The Asian Pacific Congress of Protistology (APCOP-V) 2024 is the new branding for the 5th edition of the Asian Congress of Protistology (ACOP), to be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere. This event is championed by regional societies of Japan, South Korea, and China, affiliated with the International Society for Protistologists. Our society members represent over 1,000 scientists in protistology and adjacent disciplines, based in the Asian Pacific region. Unique in 2024, APCOP-V will be held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany (ASPAB), to stimulate engagements and expand our community to researchers of seaweeds and seagrasses.

APCOP-V 2024 will bring together students, academics, researchers, and professionals from the Asian Pacific region (and beyond) to showcase the latest research on protists applying cutting-edge technologies, brainstorm ideas, and forge new connections. Relevant research disciplines encompass ecology, parasitology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, genomics, evolution and many others. Through our collaboration with ASPAB in a joint meeting, APCOP-V will also bring together researchers of these disciplines focusing on seagrasses and seaweeds that play pivotal roles in sustaining the marine ecosystems through photosynthesis; many of these species produce natural bioactive compounds with broad biotechnological and medical applications.

What are protists?

Protists are any eukaryotic organisms that are not plants, animals, or fungi. While many not visible to the naked eye, protists represent extreme biodiversity, ranging from microalgae, amoeba, slime moulds, to parasites in diverse hosts.

Some species critically sustain coral reef health through symbiosis, some are malaria parasites, and some cause harmful algal blooms that have devastating impact on fisheries and seafood industry. 

Protists are found in all ecosystems on Earth including extreme habitats, such as hotsprings, volcanic vents, deep trenches, and polar sea ice.

Organising Committee

Associate Professor Cheong Xin Chan, The University of Queensland (Co-Convenor)
Dr Pranali Deore, The University of Melbourne (Co-Convenor)
Dr Patrick Buerger, Macquarie University
Dr Paul Evans, The University of Queensland
Professor Shauna Murray, University of Technology Sydney
Professor Phil Pope, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Carla Proietti, The University of Queensland
Dr Rochelle Soo, The University of Queensland
Thiru Somasundaram, Deakin University
Dr Juliane Wolf, The University of Queensland

Scientific Committee

Dr Takahiko AKEMATSU

Kanagawa University, Japan

Cell biology of ciliates, sexual reproduction, model organisms

Dr Patrick Buerger

Macquarie University, Australia

Genomics and emerging technologies, bioinformatics

Dr Pranali Deore

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Microscopy, photophysiology, symbiotic interactions

Professor Shan GAO

Ocean University of China, China

Protist epigenetics, molecular regulation

Dr Eunsoo KIM

Ewha Womans University, South Korea

Protist diversity, taxonomy, and evolution

Associate Professor Sunju KIM

Pukyong National University, South Korea

Marine microbial diversity and ecology, harmful algal blooms

Professor Zhao-Rong LUN

Sun Yat-sen University, China

Parasitic flagellates, gene function, evolution, host-parasite interactions

Professor Wei MIAO

Institute of Hydrobiology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Protist genomics, gene function, genome evolution, phylogenetics

Professor Shauna Murray

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Harmful algal blooms, algal ecology and evolution, aquaculture

Professor Satoko NODA

Ibaraki University, Japan

Protist ecology and evolution, symbiotic interactions

Professor Jong Soo PARK

Kyungpook National University, South Korea

Protist diversity, taxonomy, ecophysiology

Dr Nedeljka Rosić

Southern Cross University, Australia

Natural bioproducts, host-microbe interactions, genomics, protein engineering

Dr Myeong Heon SHIN

Yonsei University, South Korea

Parasitic protists, immunological parasitology, tropical medicine


Dr Therese Solberg

Keio University, Japan

Protist epigenetics, molecular regulation

Professor Weibo SONG

Ocean University of China, China

Protist ecology and evolution, taxonomy, phylogenetics

Professor Toshinobu SUZAKI

Kobe University, Japan

Cell-cell interactions, cell motility, cell biology of protists

Dr Juliane Wolf

The University of Queensland, Australia

Algal biotechnology, marine bioproducts, aquaculture



National Agriculture and Food Research Organisation, Japan

Endosymbiosis, organellogenesis, phylogenetics, protist evolution


Professor Joe Zuccarello

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Algal diversity and evolution, phylogenetics, seaweeds


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