community was lucky to have had four good bids to arrange the next ICOPA. The hard work of our Danish friends was not a waste of time or effort but instead they put us on the map with a meeting plan which was very modern, exciting and full of possibilities for scientific discoveries. I have seldom seen a promoting campaign done with so much class and style with the science always in the forefront. Please join me for thanking Jørgen Kurtzhals and his team for their dedicated work.

Best Regards to all,

Juha Laakkonen
President of Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology

11th August 2010

Dear members,

The webpages of the SBSP4 are now open. Please take a few minutes to check them out and complete the pre-registration form to ensure that you receive important updates on the congress. I hope to see many of you at ICOPA next week.

Best Regards

Juha Laakkonen
President of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology

June 23rd 2010
Message from the president

Dear Members,

Get your calenders out because the dates and venue for the SBSP4 have been decided! We continue to provide additonal information about the meeting as it comes available. Our society supports participation to SBSP4 by
offering additional travel grants (besides the traditional presentation awards) for students.

Best Regards!

Juha Laakkonen
President of Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology

April 22nd 2010
Message from the President
Dear members,

The complete Danish bid for XIII ICOPA 2014 is now available on the internet. In it you will find all the relevant information you may need in order to distribute information about this bid and support it. As you know, our Society officially supports the Danish bid which is in itself, thanks to the hard work of our Danish collagues and their international network, a tremendous boost for the field of parasitology in our region.

Best Regards to all

Juha Laakkonen

President of Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology

16th April 2010
European Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (EAVLD) congress. Netherlands 15-17th September 2010.

25th March 2010
NOVA Ph.D.-course in Veterinary Parasitology: Prevention and treatment of parasitic infections. 20-24 September, Tuusula, Finland.
Application deadline: 16th May.

4th March
International symposium: Parasites of the Holarctic Region. 4-8 October 2010, Petrozavodski, Russia.
February 22nd, 2010
Message from the President
Dear members,

I would like to draw your attention to the preliminary information on the SBSP4 found on this page. We will continue to provide additional information on the meeting as soon as it becomes available. Also, please reduce the work load of our treasurers by paying your membership fees now, so that reminder notices are not needed.

Best Regards
Juha Laakkonen
President of Scandinavian Baltic Society for Parasitology

3rd February
Fourth International Workshop on Arctic Parasitology (IWAP IV) 1-4th June 2010, Svalbard, Norway. This workshop is open to all who are interested in or involved in work regarding parasites and health in northern and Arctic ecosystems.

1st February
First news on the SBSP4 meeting is posted here on our front page!

12th January 2010
Estonian symposium, Tartu University, Estonia (in Estonian):
Inter-specific ecological interactions and biodiversity:
Parasitism, symbiosis, co-evolution
Date announced in March 2010. For more information contact webmaster.

8th January 2010
Announcing the next NOVA course in Advanced Parasitology: Prevention and treatment of parasitic infections. 20-24th September 2010.