IST European Section

The European Section of the IST is the oldest Section and traditionally has been able to draw on the large number of toxinology researchers working in the region, whose work often encompasses toxins from around the World, since Europe itself is not home to as many toxin producing fauna and flora as some other regions.

Current Office Bearers:
President: Prof. Juan Calvete, Valencia, Spain
Secretary: Assoc. Prof. Rob Harrison, LSTM Liverpool, UK

Past European Section Meetings:

1. Paris, France, October 1975
Organiser: P.Boquet
Proceedings: Venins et Toxins d´Origine Animale, Vegetale et Microbienne,
Bull.Inst.Pasteur 74, 1976.
2. Portoroz, Yugoslavia, September 1977
Organiser: F.Gubensek
Proceedings: Period.Biol. suppl.1, 1978
3. London, England, September 1978
Organiser: B.E.C.Banks
Proceedings: 3rd Symposium on Plant, Animal and Microbial Toxins (G.Habermehl and D.Mebs, eds.), THD Schriftenreihe Wissenschaft und Technik 14, 1979.
4. Marseille, France, June 1981
Organiser: H.Rochat
Proceedings: Toxicon 20, no.1, 1982.
5. Hannover, West-Germany, August 1983
Organisers: G.G.Habermehl and D.Mebs
Proceedings: Proc.of the 5th Eur.Symp.on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (D.Mebs and G.G.Habermehl, eds.), publ. by the European Section, Hannover, 1983.
6. Basel, Switzerland, August 1984
Organisers: K.Stocker, T.A.Freyvogel, J.Meier
Proceedings: Proc.of the 6th Eur.Symp.on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (J.Meier, K.Stocker, T.A.Freyvogel, eds.), publ. by the European Section, Basel, 1984.
7. Prague, Czechoslovakia, August, 1986
Organiser: F.Kornalik, H.Raskova, K.Masek
Proceedings:Proc.of the 6th Eur.Symp.on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (F.Kornalik and D.Mebs, eds.), publ. by the European Section, Prague, 1986.
8. Porec, Yugoslavia, September 1989
Organiser: F.Gubensek
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 28 , 141-170, 1990.
9. Lohusalu, Estonia, September 1990
Organiser: J.Siigur
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 29 , 279-299, 1991.
10. Paris, France, September 1992
Organisers: P.Boquet, A.Menez, J.Pusset
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 31 , 497- 540, 1993.
11. Arezzo, Italy, October 1993
Organiser: A.Grasso
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 32 , 381-410, 1994.
12. Basel, Switzerland, August 1996
Organiser: J.Meier
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon (in press, 1997).
13. London, UK, April 1998
Organiser: D Theakston
14. Stockholm, Sweden, October 2001
Organiser: H Persson
15. Brdo Estate, Kranj, Slovenia, June 2004
Organiser: F Gubensek & I Krizaj
16. University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, September 2008
Organiser: Prof. Jan Tytgat

17. Science Museum Principe Felipe, Valencia, Spain, September 2011
Organiser: Prof. Juan Calvete

Next Planned IST European Section Meeting

The next sectional meeting of the European Section of IST has yet to be determined, though should be in 2018, but the European Section is hosting the next IST World Congress in Oxford, UK, September 2015.

Most Recent IST European Section Meeting

The most recent meeting of the European Section of the IST was in Valencia, Spain, September 11-15, 2011. A wide variety of topics were covered, from venomous animal taxonomy to genomics and venomics, plus clinical toxinology sessions and a symposium on the CONCO Project. With so many presentations, the days were long, plus numerous posters to read. More details are available at a dedicated web site http://istmeetingvlc2011.ibv.csic.es/. About 280 members and other scientists attended this large, busy and successful meeting in a spectacular Science Museum building in sunny Valencia. The Society thanks all those involved in organising this meeting, especially Prof. Juan Calvete, for their hard work and commitment to making the meeting successful. Well done!