BSPB Meetings

British Society for Protist Biology (BSPB) Spring Meeting, 23-25 April 2014

The BSPB Spring Meeting 2014 will take place at Lancaster University, UK which is set in 360 acres of beautiful parkland and lies approximately three miles south of the City of Lancaster. The campus is easily accessible via road and rail, and is within 70 miles of Manchester's International Airport. The meeting opens on the Wednesday evening with a Plenary Lecture on the use of protists to investigate eukaryotic origins, given by Martin Embley. Two symposia then follow.

The first celebrates the distinguished career of Bland Finlay who, after 35 years of protistan research, has recently retired from his academic post at Queen Mary University of London. Speakers paying tribute to Blands contribution to protistan biodiversity, biogeography and ecology include Genoveva Estaban, Tom Fenchel, Stephen Maberly, Bill Martin and David Wilkinson.

The second symposium examines the evolution and ecology of flagellate protists within the guts of insects, with invited contributions from Rod Dillon (Sand fly), Petros Ligoxygakis (Drosophila), Eamonn Mallon (Bumblebee) and Renate Radek (Termites). The meeting also welcomes contributed papers on any aspect of protistology and is particularly keen to encourage student contributions. To this end, Student travel/accommodation bursaries are available, together with the Humphrey Smith Student Prizes for best oral and poster presentations.

Further information about the meeting can be found using the links below but important dates for your diary are:

Previous Meeting

Protists, other small organisms, and Next Generation Sequencing

Joint meeting between the BSPB and the Linnean Society, 10-12th of April 2013.

The joint BSPB - Linnaean Society Spring Meeting was held at the Natural History Museum in London. The main symposium was on 'Next Generation Sequencing'. Guest speakers included Christopher Quince (Computational Microbial Genomics Group, Glasgow University), Si Creer (School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University), Konrad Paszkiewicz (Wellcome Trust Biomedical Informatics Hub & Head of Exeter University Sequencing Service), Micah Dunthorn (Kaiserslautern University), and Dawn Field (Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics Group, NERC CEH).

Presentation slides from some of the talks are now available for download. See the Meeting abstracts page for links.

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