EMBO Symposium “A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes” January 26-29, 2016

Just got this email announcement for this meeting from my Program Officer at the Moore Foundation. And I note – I checked out the invited speaker list and it looks very good and relatively well balanced in terms of gender diversity.


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With great enthusiasm I would like to share information about an upcoming EMBO Symposium on aquatic protist ecology and evolution stimulated by the completion of the Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP) and major milestones achieved by the Tara Oceans and Malaspina expeditions. The goal is to bring together the MMETSP, Tara Oceans, Malaspina, and well-established protist model systems communities. The Symposium will take place in Heidelberg, Germany from 26–29 January 2016.


Invited speakers include the following scientists whose specialties range from marine and freshwater microeukaryote ecology to studies of long-standing protist model systems such as Tetrahymena and Chlamydomonas:


The sessions are expected to be:

1. And You May Ask Yourself, “Well…How Did I Get Here?”: Biodiversity Patterns across Space and Time
2. Love–Hate Relationships: Intimate Interactions, from Trophic Interactions to Symbiosis
3. Weird and Wonderful Organelles and Symbionts—Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Beyond
4. Knock, Knock—Who’s There? Extracellular Signaling
5. Genetic Transportation: Causes and Consequences of Gene Exchange in Protists
6. Small Microbe, Big World: Microeukaryotes in Aquatic Ecosystems
7. Situation Normal, All Stressed Out
8. Evolutionary Tipping Points: How Do Protists Adapt?

The organizers will be selecting poster and additional oral presentations from the submitted abstracts. The abstract deadline is 22 October 2015, and the registration deadline is 3 December 2015.

Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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