Time Event
18:30 Welcome Gathering
19:00 - 19:15 Opening Plenary Session
Session Chair: Alexandra Worden, Marine Biological Laboratory, US
19:15 - 20:15 Plenary Lecture: Nicole King, University of California Berkeley, US
20:30 Dinner
Time Event
  Parasites, Viruses, Invasive Elements, & HGT
  Session Chair: Julius Lukes, CZ
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Varsha Mathur (UK, F): Unravelling the mechanism of a plankton-parasite interaction
9:30 Isabelle Florent (France, F): Adaptive and functional biodiversity of Apicomplexa, the contribution of -omic data on gregarines
10:00 McFadden, University of Melbourne: The mechanism of uniparental inheritance of organelle genomes in Plasmodium
10:20 Moises Bernabeu, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS): Timing of HGT events in Paulinella species may suggest ancestral prolonged symbioses
10:40 Jazmin Blaz Sanchez, Université Paris-Saclay: Long-lasting traces of lateral gene transfer into the genomes of the early divergent lineage Ancyromonadida.
11:00 Coffee break + ECS Meet the speakers
11:30 Patrick Keeling: Reversing endosymbiosis - loss of function and physical loss of organelles
11:55 Matthias Fischer: Endogenous DNA viruses in protist genomes - parasites or defense agents? 
12:20 Claire Bugnot, CNRS: Structural variations associated to evolution of resistance to giant viruses 
12:40 Max Schon, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research: Pervasive host-virus-virophage interactions in marine alga Bigelowiella natans
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 Manny Ares - Introns: a hallmark and often still mysterious feature of eukaryotes
15:00 Anzhelika Butenko, Czech Academy of Sciences: Exploring eukaryotic intron evolution: lessons from Euglenozoa
15:20 John Mattick, University of Maryland: Ancestral introns predate the acquisition of the mitochondria in early eukaryotes
15:45 Coffee break + ECS Meet the speakers
16:15 - 17:30 Early Career Scientist Discussion Session and Mixer 
Determine Topics for ECS Panel Discussions on Thursday
18:00 - 20:00 Poster session
20:30 Dinner
Time Event
  Evolution & Diversification
  Session Chair: Gwenael Piganeau, FR
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Inaki: The truth about the microbial origins of animals
9:30 Norico Yamada (Germany, F): A missing link dinotom dinoflagellate Durinskia kwazulunatalensis exhibits the "nucleomorphising" process
10:00 Nina Pohl, Uppsala University: Unveiling novel deep diversity within Archaeplastida
10:20 Bernard Snel, Utrecht University: How protein structure predictions are impacting comparative genomics of unicellular eukaryotes 
10:40 Sarah Frail, Stanford University: Caught in the act: Initial stages of endosymbiotic evolution in Epithemia
11:00 Coffee break + ECS Meet the speakers
11:30 Kristína (Kika) Pašuthová: Canonical and non-canonical nuclear genetic codes: Genomics of Blastocrithidiinae
11:55 Ken Wolfe: Killer toxins and evolution of the genetic code in fungi
12:20 Girish Beedessee, University of Cambridge: Novel nuclear proteins in dinoflagellates mediate the highly compacted liquid-like state of
dinoflagellate chromosomes
12:40 Abigail Lind, Georgia Institute of Technology: Hybrid assemblies of Blastocystis gut microbiome-associated protists reveal evolutionary diversification to host ecology
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  Planetary Biology: From First Life Onwards
14:30 Session Chair: John Archibald, CA and Alexandra Worden, US
15:00 Plenary - Andy Knoll, Harvard University, US
15:20 Plenary - Andy Knoll, Harvard University, US
15:20 - 15:50 Laura Eme 
15:50 - 16:20 Coffee break + ECS Meet the speakers
16:20 - 16:50 Joel Dacks 
16:50 Miguel Mendez Sandin, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva: Fast eukaryotic diversification during the Mesoproterozoic evidenced from environmental phylogenetics
17:10 Anna Nerorkova, University of Bristol: Resolving the prokaryote-to-eukaryote transition using new phylogenomic models of endosymbiosis
17:30 Carlos Santana Molina & Anja Spang, NIOS (Invited)
17:50 - 18:10 Denis Tikhonenkov, Russian Academy of Science: Eukaryovorous flagellates and their evolutionary and ecological significance
19:15 - 20:15 Poster Session
20:30 Dinner
Time Event
  The Spectrum of Symbioses
  Session Chair: Elisabeth Hehenberger, CZ
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Filip Husnik, JP, Foraminifera: The Last Frontier of Protist Symbioses
9:30 Fabian Burki: A novel branch on the algal tree of life illuminates the evolution of complex red plastids
10:00 Megan Sørensen, Heinrich Heine Universität: Taking control of light responses during the endosymbiont to organelle transition 
10:20 Ann Walraven, Uppsala University: Exploring the plastid symbiosis in the marine centrohelid Meringosphaera: a novel model system for plastid integration
10:40 Ondřej Pomahač, Charles University: I carry it in my heart: The first case of intranuclear methanogen symbionts in a eukaryote
11:00 Coffee break + ECS Meet the Speakers
11:30 Anna Karnkowska: Let's get together and feel all right: Bacterial endosymbioses abundance in protists
11:55 Ross Waller: Symbiosis across Myzozoa: what changes, and what stays the same?
12:20 Lawrence Rudy Cadena, Heinrich Heine Universität: Exploring the Spatial Proteomics of Paulinella chromatophora: Insights Into a Nontraditional Protein Import Machinery
12:40 Ben Jenkins, University of Oxford: Immune-like glycan sensing determines host control of a nascent photosymbiosis
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
15:00 - 20:00 Excursion or Free Afternoon
20:30 Dinner
Time Event
  Tackling mechanisms of interactions and their consequences
  Session Chair: Toni Gabaldón, ES
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Rachel Foster, University of Stockholm, SE, New insights on metabolic interactions and establishing Diatom-N2 fixing symbioses
9:30 Flora Vincent, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, DE, Symbiosis in marine diatoms
10:00 Fabian Wittmers, Marine Biological Laboratory, US, Marine protists and the evolution of animal-associated symbionts and pathogens
10:20 Fiona Savory, University of Oxford
10:40 John Archibald, Dalhousie University, CA, Genome biology and evolution of newly-discovered mirusviruses in thraustochytrid protists
11:00 Coffee break + Meet the Speakers
11:30 Lillian Fritz-Laylin: The evolution and specification of cytoskeletal networks
11:55 David Booth: Find Your Niche: Lessons from choanoflagellates
12:20 Núria Ros-Rocher, Institut Pasteur, FR, An unusual form of multicellularity controlled by extreme salinity fluctuations in a unicellular relative of animals
12:40 Susanne Wilken, University of Amsterdam, NL, Mixotrophic protists in changing waters
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:30 ECS Panel Discussion and Interdisciplinary Career Talk
15:35 - 16:00 Courtney Stairs, Lund University, SE
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00  Poster Session
18:00 - 19:15  Flash Talks
20:00 - 22:00 Conference Dinner
20:30 Celebration
Time Event
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Goodbyes and Transit to Airport/Train
11:00 Last bus to Airport/Train