ISE 2023

We are excited to announce the upcoming International Society of Endocytobiology (ISE) conference, which will be held at the Field Museum in Chicago to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the organization. This international event will bring together renowned experts in the field of endocytobiology to share their latest research findings, exchange ideas, and build collaborations. The conference will cover a wide range of exciting topics, including the latest advances in endosymbiosis, cellular evolution, and symbiosis in eukaryotic cells. With a diverse lineup of world-renowned speakers, this conference offers plenty of opportunities to learn and engage with other professionals in the field.

We hope you will join us for this exciting event and contribute to the continued growth and advancement of symbiosis and endosymbiosis research. Registration is open - take advantage of early bird pricing.

Important Information:
Join us for the Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 10th, by using the South Entrance. For the remaining conference days, access the museum through the West Entrance. To help with your orientation, please refer to this map.

Just a friendly heads up that this upcoming Sunday, there's an NFL football game happening at the stadium nearby. To keep traffic flowing smoothly, there will be some restrictions in place. Beyond the intersection of Roosevelt and Michigan, no Ubers or private cars will be allowed. Please plan ahead and anticipate delays.

Some key dates to consider:
Registration open: May 1st
Deadline Travel Grant Applications: June 15th
Early bird registration closes: June 15th (extended until June 30th)
Registration closes: August 22nd

Please note that tickets for the event are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Confirmed Speakers

We are excited to announce that this year's event will feature an exceptional lineup of speakers. Our esteemed speakers are leading experts in their fields and will provide valuable insights and perspectives on the latest developments and trends in endosymbiosis and symbiosis.

  • Anna Karnkowska

    University of Warsaw

  • Debashish Bhattacharya

    Rutgers University

  • Oren Ostersetzer

    University of Jerusalem

  • Norico Yamada

    University of Konstanz

  • Sven Gould

    University of Düsseldorf

  • Arthur Grossman

    Stanford University

  • Ralf Oelmüller

    University of Jena

  • Eva Nowack

    University of Düsseldorf

  • Martin Lohr

    University of Mainz

  • Jürgen Soll

    University of Munich (LMU)

  • Yixian Zheng

    Carnegie Science

  • Sabeeha Merchant

    UC Berkeley

  • Felipe Benites

    Rutgers University

  • Imke Schmitt

    Senkenberg Museum

  • Irene Newton

    Indiana University

  • Jeff Mower

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Conference Details


The Field Museum

The Field Museum in Chicago is a world-renowned natural history museum that boasts an impressive collection of over 40 million specimens and artifacts. The museum's exhibits cover a wide range of topics, including biology, geology, anthropology, and archaeology, showcasing the diversity of life on Earth and the fascinating cultures of different civilizations throughout history. Visitors can explore the museum's extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including the famous T-Rex named Sue, as well as learn about the different ecosystems and environments that exist on our planet. With its engaging and informative displays, the Field Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the natural world and human history.



Chicago is a fantastic place for the ISE 2023 conference due to its diverse range of amenities and attractions. The city offers a vast selection of accommodation options, including numerous hotels with meeting facilities and easy access to public transportation. Chicago's rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture make it a popular destination for visitors from around the world, and the city boasts world-class museums, such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. The city's bustling food scene also provides ample opportunities for attendees to experience local cuisine and network in a relaxed setting. With its combination of amenities and attractions, Chicago is sure to provide a memorable experience for attendees of the ISE 2023 conference.


International Society of Endocytobiology (ISE)

The International Society of Endocytobiology (ISE) is a scientific organization that focuses on the study of endosymbiosis and symbiosis. Founded in 1983, ISE brings together researchers and scholars from various fields to promote collaboration and advance the understanding of this biological phenomenon. As ISE celebrates its 40th anniversary, it continues to play a vital role in the field of endocytobiology by hosting conferences and workshops, providing a platform for scientists to share their latest research findings and exchange ideas, and publishing scientific journals that showcase cutting-edge research in the field. Additionally, ISE supports student research by providing awards and grants to promote the growth and development of future leaders in endocytobiology. Through these efforts, ISE is committed to fostering a community of scholars dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in endosymbiosis and symbiosis.

    ISE 2023 Organizing Committee:
  • Felix Grewe, Field Museum
  • Peter Kroth, University of Konstanz
  • Ansgar Gruber, Biology Centre Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Debashish Bhattacharya, Rutgers University


Miescher-Ishida Prize

The Miescher-Ishida Prize is an award presented by the International Society of Endocytobiology (ISE) and the University of Tübingen to recognize outstanding scientists who have made unique contributions to the field of endocytobiology. The prize was initiated by Dr. Masahiro R. Ishida "in commemoration of the discoveries of nuclear and extranuclear DNA" to acknowledge outstanding scientists who have made unique findings in the field of endocytobiology or contributed to the development of this science. Recipients of the prize include renowned scientists such as Dr. Lynn Margulis, who proposed the endosymbiotic theory of eukaryotic cell evolution, and Dr. William Martin, who developed the "Hydrogen hypothesis for the first eukaryote". Other notable recipients include Dr. Naomi Langmore, Dr. Mary Berbee, and Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya, all of whom have made significant contributions to the study of endocytobiology.

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