Plenary speakers


Jiří Vávra
Professor emeritus at the Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and Parasitological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His main group of interest are Microsporidia.



 Alexandra Worden
Senior Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (USA). Her major interest is marine microbial ecology (www.mbari.org/worden-alexandra-z).



Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo
Professor at the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (University of Barcelona, Spain). His major interest is the evolution of multicellularity in Metazoa (www.multicellgenome.com).



William Martin
Professor at the Heinrich Heine University (Düsseldorf, Germany). His major interest is the evolution of eukaryotes and their organelles, and the origin of life (www.molevol.hhu.de/prof-dr-w-f-martin.html).



Andrew Roger
Professor at the Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada). His major interest is the eukaryotic phylogeny, genomics, and the evolution of organelles (www.rogerlab.biochemistryandmolecularbiology.dal.ca/).



Geoff McFadden
Professor at the University of Melbourne (Australia). His major interest is the relict plastid in Apicomplexa, and malaria parasites in general (www.fad.macmate.me/McFadden_Lab/Geoff_McFadden.html).



Thomas Cavalier-Smith
Professor emeritus at the University of Oxford (UK). His major interest is the eukaryotic phylogeny and cellular evolution (www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/people/view/cavaliersmith_t.htm).



Laura Landweber
Professor at the Princeton University (USA). Her major interest is the genomics and molecular genetics of cilliates (www.princeton.edu/~lfl/).




Thomas Weisse
Senior scientist at the Research Institute for Limnology (University of Innsbruck, Austria). His major interest is the microbial diversity and ecology of aquatic ecosystems (www.uibk.ac.at/limno/personnel/weisse/).



ICOP keynote speakers

Virginia Edgcomb
Susanne Menden-Deuer
 Joel Dacks
 Alastair Simpson
 Roberto Docampo
 Diana Stoecker
David Caron