Mitigating single pathogen and co-infections that threaten amphibian biodiversity

24 Apr - 25 Apr 2019

Amphibians continue to experience worldwide declines and remain the most threatened vertebrate class. Nearly 30 years of research has shown that pathogens, in particular chytridiomycete fungi and ranaviruses, are responsible for infectious diseases that cause catastrophic population and host community declines on all continents where amphibians exist. While our understanding of the conditions required for amphibian-host decline has grown significantly, our ability to convert this knowledge into practical strategies for managing amphibian pathogens lags far behind. In contrast, the pathogens are moving quickly, and beginning to emerge as mixed infections, causing even greater declines.

This two-day symposium is the first international event to approach chytrids and ranaviruses as a combined threat to amphibians. It will drawn on key research communities, as well as on-the-ground conservationists, to aid the process of moving beyond single pathogen research and management, into managing mixed infections and potentially competing pathogens. Speakers will outline the conservation issues amphibians face and how disease figures in these, provide background on the threat posed by single versus mixed pathogen dynamics, and the outcomes of field mitigation strategies. This symposium will bring together the amphibian research and conservation communities to develop 21st century strategies for combating rapidly emerging mixed infections that are already threatening global amphibian biodiversity.

Call for posters

Applications to present a poster at the symposium should be made using the form below.  Proposals should be submitted by 30 March.

File Poster proposal form (15.52 KB)


REGISTER NOW (24-25 Apr 2019)




Attending this event

  • Registration is required to attend this event.  Bookings should be made via the above links on this page.
  • If you have any queries  please contact; tel 020 7449 6272


2 days: Full price £160
2 days: Discount price (for ZSL Members/Fellows and students) £80
1 day: Full price £100
1 day: discount price (for ZSL Members/Fellows and students) £50
  • Note that ZSL Fellows/Members discounts will be automatically applied at the payment stage
  • Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments
  • A symposium dinner will be held on 24 April, which needs to be booked separately.  Dinner costs £40 per person.


Trent Garner, Institute of Zoology, ZSL
Matthew Fisher, Imperial College London
Andy Fenton, University of Liverpool
Xavier Harrison, Institute of Zoology, ZSL


  • This symposium will take place in the Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY 

  • Nearest underground station: Camden Town

  • Nearest bus stop: Number 274

  • Please find further information on directions here