German Society for Protozoology

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Protozoologie


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Welcome to the homepage of the German Society for Protozoology


Protozoology encompasses all aspects related to protists, which are eukaryotic and usually unicellular organisms. Most protists are microscopic, coexisting with other microorganisms – like bacteria – within most ecosystems on Earth and vitally contributing to their functioning. For example, photosynthetic microalgae constitute the base of the food web in most aquatic ecosystems and heterotrophic protists, those with animal-like nutrition, serve as a vital link in the transfer of energy within systems, as predators of bacteria and as prey to larger organisms. Protists can also drastically alter ecosystems, for example through harmful toxic blooms in the oceans, and cause human disease, including malaria, African sleeping sickness, and amoebic dysentery.



Arie Ron (1928 – 2021) – Protozoologist with passion


Arie Ron was born on 16.6.1928 in Fechenbach, Bavaria, Germany and left us forever on 9.11.2021. His biography was strongly influenced by the horrors of the last century.

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Newsletter of the Project 2016


Workshop Mikropaläontologiem October 2016. More information...


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8th International Symposium on Testate Amoebae, September 12-15th, in Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil.


The meeting will cover a broad range of research topics dealing with testate amoebae, including taxonomy, phylogenomics, evolution, paleontology, and ecology. The official conference language will be English


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Summerschool Freshwater ecology and water quality assessment: Changing prospects in the face of the “-omics” revolution


SummerSchool at the University Duisburg-Essen Aug 29 - Sept 02, 2016 More information...


The summerschool addresses the changing prospects in water quality assessment in the light of new methods and the potential of molecular approaches in particular of barcoding (including OTU approaches), metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics.

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Summer course: Evolutionary and Taxonomic Diversity of Marine Invertebrates


The new international course welcomes participants to take a unique insight into a variety of aspects of marine invertebrates’ biodiversity. This course has been specifically designed on the basis on long-term experience to meet emerging challenges of modern life sciences. The in-campus intro provides a quick dive into the topic and all the necessary basic knowledge. The fieldwork on the White Sea is a core part of the course.More information...





Meeting Protist-2016


The international forum “Protist-2016” which will take place in Moscow, Russia from June 6-10, 2016. Four international events will be held within the framework of the forum:
-Annual meeting of the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP)
-21st meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP)
-1st International Symposium on Soil Protistology
-5th Russian conference on the ecology of free-living protists in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
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Protist of the year 2016



Trichomonas vaginalis. More information...


Meeting of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Protozoologie 2016



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Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Protozoologie 2016


Eduard-Reichenow-Medaille 2016


Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Protozoologie verlieh die Eduard-Reichenow-Medaille an


Herrn Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Foissner (Salzburg, Österreich) in Anerkennung seiner herausragenden wissenschaftlichen Verdienste um die Protozoologie


Karl-Gottlieb-Grell-Preisträger 2016


Der Karl-Gottlieb-Grell-Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Protozoologie (DGP) an Nachwuchswissenschaftler für eine herausragende Arbeit (Dissertation) auf dem Gebiet der Protistologie ging im Jahr 2016 an


Dr. Lars Großmann (Duisburg-Essen): Diversity of protists with special emphasis on chrysomonads: morphological and molecular diversity, distribution patterns and functional differentiation




Dr. Alexandra Jeuck (Köln): Extended phylogeny and morphology of marine and freshwater choanoflagellates with additional methodological studies on heterotrophic flagellates






Open positions


PhD student position available at the Department of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Salzburg (Austria).

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Postdoctoral Researcher to study the diversity and evolution of microbial eukaryotes from termite hindguts. More information...


Multiple Faculty Positions on Microbiomes at Arizona State University

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