A group of scientists and Ph.D. students from the Nature Research Centre (NRC) participated in the 10th Conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology (SBSP) in Tartu, Estonia, on 5-7 June 2023. The theme of the conferences was – Parasites and hosts in a shared environment. Lithuanian Ph.D. students and scientists from the P.B. Šivickis Parasitology Laboratory, Entomology, Molecular Ecology and Mammalian Ecology Laboratories presented 17 scientific presentations on species and genetic diversity, co-infections, vectors, host-parasite-microbiota interactions and other ecological aspects of parasites in fish, amphibians, birds and mammals.102 scientists from 17 countries attended the conference.
During the pre-conference symposium, dr. Carolina Chagas and dr. Vaidas Palinauskas gave presentations to young scientists about research careers and the NRC’s “Early Career Researchers Committee”. During the conference, Ph.D. student Ivanna Dmytriieva received the Audience Award for the best oral presentation, and German Liberato was awarded the best parasite photo in the “Golden Flea” competition.
At the end of the official conference program, during the SBSP General Assembly, V. Palinauskas completed his 10-year term as Vice President and NRC scientist, dr. Olena Kudlai was elected as the new Lithuanian representative and SBSP Secretary.
For more information about the conference visit: https://csbsp10.emu.ee
Figure 1: Conference participants
Figure 2: Opening of the conference
Figure 3: Conference participants from the NRC P.B.Šivickis Parasitology Laboratory.
Figure 4. Awards for the best presentations. Ivanna Dmytriieva is second from the left.
Figure 5. Awards for the best photos of parasites. German Liberato is second from the right.