Introduction to Copenhagen for ICOPA XIII 2014 Introduction to the Copenhagen proposal 1. Brief introduction The Danish Society for Parasitology (DSP) will be bidding for the ICOPA XIII conference in 2014 in collaboration with Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau (WoCo) and collaborating groups and individuals in the Nordic and Baltic countries including the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology. DSP is the national membership organization under the World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP). It represents medical doctors, veterinarians and scientists with a clinical and scientific commitment to parasitology. DSP serves as a networking opportunity for professionals and students involved with parasitology in Denmark including research, education, control and management of parasitic diseases. Having close to 100 members, DSP spans a wide expertise within the expanding fields of Parasitology in the 21st century: Human and veterinary medicine, zoonoses, public health, vaccinology, technology development etc. Among the most prominent institutions represented in DSP are The Danish Centre for Experimental Parasitology and the DBL-Centre for Health Research and Development which are the key players in parasitology at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen. At the Faculty of Health Sciences, Centre for Medical Parasitology is one of the largest malaria research groups in Europe and an international key player in vaccine development. The Parasitology Laboratory at Statens Serum Institute has a long history of ground breaking toxoplasmosis research and recently also research in intestinal protozoal infections. Several other groups including the National Veterinary Institute at the Danish Technical University are represented. DSP is associated with the Scandinavian Baltic Society for Parasitology which formally supports the bid. For more information on The Danish Society for Parasitology please visit www.parasitology.dk The proposed theme of ICOPA XIII ‘Parasites and Development’ is inspired by the millennium development goals laid down by the United Nations as milestones to be reached by the year 2015. A large number of these goals focus on human health and agriculture, where the control of parasitic diseases plays a major role. Thus, a congress devoted to the importance of parasites for development as a countdown to 2015 has the potential to attract major scientific and political attention. The vision is creating a melting pot where scientists, clinicians, industry and policy makers take turns with a range of pressing challenges to human and animal health, social and economic development, and other key aspects related to parasitic diseases. The Local Host Committee consists of: Dr. Jørgen Kutzhals, MD, PhD, Consultant, associate professor, President of the Danish Society for Parasitology. Centre for Medical Parasitology, Department of Clinical Microbiology, 7602, Rigshospitalet, 2100 Copenhagen Ø Dr. Annette Olsen, MSc, PhD, Senior Researcher, DBL-Centre for Health Research and Development Section for Parasitology, Health and Development Faculty of Life Sciences University of Copenhagen Dr. Kim David, MD, PhD, Senior Resident, President of the Danish Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Department of Infectious Diseases, Hvidovre Hospital, 2650 Hvidovre. Dr. Martin Kraup Nielsen, DVM, PhD, Assistant professor, Department of Large Animal Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen 2. Why Denmark for ICOPA XIII 2014? The first ICOPA meeting took place in Rome 1964, followed by ICOPA II in Washington DC in 1970. Since then, ICOPA has been held regularly every 4th year but has never yet been to Scandinavia. Denmark has a long tradition of parasitology research and presently has several outstanding international research groups such as Centre for Medical Parasitology, Centre for Experimental Parasitology, and DBL- Centre for Health Research and Development. Recently, the University of Copenhagen has launched the cross-faculty ‘School of Global Health’ formalising a long-standing devotion to development research. Other Danish universities have a similar strong tradition of international development programmes. The Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA) is among the most reputable governmental aid organisations in the world as is several Danish NGOs. Furthermore, the Danish population has a wide and deeply rooted tradition of concern for global justice and international aid. From a commercial aspect, Danish agriculture and food industry has for decades been supported by strong government-regulations of food safety, resulting in a high trust in Danish food products and consequently a large food export. Similarly, Danish engineering companies producing water and sanitation systems and other technical solutions to public health needs are among the world leaders. There is a tradition in Denmark for a high ethical standard in the industry and a high degree of social responsibility. Finally, Danish parasitology researchers have a strong tradition of collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry and vaccine manufacturers, not least the State Serum Institute (SSI) that also houses internationally acknowledged development research groups. Thus, the congress will become an important opportunity for flagging the quality and significance of Danish scientific, political and commercial interests. Conversely, this unique and diverse environment is a guarantee of an inspiring congress that will make a visible difference. 