Dear Colleagues: 

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee and the International Organizing committee, I am pleased to announce that the Fourteenth International Symposium on Human Chlamydial Infections will be held at Woudschoten in Zeist, The Netherlands, July 1st – 6th , 2018.


This Symposium will cover all the roles chlamydiae play in human and (zoonotic) animal infections. Researchers, clinicians, policymakers, specialists, and students in the fields of sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health, infectious disease, trachoma, public health, microbiology, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, and behavioural science will be able to share their ideas and experiences at this meeting. The Symposium will cover translational research in the field of clinical practice and research in chlamydial biology, laboratory detection, public health epidemiology, and sexual behaviour, and more basic research in the areas of cell biology, molecular biology, bacterial and host genetics, and genomics and immunology.


The programme will feature invited internationally esteemed reviewers and will ensure a state-of-art, and cutting-edge Symposium. As in all previous ISHCI meetings participation in the Symposium is dependent on the acceptance of a submitted 4 page abstract (mini-article).


Woudschoten is located in the green heart of the Netherlands in the woods. In 1932, the Dutch Christian Student Association (NCSV) started using the stylish main building of the Woudschoten estate as a conference centre. The NCSV was an organisation that provided students looking for more depth to their studies with conferences and summer camps on relevant topics. Currently, it is an internationally recognized and state of the art Congress Center.


Some important dates:

  • The website will be online from the 1st of July 2017, exactly 1 year ahead of the meeting. You will all receive an e-mail to pre-register for further updates of the ISHCI 2018
  • Abstract deadline will be January 22th, 2018
  • Abstract notification will be on March 1st, 2018
  • Registration will take place between March 1st and April 5th, 2018 incl. early registration


We are looking forward to a unique meeting in an environment which will enhance interaction and collaborations between participants and we hope to see you in The Netherlands in July 2018.

Prof. Servaas Morré, PhD (Chair) 

Prof. Henry de Vries, MD, PhD (Co-Chair) 

Sander Ouburg, PhD (Co-Chair) 

About ISHCI 2018 

The International Symposium on Human Chlamydial Infections will offer a high quality scientific meeting covering all aspects in the field of chlamydia research.

Welcome to Holland! 

Read more about the history of Holland here: the love-hate relationship between its people and its waters, its monarchy, its Royal Family and more facts, figures and did-you-knows about Holland.

Jurjen Drenth


Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands. A city with an unparalleled vitality. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums for days on end.


Woudschoten Hotel & Conference Centre in Zeist is the inspirational location for your congresses, conferences and courses. Woudschoten is beautifully located on a 45-hectare estate right in the centre of the Netherlands, and is provided with all the facilities required for successful meetings.


You can download the programme here.

Submit session suggestions

If you have a session suggestion for the ISHCI 2018 meeting please let us know and click here.


Session suggestion deadline: 10 November 2017


Submission opens: 20 November 2017


Abstract deadline: 22 January 2018


Abstract notification: 1 March 2018


Registration deadline: 1 March - 5 April 2018

(incl. early registration)


If you would like to receive information on the current symposium or future symposia in this series, please send an email to us.

Conference secretariat

Klinkhamer Group | meeting services

Maastricht, the Netherlands


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