BioMalPar XX: biology and pathology of the malaria parasite – Course and Conference Office

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BioMalPar XX: biology and pathology of the malaria parasite


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance for on-site participation with abstract is 13 February 2024.

Conference overview

Malaria remains a major global public health challenge. The emergence and spread of resistance to existing antimalarial drugs further complicates the fight against this ancient foe.

As the BioMalPar Conference marks its 20th anniversary, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the critical mission of understanding the biology of the Plasmodium parasite, its interactions with hosts and vectors, and the urgent need to develop effective intervention strategies.

This year, we will focus on enhancing our research community by forging new connections. We recognize that meaningful progress in combating malaria necessitates collaboration across continents and disciplines—sharing data and employing state-of-the-art techniques to unravel Plasmodium’s secrets.

The upcoming conference is a pivotal opportunity for global scientists to convene, fostering the exchange of vital information, cutting-edge technology, and innovative ideas, all crucial to advancing our collective battle against malaria.

Session topics

  • “Imaging Begins”
  • “Revenge of the Mosquito”
  • “Charlie & the Vaccine Factory”
  • “Mr & Mrs Plasmodium”
  • “V for Vivax”
  • “The Parasite’s Guide to the Galaxy”

What past participants say about the conference

BioMalPar 2023 encompassed a spectacular range of research spanning basic to translational. The program content was topical and comprehensive, and the overall event was well-organized to achieve a dynamic environment that fuelled great discussions and networking.” – Jacquin Niles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

After a decade working on malaria research, I had heard high opinions of BioMalPar. However, this was my first time attending and clearly exceeded my expectations. Excellent scientific content with a balanced blend of senior and junior scientists. Smoothly organised in a venue that favours networking organically.” – Alejandro Marin Menendez, MIVEGEC-IRD, France


Keynote Speaker


Chi-Min Ho

Columbia University Irving Medical Center


Felix Hol

Radboud University Medical Center

The Netherlands

Scientific Organisers

Taco Kooij

Radboud University Medical Center

The Netherlands

Emeritus steering group member

Conference Organiser


Are you on social media? Post using #EMBLMalaria and don’t forget to tag @EMBLEvents.

