Online Poster Session on Protists

Updated: 20 hours ago

Open to everyone and easy to participate! No Zoom, no live video. Just you, your social media account, your creativity, and presentation at your pace and your terms.

10th-14th August, 2020

REGISTRATION ended on July 26.


You can also register for non-presenting participation here.

Download the PRELIMINARY PROGRAM (v1.2) in PDF.

Supported by the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP) and the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP). There will be society-sponsored prizes with financial rewards, recognizing quality of the presented work as well as creativity with which you use the online environment.

There will be 2 time slots per day:

  • East: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM GMT (afternoon in East Asia/Oceania, morning in Europe/Africa)

  • West: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM GMT (afternoon in Europe/Africa, morning in the Americas)

There will be 2 “venues”:

The particular session of your presentation will be defined by a combination of time slot and venue, eg.: 12EF05 means “presentation number 5 on August 12, time slot: East, venue: Facebook”. You can present either once, or twice in different sessions.

Important dates:

  • June 17: event announcement

  • July 8: registration opening

  • July 20: ISOP and ISEP support announcement

  • July 26: end of registration

  • July 28: last minute registration opening

  • August 2: preliminary program time table announcement

  • August 9: end of last minute registration & final program announcement

  • August 10, 1 – 5 PM GMT: sessions 10WF, 10WT

  • August 11, 6 – 10 AM GMT: sessions 11EF, 11ET

  • August 11, 1 – 5 PM GMT: sessions 11WF, 11WT

  • August 12, 6 – 10 AM GMT: sessions 12EF, 12ET

  • August 12, 1 – 5 PM GMT: sessions 12WF, 12WT

  • August 13, 6 – 10 AM GMT: sessions 13EF, 13ET

  • August 13, 1 – 5 PM GMT: sessions 13WF, 13WT

  • August 14, 6 – 10 AM GMT: sessions 14EF, 14ET

  • August 14, 1 – 5 PM GMT: sessions 14WF, 14WT

How does it work?

Create your presentation in advance. Post it on Twitter and/or Facebook during a time slot of your choice together with other protistologists. Stay online for discussions in comments under your post during the 4 hours of your session. Enjoy and discuss your colleagues’ presentations.

Tell us about your research in any format convenient for you. Create a classic poster or slide show, write a blog post, record audio or video… Be creative! Let’s explore the possibilities together and inspire the future of protistology.


This year’s cancellation of conferences has inspired creation of multiple great online events (ISEP seminars and Protist.Online) which bring our protistological community together for talks and discussions via live video. These are immensely successful in recreating a great part of the scientific and social value of physical conferences. However, there are necesserily some limitations, especially concerning limited number of possible presenters, time zone-related issues, and also… not everybody is comfortable with talking live on video.

We would like to offer a complementary experience which, similarly to poster sessions during a physical conference, gives space to a greater number of active participants and encourages more detailed, personal discussions, through existing environment of social media, which many of us already use and are familiar with. This is not a new idea. Other scientific communities have already succasfully organized such online poster sessions. Look eg. here or here

What to present?

Tell us about your research just like at a physical conference! Please note, however, that this is a public event, and so it wouldn’t be wise to share unpublished data or other confidential material. You can also use this opportunity to discuss other topics. Present a hypothesis, show us your protist-related art, introduce your favourite taxon, or a new promissing method. Take this as a low-stakes, friendly, inclusive, and informal environment, where you can experiment with both form and content of your presentation. Let’s get creative and have fun!

The format of your “online poster” is completely free and up to you! Here are some tips on how to make it more accessible:

  • use machine-readable text format where possible (avoid text exported to image, uneccessary tables, capitalized text or unusual fonts)

  • If presenting text in image format, you may include a link to a pdf file of the same material where the text is machine-readable.

  • include descriptions to figures and graphs (It is possible to enable alternate description for images on Twitter with 1000 character limit, here is a page on how to do it)

  • provide subtitles or transcript for your video and audio recording

  • avoid color schemes that may be difficult to read with some degree of color-blindness (this is one of the tools to check this)

  • avoid flashing or flickering content as these might trigger seizures in susceptible people

  • avoid raw URLs because text-to-speech programs will read it out, no matter how long

  • capitalize the first letter of each word in multi-word hashtags or other links like this: #ProtistSession (friendlier for screen readers, as well as for people with dyslexia or cognitive disabilities)


  • Anna Novak Vanclova (École Normale Supérieure, France, EU)

  • Johana Rotterova (Charles University, Czechia, EU)

  • Lukas Novak (Université Paris-Saclay, France, EU)

  • Shelby Williams (Dalhousie University, NS, Canada)

  • Shweta Pipaliya (University of Alberta, AB, Canada)


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Background image: Nannochloropsis sp., CSIRO

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