Venoms, poisons and toxins – evolution and impact of amazing molecules:

This meeting series focused largely on venoms in the past; the 2019 meeting, however, will also include plant and bacterial toxins. Two of our main aims are to allow ample time for discussion and to encourage the formation of new networks as well as re-invigorating established collaborations. The meeting will feature:

  • Multiple podium sessions with oral presentations by an international faculty of senior & junior researchers (see confirmed speakers)
  • Keynote talks by Professor Dietrich Mebs (Germany), Professor Juan Calvete (Spain) and Professor Alan Harvey (UK)
  • The Hamish Ogston Foundation Lecture by Professor José María Gutiérrez (Costa Rica)
  • A session entitled “INSPIRATION, INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT IN SNAKE-BITE RESEARCH” at which representatives of organizations that recently announced large funding awards in this field will explain their programmes
  • Posters and flash talks by a selection of poster presenters
  • Trade exhibition
  • Several hours of excellent networking opportunities in a relaxed and friendly environment

We are delighted that Professor Alan Harvey will receive a life-time achievement award at this symposium. He is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (UK), was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Toxicon until 2017 and President of the International Society on Toxinology until 2015.  Read more about Professor Harvey here.

Our key priority scientific areas for this meeting include:

  • New techniques for analysing venoms and antidotes (venomics, antivenomics)
  • Clinical toxinology: novel treatments for victims of envenoming (small molecular weight venom enzyme inhibitors and novel antivenom designs)
  • Biological interface: evolution of venoms; new venomous taxa; habits of venomous animals that bring them into contact with humans; conservation of toxifauna and toxiflora
  • Neuropharmacology and neurophysiology
  • Plant toxins, including mushroom poisoning
  • Bacterial toxins, including cyanobacteria

We are now accepting oral and poster abstracts, and particularly encourage final year doctoral students and early/mid career postdoctoral researchers/junior group leaders to submit oral abstracts (now closed, but it is still possible to submit poster abstracts), as we believe this event will provide their research excellent exposure, critical analysis by attending senior researchers and new career opportunities. Please use this Abstract Template if you are submitting an abstract and send it by email to