Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the next VII European Congress of Protistology, VII ECOP, which will be held on September 5 to 10, 2015 in Seville (Spain) hosted by the Specialized Group of Protistology (Grupo Especializado de Protistología, GEP) of Spanish Society of Microbiology (SEM). The Congress will be organized by the Federation of European Protistological Societies(FEPS) for the first time in partnership with the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP). Venues of the VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting will be the Hotel-Conference Center Silken Al-Andalus Palace and the Scientific Campus Reina Mercedes of the University of Seville. We are very much looking forward to hosting this major scientific event.

ECOP congresses take place every four years (last ones at Berlin 2011, Germany, and St. Petersburg 2007, Russia) and cover all aspects of the Protistology field. We expect that this first ECOP-ISOP joint congress will be an outstanding meeting point for protistologists worldwide to present their work and discuss their scientific achievements.

The format of the VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting includes plenary lectures, parallel symposia and workshops lectures and poster presentations. The Congress has been designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the latest research developments in different Protistological fields, from the molecular to the ecological ones. ISOP organized and generously supported two symposia and two plenary lectures. It is our pleasure to announce that Ross Waller, University of Cambridge (UK), will give the 2015 Hutner Award Lecture at the VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting.

Details of the meeting venues, speakers, registration fees, abstracts submission and hotel accommodation are posted on the Congress website

A special group rate at the Hotel-Conference Center Silken Al-Andalus Palace has been negotiated for VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting delegates. Further information on hotel room rates and how to book your accommodation is available on the Congress website.

We invite you to check the website regularly for updates. Notices in affiliated journals (European Journal of Protistology and Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology) and Societies websites will also be posted over the coming weeks.

Congress registration and Abstracts submission are now open!

Key dates

1th July 2015. Early registration and Abstracts submission deadline.

1th September 2015. Late (increased) registration deadline.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your colleagues in Seville!

Aurelio Serrano, President of the Local Organizing Committee

Eduardo Villalobo, Secretary of the Local Organizing Committee