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January 26-29, 2016Heidelberg (Germany)

A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes

New discoveries about the unexpected lifestyles of aquatic microbial eukaryotes (protists) are advancing rapidly through the targeted exploration of cultured isolates and whole communities using molecular sequencing and imaging techniques in concert with evolutionary theory and geochemical analysis. Three major contributions to microeukaryote biology, ecology, and evolution that are catapulting the field forward are the Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP), the Tara Oceans Expeditions, and the Malaspina Expedition. Although these three efforts focused on marine organisms, they have provided an unprecedented wealth of new data to the broader protist ecology, evolution, biogeochemistry, and model system research communities. Moreover, these efforts are enabling development of new concepts about the interactions of protists with viruses, bacteria, and archaea.

The goal of the symposium is to increase the impact of the new knowledge generated from these unique datasets and to foster new collaborations among aquatic microbial ecologists, evolutionary biologists, oceanographers, limnologists, cell and molecular biologists, geneticists, and more. The objective is also to address 'What questions can we now ask because of the completion of the marine field campaigns and with the arrival of new technologies, methods, and concepts from all corners of the biological sciences?'

Key dates

3 December 2015. Registration deadline.

October 17-22, 2015San Feliu de Guíxols (Spain)

EMBO Eukaryotes 2015

Unicellular eukaryotes comprise the overwhelming majority of eukaryotic diversity, pervading all branches of the eukaryotic tree of life. Recent sequencing efforts have significantly increased the number and diversity of unicellular eukaryotes for which genomic/cellular/proteomic data is available. Metagenomics, transcriptomics, single- cell genomics, and other 'omics' approaches are being applied to unravel the ecology, physiology, diversity and evolution of microbial eukaryotes and are shedding light on fundamental questions such as the origin of the eukaryotic cell, endosymbiosis, the origin of multicellularity and the evolution of major cellular processes in eukaryotes.

This EMBO Conference will gather researchers focused on the diversity and evolution of different groups of microbial eukaryotes. They will present their latest results and discuss them in an informal environment where new ideas are likely to emerge from scientific interactions.

The EMBO Conference will be held at Hotel Eden Roc, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols from 17 October to 22 October. Sant Feliu is a small picturesque town situated on the northern Mediterranean coast of Spain, 120 km from Barcelona and 30 km from Girona. The hotel overlooks the sea and is located 1.5 km from the centre of Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

Key dates

15 August 2015. Registration deadline.

15 July 2015. Abstract submission deadline.

31 August 2015. Payment deadline.

October 19-21, 2015Ocean University of China, Institute of Evolution & Marine Biodiversity Qingdao (China)

Current Trends, Collaborations, and Future Directions in Biodiversity Studies of Ciliates

'Current Trends, Collabrations and Future Directions in Biodiversity Studies of Ciliates' will bring together participants from Chinese institutions with those from other countries. The workshop will focus on integrative research into biodiversity of ciliates, especially projects involving international collaboration.

A Workshop Presented By the International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates with Support from the National Science Foundation (US) andthe Natural Science Foundation of China

More information about the workshop, including support for travel of participants, can be found on our website at

Please contact Dr. Feng Gao or Dr. John Clamp if you have any specific questions or need a letter of invitation.

September 5-10, 2015Seville (Spain)

ISOP/ECOP 2015 (VII ECOP Congress) > Registration and Abstract submission are open now!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the next VII European Congress of Protistology, VII ECOP, which will be held on September 5 to 10, 2015 in Seville (Spain) hosted by the Specialized Group of Protistology (Grupo Especializado de Protistología, GEP) of Spanish Society of Microbiology (SEM). The Congress will be organized by the Federation of European Protistological Societies(FEPS) for the first time in partnership with the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP). Venues of the VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting will be the Hotel-Conference Center Silken Al-Andalus Palace and the Scientific Campus Reina Mercedes of the University of Seville. We are very much looking forward to hosting this major scientific event.

ECOP congresses take place every four years (last ones at Berlin 2011, Germany, and St. Petersburg 2007, Russia) and cover all aspects of the Protistology field. We expect that this first ECOP-ISOP joint congress will be an outstanding meeting point for protistologists worldwide to present their work and discuss their scientific achievements.

The format of the VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting includes plenary lectures, parallel symposia and workshops lectures and poster presentations. The Congress has been designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the latest research developments in different Protistological fields, from the molecular to the ecological ones. ISOP organized and generously supported two symposia and two plenary lectures. It is our pleasure to announce that Ross Waller, University of Cambridge (UK), will give the 2015 Hutner Award Lecture at the VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting.

Details of the meeting venues, speakers, registration fees, abstracts submission and hotel accommodation are posted on the Congress website

A special group rate at the Hotel-Conference Center Silken Al-Andalus Palace has been negotiated for VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting delegates. Further information on hotel room rates and how to book your accommodation is available on the Congress website.

