Welcome to Protistology-UK!
Our Learned Society (formerly the British Society for Protist Biology) is a membership organisation for scientists and amateurs interested in all areas of protistology; from ecological to medical and from sub-cellular to population studies. The Society primarily exists to support and promote protistan research and teaching in the UK but a key aim is to encourage the development of young scientists. We host one scientific meeting a year and provide bursaries for student attendance together with prizes for student presentations.

Who We Are

Who we are

This is the website of the Protistology-UK, formerly known as the British Society for Protist Biology. P-UK exists:

  • To promote the study, teaching and dissemination of all aspects of protistology.
  • To provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of results obtained from original research and for an exchange of information on experimental design and techniques.
  • To encourage developing and novel aspects of protistology.
  • To represent the interests of protistology on other professional bodies.
  • To assist young scientists researching in protistology to attend professional meetings.

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The Committee


Join Protistology-UK

Joining the Society is easy. Simply complete the membership form and post to the Membership Secretary.

Prof. Genoveva Esteban
Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Christchurch House C238c
Fern Barrow
BH12 5BB

Subscription fees are paid on an annual basis and can be paid by direct debit/standing order, or by cheque, payable to The British Society of Protist Biology.

Current Subscription Fees

Full and Corresponding Membership: £25

Student Membership: £15

Protistology-UK is an affiliated society of the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP). As such, P-UK members are entitled to reduced ISOP membership.

Student Bursaries

The Society has a limited number of bursaries for our annual Spring Meetings. The bursary covers a registration fee waiver for the Meeting, but does not cover any travel or accommodation costs.

Bursaries are restricted to members and are available, on a first-come-first-served basis, for students who are presenting either a talk or a poster at the Spring Meeting. Applications for bursaries will be considered only with a completed registration form for the Spring Meeting. Applicants must state in their registration that they wish to be considered for a bursary. Unsuccessful applicants will be told immediately that all bursaries have been allocated for that meeting.