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AUTUMN MEETING 2022

01-02 December 2022

Natural History Museum London

The overall conference theme is under the umbrella of recognising the value of core methodologies and their complement to modern techniques in protist research, with the first day a celebration of John Dolan’s career. 

Recorded talks from the Dolan's career celebration during the 2022 Autumn meeting of the Protistology-UK can be found here.

Programme

Thursday, 1st December 2022

10:00 -12:00 

12:00-12:25 

12:25

12:30-13:30

12:30

12:45

13:00

13:15

13:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 16:30

Registration and networking (with refreshments)

Lunch

Welcome from Protistology-UK president

Session 1: Marine systems and protist diversity

  Lucie BITTNER - Challenges to decipher drivers of genetic differentiation in marine planktonic populations. Are we ready for protist population metagenomics?

  Michael CUNLIFFE - Marine protist plankton parasites – insights from isolation and experiments in understanding their ecological impact.

  Galina PROKOPCHUK - Survival kit: the flexible lifestyle of marine diplonemids.

  Aditee MITRA - From obscurity to centre stage; the role of system dynamics modelling in progressing marine protist plankton science.

Refreshments

Celebration for John Dolan's retirement

  Wayne COATS - A man walked up to a microscope

  Richard SNYDER - Finding buoyancy, balance, and beauty in planktonic complexity

  Virginia EDGCOMB - A view of a man through his Instagram

  David MONTAGNES - "Maybe if people started to listen, history would stop repeating itself" (Lily Tomlin)

  John DOLAN - From Philosophical Transactions to Frontiers: a meander through 345 years of publishing on protists

Celebratory Drinks

Conference dinner at the Strathmore Hotel

16:30 - 17:30

19:00

Friday, 2nd December 2022

9:00

9:15-10:15 

9:15

9:30

9:45

10:00

10:15-10:45

10:45 - 12:15

10:45

11:00

11:15

11:30

11:45

11:50

11:55

12:00

12:05

12:10

12:15

12:30 -13:30

13:30 -15:00

13:30

13:45

14:00

14:15

14:30

14:35

14:40

14:45

14:50

14:55

15:00 -15:15

15:15 -16:15

16:30

Welcome

Session 2

  Adam LARSON - A complex cytoplasm enables inflation-based motility in a non-motile dinoflagellate.

  Ellen NISBET - Evolving a non-photosynthetic dinoflagellate in the laboratory.

  Girish BEEDESSEE - Novel nuclear proteins in dinoflagellates mediate the highly compacted liquid-like state of dinoflagellate chromosomes.

  Isabel NIMMO - Establishment of genetic modification tools in the dinoflagellate Amphidinium carterae.

Refreshments

Session 3

  Sara CHELAGHMA - Apical annuli are essential exocytic sites in the apicomplexan parasite  Toxoplasma gondii.

  Tsvetoslav GEORGIEV - The Soil Protist Communities of St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean.

  Elisa GIAMMARINI - The impact of heavy metals on multitrophic interactions in the soil microbiome: how soil pollution influences amoebic predation and bacterial interactions.

  Anaísa MORENO - High-efficiency transfection of Acanthamoeba castellanii using a cationic polymer.

  Sonja RUECKERT - Gregarine apicomplexan research: the old, the new, and the future.

  Kevin MCKINLEY - A non-lethal method of gregarine apicomplexan identification in the freshwater amphipod Gammarus pulex.

  Anthony Allan CARDOSO - Establishing an in-vitro culturing system for apicomplexan gregarines.

  Qiongqiong DAI - How does Toxoplasma manipulate its host cells via secreted parasite proteins?

  Melanie DUC - Exo-erythrocytic stages of avian Parahaemoproteus (Haemosporida, Apicomplexa) protists: how we study their diversity.

  Daniel MEDNÉZ-SÁNCHEZ - (pre-recorded) Unveiling the diversity of Odontostomatea using 18S rRNA sequences and morphology.

  Gaytha LANGLOIS - (pre-recorded) The importance of long-term microbial ecosystem studies as a basis for mitigation strategies and environmental policymaking.

Lunch

Session 4

  Kristina PROKINA - Morphological and phylogenetic observations of Agogonia voluta gen. et sp. nov. and Ophirina chinija sp. nov. shed light into the evolution of the deepest jakobid branch.

  Alexey SMIRNOV - A long way of the genus Thecochaos (Amoebozoa, Thecamoebida) - from ancient stained preparation in NHM collection to molecular phylogeny and NGS sequencing.

  Patrick HOOPER - Changes in diversity and function of protists in Arctic cyanobacterial microbial mat communities.

  Jana PILÁTOVÁ - Protist biocrystallization in the spotlight or Raman microspectroscopy.

  Richard DORRELL - An evaluation of the phylogenetic and spatial distribution of vitamin B12-dependent metabolism across the algal tree of life.

  Helen POWLEY - Coccolithophores as predators: integrating system dynamics with hydrodynamic-biogeochemical  modelling to study impact of mixoplanktonic coccolithophores on ecosystem functioning.

  Luciana SANTOFERRARA - Diversity and phylogenetic partitioning of ciliated protists across 1,000 m in the Sargasso Sea.

  Aidan PIERCE - How Does Multi-Level Selection Impact Stable Genome Sizes in Endosymbionts?

  Hazel FARTHING - Determining the stage-specific thermal effects on the fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

  William LEWIS - Transfer of protein translocation machinery from haptophyte endosymbionts to Kareniaceae hosts supports complex red plastid evolution by serial.

Refreshments

Panel discussion and wrap-up

Departure

Abstract submission

NEW! Abstracts booklet available here.

DEADLINE for abstract submission is the 5th November 2022

Please submit your abstract to Protistology UK.

Sample abstract can be found here.

Please note: Title in Bold, Institutional affiliations, then summary, max 300 words.

In your submission, please indicate preference for offered talk (15 minutes) or lightning talk (3 minutes). Please also indicate if your talk is specifically on marine systems and protist diversity.

Registration

NEW! How to get there - details here.

Registrations are now open here!

Early bird (before 14th November 2022)

Non-students

Students

Presence

£ 120

£ 60

Online

£ 10

£ 10

After 14th November 2022

Non-students

Students

Presence

£ 170

£ 110

Online

£ 25

£ 25

Meals

The conference registration includes refreshment breaks, lunch, and drinks reception, but not dinners.

Conference dinner:  £40. 

Please note that the conference dinner limited to 40 people due to venue size, so please register early for availability.

Hotels

If you plan to attend in person, consider booking a hotel as soon as possible. Here is a list of more affordable hotels for those on a small budget.

There is an ongoing possibility of strikes by transport workers, so you might want to book a hotel that is not too far from the Natural History Museum.

Travel support

Student/Postdoc TRAVEL support (up to £100 per person within the UK  and £200 outside of the UK) is available from ISOP. To obtain support, please make a case for your needs, including:

  1. All your travel costs by the lowest possible means (e.g. rail tickets with a student discount) – accommodation and food are not supported.

  2. A brief statement of support from your supervisor or other similar figure (e.g., an ISOP member) that indicates your needs.

  3. A statement that you are an ISOP member. To become a member see here.

Please send this information by email to David Montagnes (Chair of the ISOP Awards committee) by 5th of November 2022late applications will be rejected.  

 

Awards will be judged based on a needs basis and will be limited by the funds available.  Announcements of awards will be made in early November.

Visa letters

Can be supplied by Dr Alan Warren (NHM) or through P-UK.

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