We invite you to check the website regularly for updates. Notices in affiliated journals (European Journal of Protistology and Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology) and Societies websites will also be posted over the coming weeks.

Congress registration and Abstracts submission are now open!

Key dates

10th July 2015. Early registration and Abstracts submission deadline.

1th September 2015. Late (increased) registration deadline.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your colleagues in Seville!

Aurelio Serrano, President of the Local Organizing Committee

Eduardo Villalobo, Secretary of the Local Organizing Committee

August 3-8, 2014Banff, Alberta (Canada)


We are pleased to announce the 2014 joint ISOP/ISEP meeting in Banff Canada, August 3-8th. The official conference site, with program details and more, is now available:

Registration inormation is also available at

September 1-3, 2014London, UK

Dimensions of Biodiversity: New Standards for Documenting Biodiversity of Ciliates and Strategies for Accessing and Sharing Data

A workshop entitled Dimensions of Biodiversity: New Standards for Documenting Biodiversity of Ciliates and Strategies for Accessing and Sharing Data will be held at Royal Holloway (a constituent college of the University of London) on September 1-3, 2014. It is sponsored by the International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates (IRCN–BC), with the assistance of the British Society for Protist Biology.

This workshop will include invited participants from many countries and several scientific disciplines related to biodiversity. Three main themes will be covered: 1) determining new minimum requirements for documenting descriptions of new species and taxonomic revisions, with suggestions for documenting other sorts of biodiversity investigations; 2) a global survey of current studies of biodiversity of ciliates; and 3) storage and accession of biodiversity data—where to put it, how to submit it, and how to find it.

This workshop should be of interest to anyone interested in an integrative approach to investigating biodiversity of ciliates. Also, it should be relevant to workers on other groups of protists as well as persons who focus primarily on prokaryotes or multicellular eukaryotes that interact with ciliates in some way.

Watch for preliminary and final programs as well as a registration form. Lodging and food are available on-site at attractive rates, and there is no additional registration fee. The beautiful campus of Royal Holloway is located in the village of Egham, convenient to Heathrow Airport and near attractions such as Windsor Castle.

A flyer is also available.

September 8-12, 2014Poznan, Poland

International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA7)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you for the next International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA7) that will be organised on 8-12 of September 2014 in Poznan, Poland.

The symposium will be held in the conference auditorium of Poznan Archeological Museum located in the centre of Poznan Old Town. It will consist of two days of scientific sessions, one half-day trip around Poznan and half-day taxonomy workshop.

You will find the First Announcement and detailed information at ISTA7 web site: We are also on Facebook and Twitter

Hope to see you all in Poznan next year!

Best regards,

ISTA Organising Committee

November 13 - 15, 2014Seville, Spain


The 13th International Workshop on Opportunistic Protists is planned for November 13-15, 2014 in Seville, Spain by the organizing committee (Enrique Calderon, Chair; and Louis Weiss, Melanie Cushion, Elizabeth S. Didier, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales, Olga Matos, Tony Sinai, Lihua Xiao, Edna Kaneshiro, members)

We recommend you to do your booking in advance to secure your place at the host hotel, Hotel Sevilla Palmera.




The IWOP-13 organizers will make every effort to fit late submission (and "late-breaking data") into the limited space available in the program after the September 1, 2014 deadline. However, space in the program is not guaranteed after the deadline. To ensure your presentation is scheduled in an appropriate session in the program, and the abstract is printed in the program booklet, you must submit the abstract before the deadline.

6-9 April, 2014Cambridge, UK

The British Society for Parasitology Spring Meeting 2014 and Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis symposium

A major annual international meeting organised by the BSP, uniting all aspects of parasitology, spanning identification of new therapeutic modalities, genomics, disease mechanisms, control strategies, basic organismal biology, evolution and more. The meeting aims to provide opportunities for leading scientists, postdoctoral researchers and students from all disciplines that impact parasitology and to exchange ideas, to cross disiplines and to network.

Sessions will include drug design and approaches, genomics, control mechasnisms, cell biology, virulence, work in the field and more. Each session will feature an invited speaker, and all remaining oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. There will be ample scope for poster presentations, ad hoc workshops and roundtable discussions.

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is the seventh oldest university in the world, maintaining a global reputation for excellence in education and research. Located in the Fenlands to the east of England, the University boasts some of the finest medieval architecture in the world, and a rich cultural heritage with global impact.

Organisers:: Mark C. Field (University of Dundee and BSP), Owain Millington (University of Strathclyde and BSP)

Suggestions for session topics and workshops welcome. Further details will be announced on the BSP website (

19-24 January, 2014Concepcion, Chile

International Symposium on Foraminifera (FORAMS 2014)

The International Symposium on Foraminifera (FORAMS 2014) was held at the Main Campus of the University of Concepcion, in Concepcion, Chile on 19-24 January, 2014.

