49th Jírovec’s Protozoological Days
April 22 - 26, 2019
Jírovec Protozoological Days (Protodays) is annualy organized by the Protozoological section of the Czech Society for Parasitology. The conference takes place every year in a different venue and for the next, nearly a jubilee year, we chose a beautiful chateau in Kostelec nad Černými lesy, not far from Prague and Kutná Hora.
Protodays are named after Otto Jírovec, a famous Czech parasitologist and protistologist, who has a huge part in establishing the studies of parasitology and protistology in former Czechoslovakia as well as in the establishment of the Protozoological Section of Czechoslovak Society for Parasitology in 1964. He focused mainly on trichomonads, toxoplasmosis, and discovered the cause of human pneumonia (PCP) - the parasitic fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii (then believed to be a protozoan).
Since 1969, the conference has been an opportunity for young scientists and students to present their research and results to broad scientific community and the international community of protistologists. In the last few years, the conference has gained popularity, and the number of participants increases each year. Last year the conference was attended by over one hundred experts from the Czech Republic and abroad from various important scientific institutions, institutes and universities, for example the Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, vvi, VFU Brno, BIOCEV, Biological Center of the Parasitology Institute AS CR, vvi, Science Faculties of leading Czech universities, as well as foreign scientific capacities from renowned institutions such as British University of Cambridge and Natural History Museum, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research or the Spanish Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona. The topics presented at the conference include areas such as cell and molecular biology, genomics, phylogeny and systematics, as well as parasitology, biochemistry, and evolutionary biology and include discoveries of significant new organisms, metabolic pathways of organisms important to our understanding of the origin and evolution of life, research on the causes of serious parasitic diseases such as malaria, sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, and many others, the development of their treatment and prevention.
Thanks to English as the main language at the conference and thanks to the growing interest of foreign colleagues, students and young scientists have the opportunity to establish valuable cooperation not only with numerous Czech protistological teams but also with major world scientific institutions.