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History of the HFP meetings

A first series of Euresco conferences on “Human Fungal Pathogens” funded by the European Science foundation were organized in Spain (Grenada, 1999); Austria (Seefeld, 2001) and, France (Giens, 2003) by Angel Dominguez (Salamanca, Spain), Joachim F. Ernst (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Alistair Brown (Aberdeen, UK). In 2005, the first FEBS Advanced Lecture Course on Human Fungal Pathogens, HFP2005, was organized in La Colle sur Loup. It was chaired by Christophe d’Enfert and co-chaired by Anita Sil and Steffen Rupp. Since then, this meeting took place every two years, chaired or co-chaired by Christophe d’Enfert, Anita Sil, Steffen Rupp, Carol Munro, Alex Andrianopoulos, Jessica Quintin, Patrick Van Dijck, Ana Traven, Oliver Kurzai and Guilhem Janbon. Over the years, the course has been attended by 165-210 participants, including 105-125 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows and 28-33 lecturers. Consistently, the courses were rated very highly by almost all participants and there was a strong demand for the continuation of this conference format on a bi-annual basis. These HPF meetings were all held in La Colle sur Loup in May, allowing international students and postdocs to meet the most prominent scientists in the field during 5 days in the South France. This meeting has become a classic and some former students at HFP courses are now PIs and still come back at each edition. As stated by one member of our Scientific Advisory Board, this course “has become one of the unifying activities in the field bringing together investigators of different fields of fungal pathogenesis from abroad with those in Europe”.

Please find below the group photo from the Human Fungal Pathogens meetings over the years, starting with the three Euresco conferences:

ERC-HFP1999 (Grenada, Spain)

ERC-HFP2001 (Seefeld, Autria)

ERC-HFP2003 (Giens, France)

HFP2005 (La Colle sur Loup, France)

HFP2007 (La Colle sur Loup, France) (we are still looking for a version with better resolution)

HFP2009 (La Colle sur Loup, France)

HFP2011 (La Colle sur Loup, France) ((we are still looking for a version with better resolution)

HFP2013 (La Colle sur Loup, France)

HFP2015 (La Colle sur Loup, France)

HFP2017 (La Colle sur Loup, France)

HFP2019 (La Colle sur Loup, France)

HFP2022 (La Colle sur Loup, France)

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