  • Please note that the programme is subject to change. Some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk.
  • For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.
Day 1 – Tuesday 21 May 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:30 –  11:00Registration and light refreshments
11:00 –  11:15Opening remarks
11:00 –  12:00Keynote speaker: Title to be confirmed
Ally Olotu – Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
12:00 –  15:00Session 1: “Imaging Begins”
12:00 –  12:30Title to be confirmed
Chi-Min Ho – Columbia University Irving Medical Center, USA
12:30 –  12:45Selected abstract
12:45 –  13:00Selected abstract
13:00 –  13:30Lunch and meet the speakers
13:30 –  14:00Title to be confirmed
Takeshi Annoura – National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Japan
14:00 –  14:15Selected abstract
14:15 –  14:30Selected abstract
14:30 –  15:00Session 2: “Revenge of the Mosquito”
15:00 –  15:30The mosquito microbiome: The oft-neglected component of malaria parasite-vector interactions
Nsa Dada – Arizona State University, USA
15:30 –  15:45Selected abstract
15:45 –  16:00Selected abstract
16:00 –  16:45Coffee Break
16:45 –  17:15Selected abstract
17:15 –  17:30Selected abstract
17:30 –  18:00Flash talks
18:00 –  19:30Poster session 1 (odd numbers)
19:30 –  21:00Dinner
21:00 –  22:30After dinner drinks or pub quiz
Day 2 – Wednesday 22 May 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:15Session 3: “Charlie & the Vaccine Factory”
09:00 – 09:30Immune Responses against Mosquito Saliva in Chronic and Infectious Disease
Berlin Londoño-Renteria –Tulane University; USA
09:30 – 09:45Selected abstract
09:45 – 10:00Selected abstract
10:00 – 10:45Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15Title to be confirmed
Tibebu Habtewold –Imperial College London; UK
11:15 – 11:30Selected abstract
11:30 – 12:00Selected abstract
12:00 – 12:15Selected abstract
12:15 – 13:45Lunch and meet the speakers
13:45 – 17:00Session 4: “Mr & Mrs Plasmodium”
13:45 – 14:15A non-canonical Arp2/3 complex is essential for male DNA segregation and mosquito transmission
Franziska Hentzschel – Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
14:15 – 14:30Selected abstract
14:30 – 14:45Selected abstract
14:45 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00Title to be confirmed
Alfred Cortés – ISGlobal, Spain
16:00 – 16:15Selected abstract
16:15 – 16:30Selected abstract
16:30 – 17:00Flash talks
17:00 – 18:30Poster session 2 (even numbers)
18:30 – 20:00Dinner
20:00 – 00:00After dinner drinks with Live music
Day 3 – Thursday 23 May 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 13:30Session 5: “V for Vivax”
09:00 – 09:30Title to be confirmed
Fitsum G Tadesse Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Ethiopia
09:30 – 09:45Selected abstract
09:45 – 10:00Selected abstract
10:00 – 10:45Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15Title to be confirmed
Mallika Imwong – Mahidol University, Thailand
11:15 – 11:30Selected abstract
11:30 – 12:00Selected abstract
12:00 – 13:30Lunch and meet the speakers
13:30 – 13:30Session 6: “The Parasite’s Guide to the Galaxy”
13:30 – 14:00Title to be confirmed
Emily Derbyshire – Duke University, USA
13:30 – 13:45Selected abstract
13:45 – 14:00Selected abstract
14:00 – 14:45Coffee break
14:45 – 15:15Expand, Export, Diversify and Conquer: the FIKK kinase family in P. falciparum host-pathogen interaction
Moritz Treeck – The Francis Crick Institute UK and Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Portugal
15:15 – 15:30Selected abstract
15:30 – 15:45Selected abstract
15:45 – 16:00Closing remarks and poster prize announcements

Practical information

Choosing onsite vs. virtual participation

You can choose to attend the conference either onsite in Heidelberg or virtually. If you hope to present your research, you need to decide which mode suits you best before the abstract submission deadline, considering the below: 

If you plan to attend the conference onsite, you can register and apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline. Please note that once you have registered for onsite attendance and submitted an abstract for an oral presentation, you will still have the opportunity to present a poster onsite even if not selected for an onsite oral presentation. However, it is not possible to switch and apply for a  virtual oral presentation after the submission deadline. 

If you plan to attend the conference virtually, you can only apply for a virtual oral presentation as there will be no virtual posters. If your abstract is not selected for a virtual oral presentation, you can still participate in the conference with access to all the live streamed talks, a video library of the recorded talks and a facility to submit questions. Only participants attending the event onsite can present a poster.

Registration fees and abstract submission

On-site registration fees include admission, conference materials, meals and coffee breaks. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Virtual registration fees include access to all of the talks (livestreamed and on demand) and facility to submit questions.

On-site Academia€735
On-site PhD Student€635
On-site Industry€935
On-site Journal Editors*€250
Virtual Academia€225
Virtual PhD Student€175
Virtual Industry€275

* Editors from scientific journals are allowed to attend at a reduced rate, but asked to contribute to the conference in return by taking part in ‘meet the editors’ sessions or other planned activities within the programme.

A letter to support your visa application will be issued, on request, once payment of the registration fee is confirmed. We recommend that you book your visa appointment as soon as possible, to avoid any delay with your visa application.

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for complimentary press registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact events@embl.de for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.

Confirmation and payment

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee. If you are added to our waiting list, please consider taking advantage of our offerings to participate virtually.

On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments. 

Virtual participants: We are only able to accept card payments. In exceptional cases we can accept bank transfers. Please contact events@embl.de for details.

Abstract submission

Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.

After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Abstract body: The limit of 2000 characters refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 2,000 character limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.

If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest should be lowercase.

Authors and affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory fields are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email.

Kindly mark only one author in the role of First Author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be the Presenter.

Please enter your co-authors correctly via the system by adding accounts together with their organisation/institute. Do not copy-paste them into the body of the abstract text, as they will not be indexed in the abstract book.

Presentation types: When submitting your abstract, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.

For detailed instructions on how to submit a conference abstract, follow the instructions provided in this video.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO in the form of registration fee waivers, travel grants, and childcare grants.

Your place in the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee, which is mandatory even when receiving a fee waiver.

Registration fee waiver

The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the course or conference.

Travel grant

The travel grant will cover the cost of travel to an on-site event (airfare, train, bus, taxi, accommodation, visa, and/or registration fees*) and is provided up to specified caps which are normally as follows:

–up to €400 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.

–up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.

–up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €700 for any participant working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Workshops

The organisers may reduce the grant cap to accommodate more participants. Recipients will be notified of their travel cap amount when they are informed of the outcome of their application. Original receipts must be provided with your signature for all costs incurred within two months of completion of travel. Scanned copies cannot be accepted.

Childcare grant

There is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants, speakers, and organisers when attending a conference.

Eligible costs include (but are not limited to) fees for a baby-sitter or child-care facility, and travel costs for a caregiver. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline. There is a limited amount of funding available for the childcare grants and funds will be distributed amongst eligible applicants.


On-site participants

You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your abstract. The financial assistance for onsite participation 13 February 2024. Please note that the deadline for applying for financial assistance for BioMalPar is earlier than the abstract submission deadline. This is to allow successful applicants more time to apply for a travel visa to enter Germany, if needed. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding why your lab cannot fund your attendance and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application. Your abstract will still be considered if you are not awarded financial help and you may still attend on a self-funding basis if you wish.

Virtual participants

If you are attending virtually, you can apply for financial assistance in the submission portal by the abstract deadline. Read the instructions on how to apply for financial assistance. Only submissions for financial assistance will be accepted. Presentation abstracts cannot be submitted here and will be declined. 

In your application you will be asked to summarise your current work,  answer questions regarding why your lab cannot fund your attendance, and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application.


The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers and travel grants during the motivation letter or abstract selection process. Results will be announced approximately 6 – 8 weeks before the event start date, however for some events this may be delayed. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Selection for registration fee waivers and travel grants is based on scientific merit, your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support, and the impact this event will have on your career.

Childcare grants will be allocated in the same timeframe (6-8 weeks before the event start date). Please note that priority will be given to early-stage researchers.


Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts (from travel costs) have been received.

Further details

View our list of external funding opportunities and information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.

The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until 23 April 2024, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code BMP23-01 to confirm the exact price of the room.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergPremier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Bayrischer Hof ISG Hotel Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreSteffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Exzellenz HotelMeininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Hotel MonptiHilton Heidelberg

Travel information

For travel information, please see here.

If you are travelling to the conference within Germany then you are eligible for the Deutsche Bahn ‘Event Ticket’ (called the ‘Veranstaltungsticket’ in German). This will result in a lower ticket price if your travel distance to Heidelberg is more than 100 km. You need to provide proof of your event attendance when purchasing the ticket.

For more information in English see here or in German see here.

You can book your ticket here.

Conference shuttle buses

Conference shuttle buses are free of charge for participants, and depart from designated bus stops near the hotels to EMBL and back, mornings and evenings.

The bus stops for this conference are:

  • Staycity Aparthotel (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Premier Inn (Kurfürsten-Anlage 23)
  • Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center (Bergheimer Str. 63)
  • Neckarmünzplatz (Heidelberg Tourist Information)
  • Peterskirche (Bus stop)
  • ISG Hotel (Im Eichwald 19)

View Conference shuttle bus stops and hotels in a larger map. Please note that not every bus stop will be used for every event.

Further details

Address: EMBL, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany.

For more information about accommodation and travel, please refer to the FAQ page.

