ECOP Congresses

FEPS Congresses


The European Congresses of Protistology (ECOP) are the most visible activities of FEPS.


As one of the largest congresses in Europe dealing with all aspects of protists biology (from molecular to ecological topics) and featuring up to approx. 400 attendees, the ECOP Congresses provide a platform for international scientific exchange and showcase the newest  scientific achievements in the many and diverse fields of protistology. The Congress comprises plenary lectures presented by outstanding scientists, a range of subject-specific symposia to provide the latest updates in different areas of protists research, extensive poster communications, and other activities (e.g. arts and science). The Congress is held each four years in countries that have a Constituent Society of FEPS.

Some ECOP congresses were held jointly with the European Conference on Ciliate Biology.


The 2015 VII ECOP Congress will be held in Seville (Spain) early September 2015 (September 5 to 10), hosted by the Specialized Group of Protistology (Grupo Especializado de Protistología, GEP) of the Spanish Society of Microbiology (SEM). The congress venues will be at the Hotel-Conference Center Silken Al-Andalus Palace and the Scientific Campus “Reina Mercedes” of the University of Seville.  

The VII ECOP congress will be organized for the first time as a joint meeting in partnership with The International Society of Protistologists (ISOP). This will be a very special occasion, so we cordially invite you to participate in this big event for protistologists worldwide. In this regard we must thank the initial contacts with ISOP conducted by Thomas Weisse during the last ISOP Congress held in Vancouver. After a first round of initial contacts, negotiations have been established with ISOP for organizing this joint conference.

Updated information on this joint meeting will be uploaded at due time to the renovated webpage of FEPS, and announcements will be published in European Journal of Protistology and other protistological and generalists journals.

A preliminary version of logo for the joint ECOP-ISOP meeting, prepared by Juan Carlos  Gutiérrez, in which various figures of protists are integrated among the stars of the European flag, is presented.

A Local Organizing Committee comprising a number of members of GEP and other Spanish protistologists has been set up. Current President of GEP is Prof. Dr. Ana Martín, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (, and Dr. Aurelio Serrano, current General Secretary of  FEPS, is a member of the GEP council.

Local Organizing Committee

Aurelio Serrano, CSIC-Universidad de Sevilla (President)

Eduardo Villalobo, Universidad de Sevilla (Secretary)

José Manuel Bautista, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Ángeles Cid, Universidad de A Coruña

Emilio Fernández, Universidad de Córdoba

Francisco Gamarro, CSIC, Granada

Rosario Gómez-García, Stanford University, USA, and ABENGOA Research, Sevilla

Juan C.  Gutiérrez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Ana M. Martín-González, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Ramon Massana, CSIC, Barcelona

Jose R.  Pérez-Castiñeira, Universidad de Sevilla

Luis M.  Ruiz-Pérez, CSIC, Granada

Antonio Torres, Universidad de Sevilla

Federico Valverde, CSIC-Universidad de Sevilla

A first announcement of the VII ECOP-ISOP joint meeting has been published early 2014 in the European Journal of Prostistology and the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology.

VIIECOP-ISOP FirstAnnoucement EJOP Jan 2014


The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology Announcement



Past ECOP Congresses were held in:


1992 Reading (United Kingdom)

1st European Congress of Protozoology


1995 Clermont-Ferrand (France)

 2nd European Congress of Protistology and 8th European Conference on Ciliate Biology

Abstracts 2nd European Congress of Protistology and 8th European Conference on Ciliate Biology, First page, EJOP 31_402


1999 Helsingør (Denmark)

III European Congress of Protistology and IX  European Conference on Ciliate Biology


2003 San Benedetto del Tronto, AP (Italy)

4th European Congress of Protistology and 10th European Conference on Ciliate Biology

IV ECOP_SanBenedetto_Italy_2003


2007 San Petersbourg, Russia

V European Congress of Protistology and XI European Conference on Ciliate Biology

Final_Program VECOP 2007


The last VI ECOP Congress was held in Berlin, Germany, in July 2011.