Papers covering a wide range of research topics were presented, including all aspects of foraminiferal biology, biostratiography, biogeography, ecology and paleoecology, paleoceanography, molecular evolution and systematics, and paleoclimatology.

The website is available at This website will be permanently updated. A facebook site is available at

July 28-August 3, 2013Vancouver, BC (Canada)


The International Congress of Protistology XIV (ICOP XIV) was held July 28-August 3, 2013, in Vancouver, Canada, and covered all aspects of the biology of eukaryotic algae, protozoa, and other microbial eukaryotes.

Meeting information can be found on the conference website:

ICOP_XIV postcard

July 7-12, 2013Steamboat Springs, CO (USA)

FASEB Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference

The 2013 FASEB Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference was be held July 7-12, 2013 at the Steamboat Grand Resort (Steamboat Springs, Colorado). Details and a full schedule are available at

October 1-4, 2012Rome, Italy

XXIX Congress of the Italian Society of Protistology onlus

The Italian Society of Protistology held its XXIX Congress 1-4 October, 2012. A program is available.

September 22-23, 2012Durham, NC (USA)

3rd Annual Meeting, North American Section

The International Society of Protistologists North American Section held its 3rd Annual Meeting 22-23 September, 2012, at North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC. The host and organizer was John Clamp, of NCCU.

September 19-22, 2012Durham, NC (USA)

Integrating the 3 Dimensions of Biodiversity: New Directions for Investigating Biodiversity of Ciliates

A workshop at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and North Carolina Central University, was held at Durham, NC on September 19-22, 2012. The workshop is sponsored by the International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates, a partnership between U.S. and Chinese researchers, and will include participants from many countries and all scientific disciplines related to biodiversity.

The International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates (IRCN–BC) is a joint project between U.S. and Chinese researchers that promotes multidisciplinary, integrative research on biodiversity of ciliated protists and fosters international cooperation in studies of biodiversity.  It welcomes participation by ANY researcher investigating ANY facet of biodiversity of ciliates or other protists as well as prokaryotes or multicellular eukaryotes that interact with ciliates in some way. 

Our goal is to attract a broad input of expertise, outlooks, and technical skills into collaborative research projects.  The IRCN–BC sponsors one major workshop or symposium each year and funds travel by researchers to participating laboratories for specialized training or research collaborations, to workshops, or to professional meetings. 

August 12-17, 2012Prague, Czech Republic

8th International Chrysophyte Symposium

The Eighth International Chrysophyte Symposium was held on August 12 - 17, at Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic. Meeting Website:

August 5-8, 2012Tarrytown, NY (USA)


The 12th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists was held August 5th to 9th 2012 in Tarrytown New York, USA. The venue was Tarrytown House Estate (, just outside of New York City).

July 29-August 3, 2012Oslo, Norway


Meeting details are available at

Congratulations to the Student Award Winners!

July 5-9, 2012Suzhou, China

IUBS 31st General Assembly

Meeting details are available at A booklet of proposed new projects is also available.

June 10-20, 2012Urbino, Italy

International School on Foraminifera

The International School on Foraminifera 5th Course was be held in Urbino, Italy on June 10-20, 2012.

This ten-day intensive course is specifically designed to provide an overview of the Taxonomy, Ecology, Biodiversity, and Geological History of Foraminifera. The course is intended for students interested in Micropalaeontology, Paleoceanography, Paleoecology, Climate History, and industrial applications. The course structure consists of morning lectures and afternoon microscope sessions.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Frontalini Fabrizio
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, della Vita e dell'Ambiente (DiSTeVA)
Facoltà di Scienze e Tecnologie
Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo"
Campus Scientifico, Località Crocicchia, 61029 Urbino (Italy)
Tel: (+39) 0722 304309 Fax: (+39) 0722 304220
Mobile phone: (+39) 3928457666

March 23-25, 2012Amherst, Massachusetts (USA)

Lynn Margulis Symposium-A Life in Science: in Memory and Celebration

The University of Massachusetts, in collaboration with the family and friends of Lynn Margulis (1938-2011), held a Symposium, March 23-25, 2012, celebrating her life and work. More information is available at

October 15-20, 2011Sant Feliux, Spain

Comparative genomics of eukaryotic microorganisms: understanding the complexity of diversity

The EMBO conference on Comparative Genomics of Eukaryotic Microorganisms was held in San Feliu de Guixols, Spain, 15-22 October 2011 (see Website:

This conference addressed the big evolutionary questions of what makes a eukaryote, how multicellularity arose, the evolution of reproduction, pathogenesis, and so on. Lineages of the Eukaryotic Tree of Life (TOL) that until now received only moderate attention, such as the Excavates, Archaeoplastids, Amoebozoa and Choanozoa, were discussed, together with the better studied Chromalveolates and Fungi.

