Daegu came out on top of its rival, Bangkok, in a significant win with Daegu securing the highest margin of votes in the congress’ history. The bid was part of a 18-month-long process.
ICOPA takes place every four years and is organised by the World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP), which studies parasites and the prevention and control of parasitic diseases.
The event in Daegu is expected to attract between 2,000 and 3,000 delegates.
The vote for the 2018 venue took place during the 13th ICOPA, held in Mexico City from 10-15 August.
This organisation has 100 societies in 60 countries, and its 50-year history includes a working relationship with the World Health Organization.
The win will help to bolster Daegu’s reputation as a Medi-City, which is home to the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Medical Cluster and the Korean Institute of Brain Science.
Daegu will also be hosting the International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress (ISES) for 2,000 delegates in November 2015; the World Conference on Acupuncture and Moxibustion for 1,500 delegates in June 2017; and the World Congress of the International Society for Education Through Art for 1,500 delegates in August 2017.