On-site information


All meals and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. Our catering staff will prepare a wide variety of vegetarian meals, meat and fish dishes, soups, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of desserts.

Please wear your badge at all times when serving yourself.

No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium.

Charging lockers

There are lockers available next to the stairs leading down into the Auditorium. You will find some of those equipped with sockets to charge your smartphone/tablet etc.

Electricity and charging station

In most places the electricity is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). An adaptor and a plug that fits the German socket may be needed for your appliances/laptop (i.e. American, Japanese, etc.). A USB charging station for electronic devices is available at the registration desk.

EMBL merchandise

If you are interested in purchasing EMBL merchandise (products presented in the glass display in the registration area), please email the EMBL shop to place an order or get in contact with your Course Organiser.

Kindly note the EMBL shop is only open upon request and all purchases must be made in cash (Euros only).

Health and safety notes

Please read EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for on-site events.
Do not smoke in any EMBL building.
Eating and drinking is prohibited in the Auditorium and all laboratories.
Do not enter any restricted areas or the laboratories unless instructed to do so.

If first aid is required …

  • The first aid room is located next to the ATC Registration Desk (room 10- 205).
  • Dial the Emergency number 222 from any EMBL internal phone only.
  • Where is the accident? What happened? How many injured?
  • Emergency number 06221-387 7821 from mobile phones.
  • Please report all accidents to the conference officer at the registration desk.

In case of fire …

  • Press the nearest fire alarm button or the Emergency number 222 from any internal phone.
  • A loud fire alarm will go off if an evacuation is required. On hearing the alarm leave the building immediately following the escape route and fire wardens and head to one of the meeting points
  • Do not use the lifts.

Beyond first aid…

Please remember to bring your own medication, if needed, to the conference. Note that the next pharmacy is a 4-minute drive from the EMBL, but for many medications you will be required to see a doctor to get a prescription.

Ensure in advance that your medical insurance will cover you during your visit in the event that you do need to see a doctor while in Heidelberg. In any case, the EMBL Course and Conference Office will assist you to get to the pharmacy and a doctor of your choice if necessary.


Wi-Fi is available on campus using the EMBL-Events network and the event specific password, which will be provided on site. The eduroam network (secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.

Lost and found

‘’Lost and Found’’ items are kept at the registration desk until the end of the conference.


There are lockers available on-site to store your luggage, which require a 2 EURO coin to operate. There is another luggage room on level E0, which is free to use but remains unlocked during the conference.

Nursing room

There is a nursing room available in the ATC Rooftop Lounge on level A29.


During the conference, an EMBL Photographer may be taking photos. If you would not like to appear in these, please inform the photographer or a member of the Course and Conference Office.


We can help to print your boarding pass/train ticket. Please send it to events@embl.de and collect your print-outs at the registration desk.

Room for prayer, yoga and meditation

There is a room for prayer, meditation and yoga located on level E0 behind the Auditorium. Please be respectful of others using the room.


A variety of activities in Heidelberg can be found on the website of Heidelberg Marketing.

Travel to and from the venue

During the event, we provide conference shuttle buses to and from EMBL. In addition, there is the public bus 39A that serves the EMBL campus and taxis can be easily booked at any time. Information on the conference shuttle buses can be found on the individual event website and more detailed information on travelling to EMBL can be found on our Travel Information page.

