Future Meetings

The next meeting will take place in 2018.

Past Meetings


ISTA8 was held in Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil. It was organized by Dan Lahr and members of his lab aided by Enrique Lara. The meeting took place September 12-14, with 37 participants and for the first time implementing the ISOP funded Young Testate Amoebae Researcher Award.

The meeting program can be downloaded here.

A meeting report is being prepared.


ISTA7 was held in Poznan, Poland and was organised by Mariusz Lamentowicz and members of his lab. The meeting took September 8-12 2014, and was a resounding success, with the largest amoount of participants so far, including amateur microscopists. The website was -

A meeting abstract is available at the journal Protist.

Nebela carinata - photomicrograph Ferry Siemensma

Two day protistology meeting in Neuchâtel: Fundamental and applied protistology - April 15-16 2014

This small meeting is organised as part of the doctoral program but is open to anyone interested.
Registration is cheap (CHF 30.-for PhD students, including the lunch and coffee breaks, CHF 60.- for others).
Confirmed guest speakers include:
Frederick W. Speigel, University of Arkansas, USA
Daniel Lahr, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Jan Pawlowski, University of Geneva
Thomas Posch, University of Zurich
Florian Altermatt, EAWAG
Enrique Lara, University of Neuchâtel
The meeting will include keynote presentations, contributed talks and posters and a practical session (end of day 1 and morning of day 2) devoted to observation and identification of free-living protists.
Anyone interested please contact Edward Mitchell (edward DOT mitchell AT unine DOT ch) or Leonardo Fernandez (leonardo DOT fernandez AT unine DOT ch)

The 33rd meeting of the German Society of Protistology

This meeting was held in Essen, Germany from February 12-15, 2014. As in 2013 all talks were in English and this will continue from now on. There were quite a number of contributions on testate amoebae covering a broad range of topics including ecology, taxonomy, biogeography. About 100 people attended the meeting.

The 32nd meeting of the German Society of Protistology

This meeting was held in Switzerland from February 27th to March 2nd, 2013. All talks were in English. The meeting ended with a much-appreciated fondue party to which all participants survived (but some better than others - no names will be given!).


The 6th International Symposium on Testate Amoeba took place in October 15-18th, 2012 in Xiamen, China. It was jointly organised by Jun Yang and Satoshi Shimano. The meeting was attended by ca. 40 people and was a great success with high quality presentation and highly stimulating discussions.

5th ISTA


The meeting was held 14-17 September in Montbéliard, France. It was organized and hosted by Daniel Gilbert and Edward Mitchell. The meeting was a success with great turn out (over 60 researchers from all over the world). Several decisions were made, including the foundation of the International Society of Testate Amoeba Researcher.

Conference summary: Research on testate amoebae has been increasing exponentially in recent years. This is due largely to the fact that the analysis of testate amoebae is now a common tool in palaeoecological studies where they provide information on past changes in hydrology and other environmental conditions.Recent research has also shown that testate amoebae also play a very important role in the cycling of elements in terrestrial ecosystems and potentially interact closely with vascular plants in the rhizophere. Molecular methods are finally becoming available to study the phylogeny and taxonomy of testate amoebae, and help resolve long-standing debates on their diversity and biogeography.

Mitchell EAD, Gilbert D. 2010. Meeting Report: 5th International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA-5), Montbéliard, France 14-17 September 2009 - Present status of testate amoeba research, knowledge gaps and research priorities. Protist 161: 337–341. doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2010.03.002

ISTA 5 Meeting Report
ISTA 5 Abstracts

4th ISTA


The meeting was held 12 - 14 September in Antwerpen, Belgium. It was organised and hosted by Louis Beyens, with the collaboration of Pieter Ledeganck and Sofie Vincke. No less than 44 scientists from 16 countries attended the conference. It had been 23 years since the last testate amoebae workshop occurred in Aachen, Germany and 30 years since the first testate amoebae workshop before it was organized in 1976 in Sofia, Bulgaria. More than 50 oral and poster presentations were given during the 3-day meeting. Topics included morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, ecology and paleoecology of testate amoebae.
Further information can be viewed on the website

Warner, Barry and Beyens, Louis. 2007. Progress and Prioritizing Needs for Future Research on Testate Amoebae:
 A meeting report on the International Symposium on Testate Amoebae,
 Antwerp, Belgium, September 12 – 14, 2006. Protist 158(3): 255 – 257.

ISTA 4 Meeting Report
ISTA 4 Abstracts

Other Meetings

ISOP link to meetings

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