The conference was organized by Teun Boekhout (, Amparo Querol and Ed Louis

October 10-15, 2011Rose Hall Beach, Jamaica

Free Living Amoebae Meeting 2011

The University of the West Indies organized the XIVth International Meeting on the Biology and Pathogenicity of Free Living Amoebae (called FLAM 2011) in Montego Bay at the Iberostar from 10th-15th October 2011. Meeting information is available at

October 9-12, 2011Minneapolis, MN (USA)

GSA 2011: Cushman Session

The Cushman Foundation sponsored a Topical Session at the 2011 Geological Society of America Annual meeting. The session, entitled "Frontiers in Foraminiferal Research: Implications for Interpreting the Past, Understanding the Present, and Predicting the Future", was co-convened by Pamela Hallock (University of South Florida, and Susan T. Goldstein (University of Georgia, A full announcement of the session is available.

October 3-6, 2011Jeju Island, Korea

1st Asian Congress of Protistology & 8th Asian Conference of Ciliate Biology

The 1st Asian Congress of Protistology (ACOP) & 8th Asian Conference of Ciliate Biology was held in the picturesque Jeju Island, Korea from October 3 to October 6, 2011.

The discipline of protistology is becoming increasingly active in Asia, but before now the only conferences in this area have focused on ciliate biology. ACOP 2011 covered all areas of protistology including molecular biology, biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, systematics, phylogeny, parasitology, and informatics.

Programme details, abstract submission and registration are on the congress website

September 14-16, 2011Torremolinos-Malaga, Spain

BioMicroWorld 2011

BioMicroWorld2011 was a multi-disciplinary forum that will bring together active researches involved in environmental, industrial and applied microbiology with the aim of communicating current research priorities and progress in the field, and identifying new approaches and research opportunities in applied microbiology.

Information about the meeting is available at

July 25-29, 2011Berlin, Germany

VI European Congress of Protistology

The VI European Congress of Protistology (ECOP) was held in Berlin, Germany from July 25 - 29, 2011. Programs, photos and the like can be found at

July 13-22, 2011Urbino, Italy

The International School on Foraminifera, 4th Course, was held on July 13-22, 2011 in Urbino (Italy). This ten-day intensive course is specifically designed to provide an overview of the Taxonomy, Ecology, Biodiversity, and Geological History of Foraminifera. The course is intended for students interested in Micropalaeontology, Palaeoceanography, Palaeoecology, Climate History, and industrial applications. The course structure consists of morning lectures and afternoon microscope sessions.

For more information about the course, please contact:
Dr. Frontalini Fabrizio
Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Uomo, dell'Ambiente e della Natura
Facoltà di Scienze e Tecnologie
Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo"
Campus Scientifico, Località Crocicchia, 61029 Urbino (Italy) or
Tel: (+39) 0722 304254 Fax: (+39) 0722 304220
Mobile phone: (+39) 3928457666

July 13-16, 2011Seattle, Washington (USA)

2011 PSA-ISOP Annual Meeting

The international Society of Protistologists met jointly with the Phycological Society of America in on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Tim Nelson of Seattle Pacific University served as the local host.

June 26-30, 2011Geneva, Switzerland

4th Congress of the European Microbiologists (FEMS 2011)

Full meeting details may be found at

April 8-12, 2011Woods Hole, Massachusetts (USA)

Kinetoplastid Molecular Cell Biology Meeting

Meeting site:

The biennial KMCB Meeting provides a forum for discussion of the Molecular Cell Biology of Trypanosomes, Leishmania, and related model organisms, without restrictions on attendance. Researchers whose primary focus is on pathogenesis and drug development are also welcome.

September 5-10, 2010Bonn, Germany

FORAMS 2010 - International Symposium on Foraminifera

In about two years, the next International Symposium on Foraminifera, FORAMS 2010 will be held in the city of Bonn, Germany. The meeting is a follow-up to the very successful meetings previously held in Halifax (Benthos'75), Pau (Benthos'81), Geneva (Benthos'86), Sendai (Benthos'90), Berkeley (Forams'94), Monterrey (Forams'98), Perth (Forams 2002), and Natal (FORAMS 2006).

Presentations on any aspect of foraminiferal biology, paleontology, biostratigraphy, systematics, biogeography, ecology and paleoecology, oceanography and paleoceanography, molecular evolution, climatology and paleoclimatology, and macro/micro evolutionary studies are welcome.

If you wish to participate in FORAMS 2010 and present a paper or if you need more information and want to receive future updates, please use our Pre-registration Form on the Website to pre-register for the International Symposium on Foraminifera, FORAMS 2010. While pre-registration is not required, it will help meeting organizers anticipate attendance. Pre-registration will also assure that you're kept up-to-date about logistical details as more information becomes available. It will help us in planning better the symposium. Please visit the main website periodically for any further information about FORAMS 2010.


Main Building of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn, Germany.

Details and preliminary information for the meeting will be available at the FORAMS 2010 website: Please bookmark this site and include the event on your Calendars. The Website will be regularly updated.

The FORAMS 2010 Flyer can be downloaded directly from our website, Please use it to advertise the event in your institution!

Important dates to Remember:

Deadline for abstracts: April 30, 2010 (submissions will be open online early on 2009)

Registration: from July 2009 to April 30, 2010 (all contributors have to be registered by this date).

August 15-20, 2010Melbourne, Australia


The website is at

For more information, please contact Terry Spithill (Program Coordinator- ICOPA XII Organising Committee)

August 1-5, 2010Hilo, Hawaii (USA)


IWOP-11 (International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists) was held Aug 1-5, 2010, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in Hilo, Hawaii. Abstracts for the meeting are available.

July 18-24, 2010Canterbury, UK


The 60th annual meeting of the International Society of Protistologists was held jointly with the British Society of Protist Biology 18-23 July 2010, in Canterbury, England. The conference Website, including an abstract book, is available. Winners of the student presentation awards have been announced.

July 2-7, 2010Kanazawa City, Japan


The 18th Meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP XVIII), was held on 2-7 July in 2010 at the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art in Kanazawa City, Japan.

June 28-July 12, 2010Appledore Island, Maine (USA)


The microbial world dominates the biosphere in terms of biomass, diversity, and metabolic flexibility. This course is designed to introduce students to collecting,observing, and identifying live representatives of these fascinating microbial organisms including bacteria, protists, fungi, and microscopic animals. Students will be instructed in the taxonomy and ecology of the basic groups of micro-organisms while learning to collect them in the field for observation, experimentation and culturing. Field observations will be emphasized along with the proper use of light microscopes. Modern molecular methods including Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization will also be taught. SML is an ideal location for a course of this type due to the many habitats available including marine coastal environments, intertidal environments, and hundreds of small ponds of varying salinity, nutrient status, and oxygenation.

For complete details, please see the course announcement.

June 5-6, 2010Lexington, VA (USA)

Second North American Section Meeting

The North American Section meeting was held at the Virginia Military Institute in historic Lexington, VA on Saturday June 5 from 9:00 to 5:00, and on Sunday June 6 from 9:00 - noon.

April 17-21, 2010Cambridge, UK

Working with Parasite Database Resources

This workshop was taught as part of a collaboration between the Pathogen Genomics Group (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK), the Eukaryotic Pathogen Bioinformatics Resource Center (University of Georgia and University of Pennsylvania, US), and the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (US). This residential workshop aims to provide experimental biologists with hands-on experience in genomic-scale data analysis, including genome browsers and comparison tools, methods for data integration, and resources for sophisticated data mining.

For registration and additional information (including scholarships) please visit

April 7-16, 2010Urbino, Italy

International School on Foraminifera

The 3rd Course on Foraminifera is designed to provide an overview of the Taxonomy, Ecology, Biodiversity and Geological History of Benthic and Planktonic Foraminifera. This intensive course is intended for students interested in Micropalaeontology, Palaeoceanography, Palaecology, and Climate History. The aim is to provide a primer on the study foraminifera and examples of how foraminifera can be used as palaeoenvironmental and palaeoceanographical proxies. We review the current classification schemes of the foraminifera, discuss Ecology and Life History, review their usefulness for Biostratigraphical applications, and use case studies to investigate the geological history of the group with lab sessions.

Two distinct courses were held: Benthic Foraminiferal Course (7-11 April) and Planktonic Foraminiferal Course (12-16 April).

For complete meeting details, please see the course announcement.

March 29-April 1, 2010Cardiff, UK

Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis Seminar

A conference organised by the British Society for Parasitology

Convenors: Graham Coombs (Strathclyde), Karen Grant (Lancaster). For further information visit the British Society for Parasitology website:

September 14-17, 2009Montbéliard, France

5th International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA-5)

Research on testate amoebae has been increasing exponentially in recent years. This is due largely to the fact that the analysis of testate amoebae is now a common tool in palaeoecological studies where they provide information on past changes in hydrology and other environmental conditions.Recent research has also shown that testate amoebae also play a very important role in the cycling of elements in terrestrial ecosystems and potentially interact closely with vascular plants in the rhizophere. Molecular methods are finally becoming available to study the phylogeny and taxonomy of testate amoebae, and help resolve long-standing debates on their diversity and biogeography.

More information about the meeting is available at

August 23-28, 2009Armação dos Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


This meeting featured symposia on Pneumocystis, the ecology of free-living protists, anaerobic protists, biodiversity and molecular phylogeny, signaling and behavior/cell-cell interaction/developmental biology, secretion/endocytosis, genomics/proteomics/ metabolomics, symbiosis and evolution, structure and function of organelles, free-living relatives of parasitic protozoa (an ISOP-sponsored symposium), opportunistic protists, and zoonotic protozoa at the human-wildlife-domestic interface.

Meeting details are being posted at the conference Website,

Plenary Lectures

A list of scheduled symposia (Microsoft Word file), a preliminary schedule (Microsoft Excel file), and the schedule of the Special Symposium on Trypanosoma cruzi (Word file) are available.

