2017 International Choanoflagellate Workshop



**Please register for the 2017 International Choanoflagellate Workshop by April 1, 2017https://goo.gl/forms/dsAZAnGXbuQmgbUx2


We invite all members of the choanoflagellate research community and those interested in learning more about choanoflagellates to pre-register for the 2017 International Choanoflagellate Workshop. The goal of this meeting will be to build the choanoflagellate research community by fostering collaborations, disseminating new techniques and resources, and providing a forum for presenting cutting-edge research on choanoflagellate biology.

To defray the cost of attendance, we have received generous contributions from the Agouron Institute (http://agi.org/), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (https://www.moore.org/), and The Company of Biologists (http://www.biologists.com/). Therefore, the registration fees are $175 for local attendees (no accommodations required), $300 for out-of-town attendees in double occupancy rooms, and $350 for out-of-town attendees in single occupancy rooms (on-campus accommodations are provided for all 3 nights).

**Travel grants are available to young scientists and peole from labs that are not currently studying choanoflagellates. If you are interested in applying, please contact Ella and David at choanoflagellate@gmail.com. Additional travel grant opportunities are listed below.**

The workshop will be held at the University of California, Berkeley beginning the evening of Wednesday, May 31 and finishing the afternoon of Saturday, June 3.

Tentative agenda:

Wednesday, May 31: 7 PM - 10 PM

Welcome Reception


Keynote Speaker


Thursday, June 1: 9 AM - 9 PM

Session 1: Choanoflagellates and the Evolution of Animals, Chair: Pawel Burkhardt, The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK

Session 2: Genomics and Genetics of Choanoflagellates, Chair: Nicole King, HHMI/University of California, Berkeley, USA


  • Collection Techniques (using local sampling sites)
  • Establishing and Maintaining Choanoflagellate Cultures Part I
  • Molecular Genetic Tools for Choanoflagellates

Poster Session


Friday, June 2: 9 AM - 9 PM

Session 3: Physical Biology of Choanoflagellates, Chair: Mimi Koehl, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Session 4: The Ecology of Choanoflagellates, Chair: Frank Nitsche, University of Cologne, Germany 


  • Genomic Resources for Choanoflagellates
  • Imaging Choanoflagellates: Basic and Advanced Microscopy
  • Establishing and Maintaining Choanoflagellate Cultures Part II

Field Trip: TBA


Saturday, June 3: 9 AM - 12 PM

Session 5: Interkingdom Interactions Between Choanoflagellates and Bacteria, Chair: Rosie Alegado, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Session 6: The Future of Choanoflagellate Biology, Chairs: Ella Ireland and David Booth, University of California, Berkeley, USA


At this time, we invite you to register for the meeting at this linkhttps://goo.gl/forms/dsAZAnGXbuQmgbUx2


We sincerely hope you will be able to join us in Berkeley for the meeting. To help with travel expenses, we have put together a list of funding sources:


1. Royal Society of Biology (https://www.rsb.org.uk/get-involved/grants/travel-grants)

Travel grants of £500 for Royal Society of Biologymembers. Deadline: March 1, 2017


2. Bio-Techne (https://www.rndsystems.com/grants-scholarships/apply-now-receive-travel-...)

$1000 travel grant, awarded monthly.


3. scienceimpact (http://scienceimpact.co/about/)

Service that gives notification of travel award opportunities. In return, they survey your research interests (but not personal information) to pass along to vendors.


4. Axol Bioscience (https://www.axolbio.com/page/travel-grants)

Company offering travel grants. Deadline: March 31, 2017


5. Addgene Davidson and Tsien Commemorative Travel Awards (http://blog.addgene.org/michael-davidson-and-roger-tsien-commemorative-t...)

Demonstrate successful use of fluorescent proteins in research. Deadline: January 31, 2017


6. NextBio (https://bi.nextbio.com/w/corp/grants.nb)

Travel grants of up to $900 for undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs.


7. Society for Neuroscience (https://www.sfn.org/awards-and-funding/global-funding-sources/europe)

A very good list of global funding sources, especially for travel awards for European scientists.


8. Non-NIH Funding Opportunities for Travel support(https://www.fic.nih.gov/funding/nonnih/pages/travel.aspx)

List compiled by a National Institute of Health for travel funding, especially for American Scientists


*If you need further assistance finding support for travel, please contact us by March 1, 2017.


If you have any questions about the meeting, please don't hesitate to contact us at choanoflagellate@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!


Ella Ireland and David Booth, co-organizers

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