Welcome Message

Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the hosting societies, the Danish Society for Parasitology (DSP) and the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology (SBSP), we look forward to welcoming you all to the next main event of the World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP), the fifteenth in the series of International Congresses of Parasitology – ICOPA XV, ICOPAnhagen, in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21-26 August 2022.

An ICOPA congress has never before been held in the Nordic region, where parasitology thrives based on a long and rich history. Copenhagen, an urban European location that is easy to reach, is attractive to participants from all over the world. Copenhagen has repeatedly been ranked as one of the world’s most popular convention cities. The reasons include easy accessibility and efficient transport infrastructure, safety and cleanliness, and a wide selection of hotels and restaurants.

We are confident that ICOPAnhagen will have a high scientific impact and become a memorable experience to all participants from around the globe – an ICOPA to remember. The theme “Living with Parasites” covers parasitology sensu lato and brings it closer to everyday life. We emphasize an exciting and high-quality scientific program, diversity and inclusion, and transparency and professionalism in the organizing. The COVID-19 pandemic encouraged us to make the event hybrid – enabling attending both on-site in Copenhagen and virtually online – which makes the event even more inclusive.

Dear colleagues, together, let us make ICOPAnhagen an ICOPA to remember!

Pikka Jokelainen
President of SBSP
1st Vice-President of WFP

Lars Hviid
President of DSP


Dear parasitologists, colleagues from medicine, veterinary medicine, and other sciences,

It is my great pleasure to invite all of you to attend ICOPA2022 which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, during 21-26 August 2022. ICOPA is the official academic event of the World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP) and one of the biggest highlights in parasitology where we can meet friends and colleagues, seek scientific collaboration, and get inspired and motivated to continue our research and practice in parasitology and parasitic diseases.

In December 2019, I was invited to Copenhagen by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). I met important people there and visited the Congress venue. The venue was wonderful, equipped with the most updated multiple facilities and nice surroundings. Now the LOC has established a strong program committee and is teamed with a strong international scientific board in order to prepare excellent scientific as well as social programs and events. What we need now is your participation, your research paper presentation, and your support to inspire your colleagues and students to join ICOPA2022.

We are still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic in many parts of the world. However, I strongly hope that the problem of COVID-19 will be solved very soon, and our Congress will be very successful. See you all in Copenhagen!


Jong-Yil Chai
President, World Federation of Parasitologists