Awards and Prizes

The Prof. William C. Campbell Postgraduate Award

In honour of his 2015 Nobel Laureate achievement the ISP have named its annual postgraduate award after Prof. William C. Campbell. This award is given each year to the postgraduate student who delivers the best presentation at our annual conference. The award of £/€250 is sponsored by Cambridge University Press, publishers of the journal Parasitology.

Follow the competition guidelines below –

Who: PhD student members of the Irish Society for Parasitology

What: One page containing: 300-word abstract, one figure, one figure legend

When: Deadline announced prior to annual meeting

Where: Email submissions with subject heading (The Prof. William C. Campbell Postgraduate Award), to irishsoc.parasitology@gmail.com


The JD Smyth/William C. Campbell ISP/BSP/BAVP annual conference travel awards

In recognition of the mentorship, inspiration and direction given to Prof. W.C. Campbell, Nobel Laureate, in his formative days at Trinity College Dublin by Prof. James Desmond Smyth, the ISP has opened its new award. The reward also recognises the important role that the British Society for Parasitology (BSP) and the British Association for Veterinary Parasitology (BAVP) have played in supporting parasitology in Ireland. 

Each year, this award will support two postgraduate members of the ISP to attend and present (talk or poster) at the annual meeting of the BSP or BAVP.  

Each year, this award will also support two postgraduate members of the BSP and/or BAVP to visit an Irish parasitology laboratory and/or the annual meeting of the ISP. 

Follow the competition guidelines below – 

Who: Postgraduate members of the Irish Society for Parasitology and/or British Society for Parasitology and/or British Association of Veterinary Parasitology

What: One page containing details of home and visiting laboratory

When: Deadline announced prior to annual meeting (value of £/€400)

Where: Email submissions with subject heading ( JD Smyth/William C. Campbell ISP/BSP/BAVP annual conference travel awards), to irishsoc.parasitology@gmail.com



ISP Shared Island Travel awards

Parasites don’t recognise borders, be they between counties or countries…and neither does the ISP! The shared island grants are offered to postgraduate and postdoctoral fellows who are members of the ISP and wish to visit another laboratory on the island of Ireland to enhance collaboration, learn techniques and/or promote parasitology is any other way. The ISP is particularly interested in supporting North-South parasitology interactions.

Follow the competition guidelines below –

Who: PhD students & postdoctoral fellows who are members of the Irish Society for Parasitology

What: Details of home laboratory, visiting laboratory and purpose of parasitology visit (1 page)

When: Annual and rolling (value of £/€150, maximum of 4 per year awarded)

Where: Email submissions with subject heading ( ISP Shared Island Travel awards ), to irishsoc.parasitology@gmail.com


ISP Parasite Photographic Competition 

Every year the ISP hosts a parasite photograph competition. Send in as many photos of your favourite parasite as you like! The best 12 photos will appear in the ISP Calendar for the following year. Also! The winner will win €100 and the much sought-after cover photo!

Who: all members of the Irish Society for Parasitology

What: Your favourite photograph of a parasite

When: annual deadline is mid-November

Where: Email submissions with subject heading ( ISP Parasite Photographic Competition ), to irishsoc.parasitology@gmail.com


The Prof. William C. Campbell Postgraduate Award

2021 recipient

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Signe Martin, PhD student at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

The disease status of velvet crab (Necora puber) in Galway Bay with a focus on the microparasite Paramarteilia sp.

Velvet crab are an important commercial species in Ireland with landings worth €419K in 2015. An apparent decline in velvet crab was reported in 2016 by fishermen in Galway Bay. We investigated the presence and prevalence of microparasites in velvet crab in Galway Bay over two years, as well as in several reservoir species. Velvet crab have currently been sampled from Galway Bay each month for one year. The parasites Paramarteilia sp. and Hematodinium sp. have been identified using histological preparations of velvet crab tissue. Of the crabs analysed so far, 52% have been positive for Paramarteilia sp., while 9% had a co-infection of both Hematodinium sp. and Paramarteilia sp. This project expands on the knowledge of velvet crab and microparasites. Findings from this study will contribute to the effective management of velvet crab fisheries in Ireland.

2019 recipient


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Paula Tierney, PhD student at Trinity College Dublin.

Release from parasites: invasive dace in Ireland are less parasitized than native brown trout and dace in its native European range

The enemy release hypothesis (ERH) posits that invasive species lose natural enemies like predators, competitors and parasites in the process of invasion, giving them an advantage over native species in the invaded range. We found that invasive dace (Leuciscus leuciscus) in Ireland had dramatically fewer helminth species than dace in its native range - three species and two unidentified taxa in Ireland compared to 24 in Britain and 84 in continental Europe. In Ireland, invasive dace were infected with fewer helminths than sympatric brown trout; dace had four helminth taxa at the core of their range and one at the invasion front while sympatric trout had 10 and eight, respectively. Dace had significantly fewer helminth species per fish and 82% of dace were uninfected compared to 11% of brown trout. These results support the hypotheses that invasive populations are less parasitized than native populations and that more recently established populations host fewer parasites.