June 11-13, 2009Bristol, Rhode Island (USA)

First North American Section ISOP Meeting

The ISOP- North American Section held its first meeting at Roger Williams University (RWU), Bristol, Rhode Island, June 11-13, 2009. The meeting was sponsored by the International Society of Protistologists and Roger Williams University.

A full program with abstracts is available.

Meeting report

Congratulations to the student award winners:

Oral presentations

Tie for first

Matthew Browne, University of Arkansas
The phylogeny of the “forgotten” slime mold Fonticula alba reveals a key evolutionary position within Opisthokonta

Donald Schoener, University of Conneticut
Turnover of photosynthetic pigments in a mixotrophic ciliate

Third place

Daniel Lahr, University of Massachusetts
Evolution of the actin gene family in lobose testate amoebae

Poster presentations

First place

Justin Schumacher and Stephanie Canton, University of Rhode Island
An orthologue of the protozoan vaccine candidate phosphoprotein p0 in Tetrahymena thermophila

Second place

Mark Byrne, Salve Regina University
Efficient use of real-time PCR to determine Ld LIP3 transcript copy number in Leishmania promastigotes

Third place

Sheila A. Kitchen, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
An electrophysiological investigation of Karenia brevis

February 3-7, 2009Lucknow, India

4th World Congress on Leishmaniasis (WL4)

Lucknow (India) hosted the IVth World Congress on Leishmaniasis. The previous Congresses were been held in Istanbul, Crete & Sicily.

Kindly go online at to look for details about the conference.

July 21-26, 2008Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)

2008 ISOP/ISEP Meeting

The 2008 annual meeting of the International Society of Protistologists was held jointly with the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Visit for information about the meeting, including conference photos.

July 13-18, 2008Il Ciocco, Italy

3rd Gordon Research Conference on Marine Microbes (Diversity and Interactions)

The conference included plenary lectures, discussions and poster sessions. A preliminary program for the conference is available, including an outline for the plenary lectures and discussions.

June 23-27, 2008New London, Connecticut (USA)

Seventh International Chrysophyte Symposium

The Seventh International Chrysophyte Symposium was held during the week of June 23, 2008 at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, U.S.A. The three to four day symposium brought together experts from around the world representing a broad spectrum of disciplines. Although the overriding theme of the symposium will focus on chrysophytes in a broad sense, there were also significant contributions representing allied heterokont groups and an infusion of ideas from other fields.

For more details, please visit the meeting Website at

June 4-6, 2008Seville, Spain

First Spanish-French Meeting on Protistology

On behalf of Grupo Especializado de Protistologia, Sociedad Española de Microbiologia and Groupment de Protistologues de Langue Française, we have the pleasure to announce you the conjoint celebration in 2008 of their respective meetings. The gathering, tentatively called First Spanish-French Meeting on Protistology, was held in Seville (South of Spain), from 4th to 6th June. The aim of this meeting was to promote Protistology in Europe through scientific exchange.

For further information, please visit

Hope to see you in Sevilla,
Eduardo Villalobo, President of the Organizing Committee

May 28-31, 2008Boston, Massachusetts (USA)

X International Workshop on Opportunistic Protists (IWOP-10)

Meeting information available at

New for March 2008: Symposium details

May 12-16, 2008Taoyuan, Taiwan

Fourth International Conference on Anaerobic Protists (ICAP IV)

Dear colleagues and friends:

The Fourth International Conference on Anaerobic Protists (ICAP IV) in 2008 was on the theme "Systems Biology of Anaerobic Protists". The conference was held at Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan, from 12 to 16 May 2008. Further details are available on the ICAP IV website:

Petrus Tang
Conference Chair, ICAP IV
Associate Director, Bioinformatics Center, Chang Gung University.
259 Wen-hwa 1st Rd., Kweishan, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan

September 2-7, 2007Faro, Portugal

10th Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology (SAME10)

The 10th Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology (SAME10) was held from 2nd to 7th September 2007 at Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal.

All information including program as well as registration and abstract submission is available on the official same10 website:

August 5-9, 2007Providence, RI, USA

2007 ISOP/PSA Meeting

Complete meeting program now available!

The 2007 annual meeting of the International Society of Protistologists was held jointly with the Phycological Society of America at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island.

The program included a Joint ISOP-PSA symposium on symbiosis, an ISOP symposium entitled Biogeochemical Cycling: the Protist Connection, the invited ISOP Hutner lecture by Per Juel Hansen, a Past President's address, and two platform sessions (Protists and the Molecular and Informatics Revolution, and Drug Targets in Parasitic Protists.)

