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Protists diversity and ecology in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems


2-3 December 2019


In collaboration with the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology of UniNE


Prof. Edward Mitchell, University of Neuchâtel


Dr Guillaume Lentendu, University of Neuchâtel


Dr Sara Santi, University of Neuchâtel



Thomas Posch, University of Zurich


Sarah Gray, Bersier Group, University of Fribourg


Stefan Geisen, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen (NL)


Guillaume Lentendu, University of Neuchâtel


Enrique Lara, Royal Botanical Garden, Madrid (E)


Florian Altermatt, EAWAG & University of Zurich


Sabine Agatha, University of Salzburg (A)


David Singer, University of São Paulo (BRA)


Bertrand Fournier, Haute école de viticulture et œnologie, Changins


Edward Mitchell, University of Neuchâtel


Alexandre Jousset, University of Utrecht (NL)


Francesco Pomati, EAWAG, Dübendorf



The objective of this course is to give an overview of protist diversity in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and their functional roles in microbial foodwebs. Talks will cover a range of ecosystems types (lakes, pitcher plants, agricultural soil, forests, etc.), methodological aspects for field work, lab and bioinformatics.



Six talks will be given by experts in protistology from Switzerland and abroad, over the course of this two-day workshop.


Participants are welcome to present posters, which can be presented in 3 minute presentations, and give talks (15 minutes). Posters will be displayed all day to allow ample time for discussion.


The second part of the workshop will be devoted to a practical session during which participants will have the opportunity to see examples of living and fixed protists and to discuss some methods used in their study. All participants are welcome to bring material or images of “mystery protists”. Please coordinate with the organisers.



Most updated program and abstract book available on the ORganismal Biology website!



University of Neuchâtel, CH




Full attendance and active participation


ECTS: 1.0 ECTS Active participation, 1.5 ECTS Active participation and poster presentation, 2.0 ECTS Active participation and short-talk presentation



For poster and short-talk sessions, please submit your abstracts before November 10, 2019 by sending it to .


Please specify if you wish to give a short-talk or bring a poster, and use the abstract template that you can download from the link below (max 250 words).


If you choose to bring a poster, you will have the chance to introduce it to the audience with a 3' flash-talk (one slide).



December 2-3 2019

8:55 to 18:00



University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des Sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail


/!\ Room changes!


  • Monday 2 December: - Morning: building G, room GPA (petit auditoire de chimie); - Afternoon: building D, room TP2 (D025-D030)
  • Tuesday 3 December: - Morning: building E, room E301-304 - Afternoon: building G, room GGA (grand auditoire de chimie) and room E301-304




Marta Bellone

@: [email protected]

Phone: +41 (0)26 300 88 91




PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets along with the reimbursement form to:


 Marta Bellone 

 Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution

 University of Fribourg

 Chemin du Musée, 10

 CH-1700 Fribourg


Collective lunches & coffee breaks are offered - No reimbursement of individual meal expenses



Registrations are centralized on the Organismal Biology doctoral program website! Link below


Registration is open until 17 November 2019!


Abstract submission deadine is 10 November 2019.




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