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Welcome note

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the 17th International Congress on Toxoplasmosis in Berlin.

We are delighted that you found your way to this exciting city and will join us for 4 days of great science! We are aware that we have some pretty big shoes to fill since the first Toxoplasma meeting in 1990. Since then, the interest in Toxoplasma gondii as an important pathogen and exciting model organism to study fundamental principles of biology has continuously grown.

The International Congress on Toxoplasmosis is an integral event for our field as it unites a global community of students, young researchers and established leaders. In line with tradition, this conference will cover all aspects of Toxoplasma research, ranging from molecular biology to clinical disease and epidemiology—and thus we hope will spark interdisciplinary interactions. We expect up to 250 participants from around the world, many of whom will have the opportunity to present their latest work in short talks, turbo talks or posters.

Apart from scientific presentations, we look forward to many stimulating discussions and networking opportunities. As in previous years, ToxoXVII will be preceded by two workshops from special interest groups - those keeping an eye on the oocyst stage (3rd Environmental Toxoplasmosis Workshop), and the big data scientists participating in and running the ToxoDB workshop (who are an invaluable asset to our community!).

Berlin is a terrific place to come together, discuss great science - and then party (after the conference finished, of course!). We have made every effort to make it affordable and enjoyable at the same time. We hope to see many of you in May 2024 in Berlin!

The Toxo XVII Organizing Committee