From parasites to plankton and back: comparative biology and ecology of apicomplexans and dinoflagellates


Due to the current health situation, the conference is postponed (date to be determined)


To attend the conferences Jacques Monod, an abstract submission is mandatory,

Registrations request without abstract submission will not be processed, except in specific

cases (i. g. for Publishers : please contact chairperson).


Chairperson: Ross Frederick Waller

Department of Biochemistry University of Cambridge Hopkins Building, Tennis Court Road Cambridge, CB2 1QW United Kingdom

Phone: +44(0)1223 766057



Vice-chairperson: Laure Guillou

Station Biologique de Roscoff, Place Georges Teissier, 29680 Roscoff. France

Phone: +33 (0)6 67 97 24 73



Apicomplexans (including chromerids and colpodellids) and dinoflagellates (including perkinsids and Syndiniales) represent two major sister lineages of unicellular myzozoan eukaryotes that are heavily studied due to their importance in symbiotic associations, either as mutualistic or parasitic symbionts. The symbiotic associations that they represent include: ancient and recently gained endosymbiotic organelles; beneficial associations with marine animals, such as corals and other protists; and parasitic associations that cause disease in humans and animals as well as play important roles in controlling large algal bloom events. The research communities that study these two important lineages seldom meet, however, due to their general focus on either human/animal parasitic disease, or the biology and ecology of aquatic systems, respectively. Yet both lineages are derived from a common ancestor and maintain many unique cellular traits including those for their versatility of trophic modes, facility to form symbioses, and strategy for host penetration, feeding and invasion. Plastid (chloroplast) retention and derived mitochondrial genome biology and biochemistry are hallmarks of these lineages, and both display singular mitosis and cytokinesis. Moreover, well-developed or nascent genetic transformation tools for experimental investigations are available in each lineage providing new opportunities for exploring common and divergent biological traits. This meeting aims to bring together researchers broadly representing both fields to facilitate discussion, sharing and collaboration across these diverse yet related, fascinating and important biological systems. The meeting will span: 1) the taxonomic diversity of Myzozoa, including phylogenies, new lineages, and species concepts; 2) life cycle, organelle and genome evolution; 3) adaptations for symbiotic/parasitic interactions; 4) ecological studies, including epidemiological/modelling approaches, 5) and emerging research tools development. With recent advances in genomic resources, experimental tools, and global sampling methods, it is very timely to foster interaction to maximise the benefits for comparative biology across and within such important eukaryotic groups.



Applications submission

Registration fee (including board and lodging)

470 € for PhD students
700 € for other participants

Application for registration   details here :
The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should deposit on line :

- their curriculum vitae
- the proof of their student status
- the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
- the abstract of their presentation:

The abstract must respect the following template: TemplateResumeFile
- First line: title
- Second line: list of authors. Presenting author underlined
- Third line: author's addresses
- Fourth line: e-mail of the presenting author
Abstracts should be no longer than an A4 page and preferably be submitted in Times New Roman, font size 10 pts. No figures. ".docx" file format.

After deadline, the organizers will select the participants. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.


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