Useful German expressions

GoodbyeAuf Wiedersehen (formal)
Tschüss (informal)
Good morningGuten Morgen
Good afternoonGuten Tag
Good eveningGuten Abend
Good nightGute Nacht
I’m sorryEs tut mir leid
Excuse me…Entschuldigen Sie
How are you?Wie gehts?
I’m fine thanks. And you?Mir geht es gut , danke. Und Dir/Ihnen?
What is your nameWie heißen Sie? (formal)
Wie heißt Du? (informal)
My name isIch heiße…
Do you speak EnglishSprechen Sie englisch?
I don’t understandIch verstehe nicht
Please speak more slowlyKönnen Sie bitte langsamer sprechen
Thank youDankeschön
Where is the toilet?Wo ist die Toilette?
Please call me a taxiBitte rufen Sie mir ein Taxi
How do I get to….?Wie komme ich zum/zur…..?
A beer/two beers pleaseEin Bier/zwei Bier bitte
A glass of red/white wine pleaseEin Glas Rot/Weisswein bitte
The menu, pleaseDie Speisekarte, bitte
Is there a local speciality?Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend?
I’m vegetarianIch bin Vegetarier
It was deliciousEs war hervorragend
The bill, pleaseDie Rechnung, bitte
I have a headacheIch habe Kopfschmerzen
I have a sore throatIch habe Halsschmerzen
My stomach hurtsIch habe Magenschmerzen
I’m allergic toIch bin allergisch gegen
I need a doctor who speaks EnglishIch brauche einen Arzt, der englisch spricht
Virtual participation

What’s included?

  • Access to all the livestreamed talks
  • Video library of the recorded talks during the event and for two weeks afterwards. Please note: at the request of individual speakers, some talks are not recorded.
  • Facility to submit questions

* Talks will only be recorded upon speaker’s consent

Please note that only on-site participants are able to submit abstracts and participate in the poster sessions.

Event platform

We are using an event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.


  • Do not broadcast the conference to unregistered participants.
  • You are encouraged to tweet and post about the event. Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise, but be mindful of unpublished data. 
  • Please do not capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting.

Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.

Health and well-being

It is important to stay healthy and move around, especially when you are attending an event virtually. We have put together a few coffee break stretches and yoga videos in the conference platform for you to enjoy during the event.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function in the event platform.

If you have any other questions, you can go to the Help Desk in the event platform. Click on ‘more’ on the top menu and click Help Desk. 

Time zone

The programme is planned based on the Europe/Berlin time zone, unless otherwise stated. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your

Additional information

Please find additional information including FAQs, terms and conditions, COVID-19 safety policy and travelling to EMBL on our Information for participants page.

COVID-19 related questions

COVID-19 information for on-site events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.


Media partners

EMBO Molecular Medicine, an EMBO Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Medinformatics, a Bon View Publishing journal

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal

Sponsorship opportunities

We offer a variety of event sponsoring possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or combine individual sponsorship options to suit your event budget. Discounts are available for companies sponsoring multiple events at EMBL Heidelberg. View other conferences, or contact sponsorship@embl.de for further information on sponsoring possibilities.

If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.


EMBL wishes to warn sponsors of EMBL conferences and courses of fraudulent schemes purporting to offer sponsorship opportunities on behalf of EMBL or affiliated with EMBL officials. One current scam campaign of which we are aware is conducted using the name ‘Judy Eastman’ (judy@gopcontact.a2hosted.com) and entails approaches to sponsors offering sponsorship opportunities on EMBL’s behalf. Please be kindly advised that all relevant communication regarding sponsorship of EMBL conferences, symposia and courses is handled by EMBL directly and is sent from an official EMBL account. EMBL does not work with any external providers on sponsorship acquisition.

Please also note that:

  • EMBL never provides attendee lists for purchase. Any offers of such are fraudulent.
  • EMBL will never call or email you to ask for your credit card details or to request a payment.
  • All payments are on invoice.

Suspicious communications purportedly from, for or on behalf of EMBL should be reported to EMBL at the following email address sponsorship@embl.de.

Media kit

Want to let others know you’re attending this event? Take a look at our shareable media and feel free to use them in your social media channels or presentations.

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Date: 21 - 23 May 2024

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: 5 Mar 2024

Registration (On-site): 9 Apr 2024

Registration (Virtual): 14 May 2024


  • Sabrina Absalon
    Indiana University, USA
    • Jess Bryant
      Institut Pasteur, France
      • Fredros Okumu
        Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
        • Taco Kooij
          Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands

        Contact: EMBL Events

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