Protists diversity and ecology in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems - joint with CUSO EE

2-3 December 2019

In collaboration with CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution

Organiser: Prof. Edward Mitchell, Univesity of Neuchâtel


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.



Twelve 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 on December 3 (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.


Final Program (updated 14 November 2019)

Book of Abstracts (updated 19 November 2019)

Poster and short talks session: abstracts submission

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

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).


Abstract template (.docx)

General information

Date: 2-3 December 2019

Schedule: 8.55-18.00

Venue:  University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des Sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail - Please refer to the updated program.

  • 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

ECTS: 1.0 ECTS Active participation,1.5 ECTS Active participation and poster presentation, 2.0 ECTS Active participation and short-talk presentation (Scientific activities)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact Prof. Edward Mitchell or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Sara Santi

Registration fee: free

Meals: collective lunche & coffee breaks are offered - No reimbursement of individual meal expenses

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DPOB ): see reimbursement conditions. For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution: see CUSO E&E website

Make sure to sign the attendance sheet each and every day and to take your certificate of attendance at the end of the course (no certificate will be sent by mail)


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students, but registration is mandatory.
  • Post-docs and master students are welcome to participate as long as places are available - registration is mandatory.
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 people
  • Minimum number of participants: 15 people

Registration through the web only: Closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 50).

Deadline: November 17, 2019