Information about the scientific program is also available on the PSA Website (

For questions about the meeting, contact local organizer Glen Thursby (

July 23-27, 2007St. Petersburg, Russia

V European Congress of Protistology and XI European Conference of Ciliate Biology

Meeting Website:

July 21-26, 2007Tucson, AZ, USA

FASEB Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference

Meeting Website at

July 15-19, 2007Montreal, Canada

11th International Congress of Toxicology

Meeting Website at

June 24-28, 2007Halifax, NS (Canada)

SMBE 2007

The 2007 annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE), co-hosted by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, was held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

More information about the conference is available online at the SMBE website ( or directly via Dalhousie University (

June 10-14, 2007Lexington, Kentucky (USA)

International Symposium on Ectoparasites of Pets / Livestock Insect Workers Conference

A combined meeting of the International Symposium on Ectoparasites of Pets and the Livestock Insect Workers Conference was held in Lexington, Kentucky (USA), June 10-14, 2007.

This meeting offered a unique opportunity for parasitologists, entomologists, veterinarians, clinicians, researchers, industry representatives, and others interested in arthropods affecting companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) and domestic animals (beef, dairy, poultry, sheep, etc.). Research presentations will span basic biology, ecology, host-parasite interactions, disease transmission, zoonoses, medications, insecticides, etc.

For further information, go to the ISEP/LIWC conference website at or contact Dr. Fred Knapp, Dept. of Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091, phone 859-257-8989 (fax 859-323-1120), or

April 26-27, 2007New York, NY, USA

Small Matters: Microbes and their Role in Conservation

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation's Twelfth Annual Symposium, American Museum of Natural History

Meeting Website at

Symposium Theme: Microscopic organisms comprise the majority of life on Earth--and we are discovering more all the time. They play a multitude of roles in every ecosystem. While recent attention has focused on microbial involvement in spreading disease, many microorganisms are beneficial or even crucial to the sustainability of life; and yet they may be threatened by human-induced environmental change. This symposium brings together microbiologists and conservationists to raise the profile of these unseen organisms and stress the critical need to include microbes in conservation research and resource planning.

Speakers will address the broad questions of how much microbial diversity exists on the planet; how this diversity affects other organisms, both positively and negatively; and how conservation practices take microbial life into account?

Podcasts and other information from the conference are available on the Symposium Website.

February 6-7, 2007Delhi, India

International Symposium on Ciliate Biology

An International Symposium on Ciliate Biology was hosted by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, a constituent college of University of Delhi, Delhi, India, on 06-07 Feb, 2007. It was being supported by various Indian government agencies.

Visit the symposium website at for further details. Abstracts are available.

For more information contact the conference secretariat:
Dr. Komal Kamra
Organizing Secretary, ISCB, 2007
Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
INDIA,, and

September 10-15, 2006Natal, Brazil

Forams 2006

Meeting Website

FORAMS 2006 was held in the city of Natal on 10 - 15 September 2006. and included presentations on foraminiferal systematics, biology, paleontology, stratigraphy, biogeography, ecology and paleoecology, oceanography and paleoceanography, climatology and paleoclimatology, and evolutionary studies.

August 4-10 2006Vienna, Austria

Fifth International Symbiosis Society Congress

The Fifth International Symbiosis Society Congress was held for the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria from August 4 - 10, 2006. Featured keynote speakers included Margaret McFall-Ngai, Lynn Margulis, Colleen Cavanaugh, Todd Lajeunesse, Luis Villareal, et al. The meeting Website is at

August 2006Glasgow, Scotland

Congress of Parasitology, ICOPA XI

The International Congress of Parasitology, ICOPA XI was held in Glasgow, Scotland in August 2006. The meeting Website is at


Congress of Parasitology, ICOPA XI Flyer (PDF)

August 1-5, 2006Wroclaw, Poland


Meeting Website at

The 16th Meeting of the Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP 16) took place in Wroclaw, Poland, August 1-5, 2006.


July 23-28, 2006Biddeford, ME

2006 Gordon Conference on Marine Microbes

Meeting Website at

The Chairs have created a flyer to announce the meeting. Click here to download/view it.

June 20-24, 2006Hotel Villa Rica, Lisbon, Portugal

ISOP and IWOP-9 (International Workshop on Opportunistic Protists)

Meeting Website


Minutes of the Executive Committee and Business meetings of the Society, held at this meeting, are available (Microsoft Word documents). An open letter to the membership from the Society President, Wilhelm Foissner, can be found here.


June 6-8 2006Troy, NY

13th East Coast Protozoology Meeting

Meeting Website

The 13th meeting of the East Coast Section of the International Society of Protistologists was held June 6-8, 2006 at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.


March 11-19, 2006Senegal and The Gambia

Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006

KINETOPLASTID DISEASES 2006 - Starts on Saturday March 11th, 2006 in Dakar, Senegal

Meeting Details are on the Internet:

Anthony F. England, Ph.D.
Grote Rozenstraat 76B
9712 TJ Groningen
The Netherlands
Tel -- +31 50 313 0292
E-mail --
Mangosteen Home Page --

February 20-24, 2006Honolulu, Hawaii

ASLO/AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting

Organizers: Alexandra Z. Worden and Fabrice Not
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science,
University of Miami,
4600 Rickenbacker Cswy.,
Miami, FL, 33149 USA

For general meeting information go to:

October 2-7, 2005Monterey, California, USA

Third Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S.

