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 was 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). Congress venues were at the Hotel-Conference Center Silken Al-Andalus Palace and the Scientific Campus “Reina Mercedes” of the University of Seville.

The VII ECOP congress was organized for the first time as a joint meeting in partnership with The International Society of Protistologists (ISOP).


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


FEPS – ISOP Joint Committee

Graham Clark (ISOP)

Alastair Simpson (ISOP)

Frederick W. Spiegel (ISOP)

Thomas Weisse (FEPS)

Ana Martín-González (FEPS)

Aurelio Serrano (FEPS)


Program and Abstracts Book VII ECOP-ISOP Joint Meeting Seville 2015



Previous 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.