This will be the 8th BioMalPar conference all of which have taken place at EMBL Heidelberg. However this meeting is sponsored by the European Network of Excellence, EVIMalaR. EVIMalaR is a new malaria research network that whilst distinct from BioMalPar seeks to continue some of the best BioMalPar initiatives, this meeting being one. EVIMalaR consists of 54 partner laboratories in 37 institutions from 10 European and from 5 principally African malaria endemic countries (Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, and Cameroon, and South Africa) and one Indian institute. The Australian Malaria Research Network also enjoys full membership. EVIMalaR also comprises 25 European and 1 African affiliated partners.
Created in October 2009, EVIMalaR was established and will perpetuate the original BioMalPar (which formally ended in September 2009) vision of forming a European-wide virtual institute, enhancing cohesion between its component research groups.
EVIMalaR also places a particular emphasis on its training role, and continues to support a high profile PhD scholarship, fellowships and travel awards. EVIMalaR aims also to ensure a broad dissemination of research results and enhance the public awareness through the implementation of a website www.evimalar.org and the organisation of annual conferences, training courses and meetings.