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 Columbia University (USA). Her major interest is the genomics and molecular genetics of cilliates   (biology.columbia.edu/people/landweber)  .




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 and symposia speakers

Virginia Edgcomb
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA, past president of ISOP
Susanne Menden-Deuer
University of Rhode Island, USA, 2015 Hutner awardee
 Joel Dacks
 University of Alberta, Canada, 2016 Hutner awardee

Symposium: 70 years of protistology

 Alastair Simpson

 Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

 Roberto Docampo
 University of Georgia, Athens, USA
 Diana Stoecker

 University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, USA

David Caron
University of Southern California Dornsife, Los Angeles, USA

Symposium: Deciphering the activity and function of protists in the environment using single-cell ecophysiology approaches

Organizers/Chairs: Johan Decelle and Fabrice Not

Fabrice Not
CNRS, UPMC Station Biologique de Roscoff, France 




Johan Decelle
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research,
Department of Isotope Bioeochemistry, Leipzig, Germany




Benjamin Twining
Bigelow Laboratory of Ocean Science, USA 





Lars Behrendt
ETH Zurich, Switzerland 





Purificación Lopez-Garcia
Evolution and Systematics Laboratory ESE, University Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France




Symposium: The eukaryome, bringing protists into the spotlight of microbiome research

Organizers/Chairs: Javier del Campo (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada & Institut de Ciències del Mar -CSIC-, Barcelona, Spain) and Laura Parfrey.

Pauline Scanlan
University College Cork, Ireland





Julius Lukeš
Institute of Parasitology - Biology Centre CAS, České Budějovice, Czech Republic




 Laura W. Pafrey
 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada





Michael Grigg
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA