Protistology UK's second joint annual meeting with the Microbiology Society (MS) will take place from

Monday 30th of March to Friday 3rd of April 2020 at the Edinburgh International Convention Centre (EICC), in Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). - CANCELLED


P-UK and the Eukaryotic Division of the MS are organising the full day symposium Exploring the eukaryotic tree of life on Thursday the 2nd of April afternoon and Friday the 3rd of April morning.

In the scope of the new UK initiative “Darwin Tree of Life Project”, which is part of the “Earth BioGenome Project”, this session will explore protist and fungi diversity, discuss which branches of the eukaryotic tree of life have been over- or underestimated based on recent metagenomics data, and which regions have been undersampled to explore and discover potentially new branches of the eukaryotic tree.

P-UK will also offer, for the first time, a workshop:

The journey from wet lab to computer: exploring bioinformatics tools to analyse (microbial) eukaryotic genomes on Friday the 3rd of April in the afternoon.

In this workshop, we will discuss with the help of Anna Karnkowska, Martin Kolisko, and Tom Williams the challenges presented by analysis of microbial eukaryotic genomes and deal with best practice approaches for de novo eukaryotic genome assembly, annotation, and subsequent comparative and phylogenomic analyses.


Of particular interest for protistologists:

  • The dynamic (parasite) cell, on Friday the 3rd of April, with a focus on eukaryotes;

  • Starve the livestock pathogen, feed the world on Thursday the 2nd of April, a mixed session on eukaryotes, bacteria and viruses.

Early Bird registration ends on the 3rd of March 2020. Registration closes on 27th of March 2020.

Head to the MS website for more details. 

To make full use of the benefits of our relationship with the Microbiology Society, we encourage you to subscribe to the joint membership of P-UK and the MS.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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