The XIIth International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA) will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 15-20th August 2010 at the new Exhibition and Convention Centre. All are invited to join the parasitology community at this exceptional facility that lies in the heart of Melbourne in close proximity to the scenic Yarra River and the associated parks, multicultural restaurants, cafes and bars.

Parasites have an enormous impact not only in the environment but also on human and animal health. This conference will be an important forum for the dissemination and discussion of new findings in this rapidly expanding field. The theme of the congress is “Understanding the global impact of parasites-from genomes to function and disease” around which we are developing an exciting scientific program that will provide a dynamic platform for the vibrant and fruitful exchange of your new findings, research questions and state-of-the-art techniques. We are confident the diversity of themes that will be covered in this conference will encourage positive collaborations and abstracts will be solicited on all topics that span the enormous range of parasitology. The conference will provide the scientific depth required by including a range of Plenary talks that will complement a larger number of oral presentations in parallel thematic sessions. The poster sessions will be a particularly important aspect of ICOPA XII with all presentations being displayed throughout the conference period and thematic oral sessions for selected posters. There will be several social programs around the poster displays to encourage discussion and collaborations. Competitive travel awards for students and postdoctoral scientists from developing countries will be offered and more details will be provided at a later date.

We urge you to make this a must attend premier conference not only for the excellence of the science that will be on display but also the ambience and charm of one of the most liveable cities in the world. We look forward to welcoming you to our country in 2010. Australia, a land of excitement and scientific innovation awaits you!