3. Proposed theme and contents for ICOPA 2014 in Copenhagen We propose to hold the ICOPA 2014 under the theme ‘Parasites and Development’. This has implications for a very wide range of sub-themes spanning from Darwinian evolution through development of diagnostic and therapeutic methodologies to the consequences of parasitic diseases for development of human societies, health, agriculture etc. Some proposed major headlines for scientific sessions are listed below as examples but these should be seen as an ouverture to the development of the conference programme: • Evolution and ecology • Parasite development and life cycles • Development of novel diagnostic techniques • Fetal development (pregnancy-related infections) • Agricultural development 1. Organic Farming 2. Third world agricultural development 3. Water and waste management • Development of societies 1. Public health 2. Disaster management 3. Economic development • Count down to the millennium development goals • Drug development 1. Novel antimalarials 2. Novel anthelmintics • Vaccine development 1. Malaria vaccine development 2. Veterinary vaccines • Scientific development 1. Parasites as immunomodulators in autoimmune diseases • Zoonoses • Development of sustainable parasite control programs 4. Copenhagen for ICOPA XIII 2014 Copenhagen is amongst the top 10 most popular convention cities in the world due to its easy accessibility, general level of efficiency and low crime rate. The city is well-organized offering short distances between hotels and conference facilities, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and first-class cultural activities. Copenhagen has a history as one of the great design capitals of the world with some of the world's most stunning modern architecture and interiors. A one thousand-year history, tales from the oldest monarchy in the world, fairytale writing and celebrated international designers awaits the delegates in the medieval streets, 17th-century canals, and modernist architecture of Copenhagen. Copenhagen offers a refreshing, unpretentious environment that is nevertheless dynamic, committed and efficient. Copenhagen possesses a coziness that larger cities are unable to replicate. And with venues and hotels centrally located, there is plenty of opportunity to experience life the Copenhagen way. Copenhagen is a founding member of BestCities Global Alliance which is the world's first convention bureau alliance. With eight partners on five continents, the BestCities Global Alliance is recognized internationally for its innovative approach in setting the highest professional standards and best practices for the meetings and convention industry. Copenhagen recently hosted the high profiled 121st IOC Session & XIII Olympic Congress and will, in December, be host city for the large UN Climate Change Convention - COP15. Both meetings at the Bella Center (Copenhagen Congress Centre) We are currently working with two congress venues: Bella Center and Tivoli Congress Center. Bella Center is, according to independent sources, one of the most advanced congress centres in the world. It is Scandinavia’s largest congress, fair and trade mart centre and accommodates, with its 121.800 square meters of fully airconditioned meeting rooms, conference facilities, auditoriums and exhibition space, up to 20,000 simultaneous conference participants under one roof and has some 63 flexible rooms. The building’s glass façade offers fantastic lighting effects both inside and outside, as well as a magnificent view of the spires of Copenhagen and of the Royal Copenhagen Golf Course just across the road. The congress centre has its own metro station just 9 minutes from city centre. Tivoli Congress Centre is currently being built and will be completed by the end of 2010. It will be located in the heart of Copenhagen within walking distance of Tivoli Gardens, Town Hall Square, the pedestrian shopping streets and the waterfront. Tivoli Congress Center will be the largest conference centre in the central Copenhagen area. Its Congress Hall will accommodate up to 2,500 attendees, in addition to two large auditoria and a variety of large and smaller conference and meeting rooms. All facilities come equipped with the most up-to-the-minute AV and IT equipment. Brief Overview of Copenhagen: Convenient • International airport (CPH) with direct connections to more 127 destinations worldwide making access convenient for attendees from all parts of the world. • Transfer time between airport and city is only 12 minutes by train or metro – the fastest of any European capital city. • Copenhagen has one of the most effective and safest public transportation systems in the world • Congress Centres with in-house hotel facilities. Compact • Hotels and sights within easy walking distance of one another • Perfect for walking and bicycling. The old town centre home to Europe’s longest pedestrian zone. • As part of the dynamic Oresund Region delegates will find more than 50.000 things to see and do within 90 minutes drive in both Denmark and Sweden. Competent • Founding member of the BestCities Global Alliance. • Long tradition and experience in hosting international congresses and events • Least corrupt country in the world Creative • One of the world's great design capitals, a status that is reflected in its dynamic new buildings and stunning shops • Copenhagen ranked no. 1 by the acclaimed Monocle on "The World's 25 Top Cities for Quality of life and "Best Design City". • With 13 Michelin starred restaurants the inventive and exciting restaurants scene makes the city a major gourmet destination. Comfortable • High level of efficiency and easy-going attitude • Ranking as the 2. most peaceful country in the world in the Global Peace Index • Recently voted World Eco Country 2009 at the world’s largest ECO Tradefair; Biotech in Nürnberg • A green city by the sea with many parks, eco-labeled hotels and organic food 5. Support for the Copenhagen proposal In addition to the Scandinavian Baltic Society for Parasitology that is formally supporting the bid, DSP is supported in the endeavour by the Danish Society for Clinical Microbiology, the Danish Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health, and the Danish Society of Global Health. A number of individual Scandinavian scientists also support the bid and will assist with planning of the meeting. Government ministries, The Lord Mayor and Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau are naturally supporting the candidacy. It will be attempted to get support from the Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA) to sponsor participants from developing countries and to get support from commercial groups (engineering companies, agriculture, pharmaceutical companies etc) to promote the Danish interests.