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Scientific Programme


The scientific programme will cover all aspects of protozoology including ecology, morphology, physiology, taxonomy, parasitology and molecular biology.


We have invited outstanding speakers for plenary talks covering diverse aspects of protistology (the program will be updated continuously).


Posters will be shown during all coffee breaks and 2-minutes introductions will be given in a session. A poster prize for the best 3 posters will be awarded and will be voted by all conference attendees. A Best Student Talk prize will also be awarded and is eligible only to students presenting their Bachelor, Master thesis or PHD students presenting their results and is voted by a society committee. Students who give an oral presentation and wish to apply for this prize must indicate their application with the registration.


This year, young scientists are invited to join a pre-conference workshop on the biology and determination of protists

The workshop will take place in the Biocenter of the University of Cologne (15 minutes walk from the guesthouse, see map below) and will start on Tuesday 27th February at 9.00 until 17.00 o'clock. It will be organized by Frank Nitsche, Kenneth Dumack and Hartmut Arndt.

We will offer three different topics, of which two can be chosen. Lunch will take place at the University Mensa. 

All equipment will be provided but you can bring samples if you like.


Topic 1 

Introduction to the preparation and analysis of protists using electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) (Frank Nitsche)


Topic 2

Introduction to the diversity and morphology of amoeboid protists  (Kenneth Dumack)


Topic 3

Introduction to the diversity and morphology of flagellated protists (Hartmut Arndt)


A registration for the pre-conference workshop together with the registration is necessary.



The costs are 20 € per student and 70 € per post-docs and senior scientists (incl. accommodation from Monday to Tuesday and meals)


Biocenter University of Cologne

Conference Schedule

The schedule will be updated continuously, the final program will be available here mid of February 2018.



Social Events

Social Evening

Date: 1st March


Time: starting at 7.30 pm
Costs: included in conference fee



The social event will take place at the Restaurant of Zoologischer Garten Köln in Köln Niehl.



Guided City Tour

There will be the possibility for a guided tour that will be offered on request on Wednesday late afternoon after the last talk of the conference (if enough participants are interested). We plan a guided tour through the restored historical part of the old city which will show you the most important and impressive points of interest of Roman and medieval times.