Comparative genomics of unicellular eukaryotes: Interactions and symbioses

September 30 – October 5, 2024 | Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 30, 2024
Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By: March 1, 2024
Registration Deadline: March 8, 2024
Payment Deadline: March 8, 2024

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Microbes play key roles in regulating the biosphere and ecosystem function, as well as disease and success of the organisms with which they interact. Microbial (single-celled) eukaryotes represent 70% of eukaryotic diversity, and while there is massive amount of knowledge for groups such as fungi, many others remain mysterious due to challenges in studying them and their staggering diversity. Although major progress has been achieved in understanding their genomes, relationships and diversity, relevant model systems are nascent – impeding advances on functional biology, mechanisms of interaction with other cells, and processes that underpin the broad spectrum of symbioses. This conference will facilitate interactions between researchers who study comparative genomics and diversity of microbial eukaryotes, with a focus on understanding how these organisms interact with other cells, a factor which underpins survival of life on Earth. The overarching aim of the meeting is to highlight the latest research and research approaches for understanding microbial ecosystems, specifically through the lens of close interactions involving unicellular eukaryotes, ranging from ephemeral to permanent physical interactions in aquatic and terrestrial environments between unicellular eukaryotes and other biological entities, and the evolutionary processes that support them. These topics will be addressed alongside the latest developments in non-traditional eukaryotic model organisms and knowledge of their cellular biology - especially in connection to interactions with the external world.

About the Conference:

This conference stems from a prior EMBO Workshop on Comparative Genomics of Unicellular Eukaryotes, held on a two-year cycle, with the last one having been in 2022. The meeting is of excellent scientific quality and provides strong networking activities for all participants and ensures breadth of speakers.

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