The International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP)
Although the details of the society's early history are not appropriate here, a brief summary, based on personal experience, does seem to be à propos since it coincided with the developments described above and since the present publication concerns one of its meetings. The formation of a society concerned with early events in eukaryotic evolution was discussed by Lynn Margulis, Max Taylor and Howard Whisler in Seattle, USA, in late 1973, following the First International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology in Boulder, USA, where the SET had its first formal discussion and a protistan session was also held. It was formally proposed, with election of an ad hoc editorial committee, at a meeting on the origin and evolution of mitosis in Boston, USA, in 1974 (see Margulis & Taylor, 1975), and this has been taken as the first Society for Evolutionary Protistology (SEP) meeting. The second, convened in Toronto, Canada, was summarized by Heath (1978). The word ‘International’ was added after the fourth meeting, held in Maryland, USA (see Goode & Corliss, 1981, 1982), and the society was formally incorporated in 1982.
There have been 11 other meetings (the proposed third meeting, in the UK, was cancelled), held in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic, some of which were held jointly with other societies. There has never been an independent, society-sponsored journal. The earliest proceedings were published in BioSystems. Some of the proceedings of the 13th meeting were, like the present, published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (Farmer, 2001), and a summary of the 14th meeting was presented by Dacks & Simpson (2002).