It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 13th International Symposium on Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases (ISTTBD-XIII) in Weimar. This symposium series was organized for the first time in 1991 after the fall of the Iron Curtain as the “International Potsdam Symposium on Tick-borne Diseases” and has since been a meeting ground for scientists studying ticks and tick-borne diseases from the East and West in an informal setting. The symposium took place biannually until 2013 and we have been very happy to be able to organize it again this year under the auspices of the German Society for Parasitology (DGP) in the beautiful city of Weimar.
The city of Weimar has as many as three entries in the UNESCO's World Heritage List: Classical Weimar fronting 16 buildings and architectural ensembles, most of which are within walking distance of the Leonardo Hotel, three Bauhaus buildings and the Memory of the World, which contains handwritten manuscripts of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. We do hope that you find time to visit some of these sites.
We are pleased with the large number of delegates from over 30 countries that will present their research at ISTTBD-XIII and would also like to thank the sponsors for their generous support. We are eagerly looking forward to three days of exciting presentations and discussions and hope that all of you will have a successful and pleasant meeting.
Dr. Olaf Kahl,
tick-radar GmbH, Managing Editor of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Prof. Dr. Ard Nijhof,
Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Prof. (a.D.) Dr. Jochen Süss,
Brehm-Gedenkstätte Renthendorf, Editor-in-Chief of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases.