Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, the Serbian Society for Parasitology and the European Federation of Parasitologists (EFP), it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 13th European Multicolloquium of Parasitology, which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, 25-29 August 2020.

Changes the world is currently going through, including climate change, migrations of both people and animals, and change in food habits, all favour the persistence of parasitic infections at the global level as well as their re-emergence.

We tried to capture this in the motto of EMOP 2020. Moreover, this will be reflected in the exciting program on the latest discoveries and technological developments, tackling major current global issues such as Climate change and parasite re-emergence, Migrations and parasites, Food and Water-borne parasitology, the One Health approach to fight parasitic diseases. In addition, the geographical position of Serbia, at the crossroads of the East and the West, and of mediterranean and continental Europe, makes it natural for the region of South East Europe to be under the spotlight. The interdisciplinary conference will focus on human and animal health, but also on other fields in which parasites may be a challenge such as agri- and aquaculture, food technology and food industry.

The upcoming EMOP will be a major conference in the field, of interest to scientists and practitioners but also to industry partners such as pharmaceutical companies, medical laboratory equipment and reagent manufacturers, as well as publishing houses.

A hub of all regional activities, the city of Belgrade will be a perfect host: easy to reach, no visa required for most countries, and great value-for-money, which is particularly important for young researchers from all over.

To top this off, Belgrade has always been called a friendly city where people know good time. So come join colleagues and friends, old and new, learn, socialize, and enjoy!

Looking forward to seeing you in Belgrade at EMOP XIII in August 2020.

Olgica Djurkovic-Djakovic
President of the EMOP 2020 Organizing Committee