On 13th April 2023 Dr. Habil. Maciej Grzybek, Associate Professor from the Division of Tropical Parasitology, Medical University of Gdańsk received the British Society for Parasitology President’s Medal. By the decision of the BSP Council, Professor Grzybek received the President’s Medal – the highest scientific award for young scientists awarded in Great Britain in the field of parasitology. The award is only awarded in years in which an exceptional and inspiring candidate is nominated. The BSP Council assessed Prof. Grzybek’s scientific achievements and contribution to the development of the discipline. The interdisciplinary and international character of his research was also taken into account.
The award was presented during the British Society for Parasitology Spring Meeting held at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The medal awarding ceremony took place in McEwan Hall, where Dr. Habil. Maciej Grzybek, Assoc. Prof. gave a plenary lecture entitled: Biomonitoring and long-term studies on sylvatic rodents in Poland – the good, the bad and the effort. During the lecture, the laureate presented the main domain of his research, in which he focuses on the role of sylvatic rodents in the transmission of diseases that constitute the health of both humans and animals. He also shared the principles that he follows in his scientific and didactic work, persuading the younger members of the Association to broaden international cooperation.
The British Society for Parasitology was formed in 1962 from the Parasitological Section of the Institute of Biology. Today the Society is the central networking and meeting point for many professional and amateur parasitologists throughout the UK and across the world. The membership of the BSP stands at around 800 in number. Approximately a third of the members are from overseas locations. Highlights of the annual BSP calendar include the annual residential meetings in spring and autumn which are focused on general and specialist aspects of parasitology.
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