The Third Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S. took place at the Asilomar conference grounds in California, October 2-7, 2005. The main symposium webpage is at
Supported by FASEB and European Science

For further information, please contact Judy Kleindinst,

September 5-9 2005Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic

XIth International Meeting on the Biology and Pathogenicity of Free-Living Amoebae

The address of the meeting is:
Web site :
Dr. Iva Dykova - email address ( organized the meeting.

August 3-8, 2005Il Ciocco, Lucca, Italy

Ciliate Molecular Biology

Supported by FASEB and European Science

July 10-15 2005Guangzhou, China


Organized by the International Commission on Protozoology and the Chinese Protozoological Society

July 18th - 22nd 2005Scotland UK

6th International Crustacean Congress (ICC6)

Dr Douglas M. Neil ( organized the meeting.
Web site of the 6th International Crustacean Congress (ICC6)

June 3-5, 2005Richmond, Virginia

12th East Coast Conference on Protozoology

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Read the meeting report

Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting are available.

The organism, the genome, the environment and the host response


April 10-15, 2005Terrasini, Sicily (Italy)

WorldLeish III

3rd International Congress on Leishmania and Leishmaniosis (=Leishmaniasis) was held at Palermo - Terrasini, Sicily (Italy) from April 10 to 15, 2005. See websites: and for details.

March 7-10, 2005Baltimore, Maryland

GEOHAB Open Science Meeting on HABs and Eutrophication

More information about the meeting can be found at the following website:

January 30th - February 3 2005Melbourne, Australia


International Society of Evolutionary Protistology
The University of Melbourne

September 13th 2004 London, United Kingdom

Evolution of Protozoa and Other Protists

Joint Meeting of Linnean Society, British Section of the Society of Protozoologists, and the Systematics Association

June 2-6, 2004Rhode Island

2004 Annual Meeting of the Society of Protozoologists

Download the Minutes-business meeting MSWord document.

Download 56th annual meeting MSWord document.

April 24 2004University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

36th Annual Midwest Protozoology Meeting

Suzanne McCutcheon (312-413-9027) and Howard Buhse organized the meeting.

Octubre 1-3 2003La Paz Bolivia

XVI Congreso Latinoamericano de Parasitologia FLAP 2003

La Paz Bolivia - Sede Hotel Radisson. Place: at The Hotel Radisson. Pagina Web
Website of Secretariot
Casilla 446 La Paz Bolivia, Postal address 446 La Paz Bolivia, Telefono / Fax (591-2)2227184
Dr. Rene Angles Presidente FLAP

August 31-Sept 5th 2003Italy, San Benedetto del Tronto

4th European Congress of Protistology together with the 10th European Conference on Ciliate Biology

4th European Congress of Protistology together with the 10th European Conference on Ciliate Biology took place in Italy August 31-Sept 5th 2003, San Benedetto del Tronto, (AP), Hotel Calabresi Congress Center (On the Adriatic coast of Italy - nearest airport Ancona). Information at the site:

June 6-8 2003University of Maryland Baltimore County

11th East Coast Protozoology Conference

Meeting summary (also available in PDF format).

June 8-9 2002Montgomery College

10th East Coast Protozoology Conference

A summary of the meeting can be found at

June 14-19 2003Salishan Resort, Oregon Coast

SOP 55th Annual Meeting/Phycological Society of America

The 55th annual meeting for the Society of Protozoologists (SP) will be a joint meeting with the Phycological Society of America. Salishan Resort on the Oregon Coast
The meeting website is

June 23 - 25 2003Copenhagen

International Congress on Toxoplasma

Biology, Clinical Practice and Public Health

The Congress can be accessed at
Website of Secretariot
Casilla 446 La Paz Bolivia, Postal address 446 La Paz Bolivia, Telefono / Fax (591-2)2227184
Dr. Rene Angles Presidente FLAP

July 4-6 2003Iasi Romania

International Congress of Parasitology

In memoriam Professor Dr. Ernest M. Ungureanu will be held in Iasi Romania. Secretariat of the Congress can be contacted at: 2AOastei Str,sc.A, apt 6,Iasi 6600, Romania. Tel: 0040.232.213.593 Fax:

July 25-29 2003Hilo, Hawaii, USA

III International Workshops On Opportunistic Protists (IWOP-8) and International Conference On Anaerobic Protists (ICAP)

June 9-10 2001Bryant College, Smithfield, Rhode Island USA

9th East Coast Protozoology Conference

Read the Summary Report, 9th East Coast Protozoology Conference.

July 15 2001Salzburg, Austria


Minutes of the Society Executive Committee and the General Membership meetings, held during this conference, are available.