Dear Ciliate Researchers, On behalf of the organizers, I would like to remind you that the early registration and housing deadline for the Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference (July 17-22) in Washington, DC, is May 30. More information below. In addition, we want to make you aware of a new opportunity to present your work at the conference – “Lightning talks”. What is a lightning talk? In short you have 2 minutes to make your pitch. Need more inspiration? Did you have a poster and want to describe your coolest result on stage? Did you develop a new technique that you want to share? Did you come up with the next great idea of what to study and just need to pitch it? Do you have a need to rap your data or present science through interpretive dance? Then sign-up and give a 2 minute lightning talk. Prizes for the most creative or best-delivered entry. Contact Doug Chalker and Chad Pearson sign-up: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask] (DO NOT reply to this email) The early registration and housing deadline for the Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference, July 17-22, in Washington, DC, is May 30. This meeting is an exceptional opportunity to hear about the latest research happening around the world, reconnect with fellow ciliate scientists and meet future collaborators. The meeting will be held at American University which is easily accessible by three airports. Boris Striepen (University of Pennsylvania) will present the Keynote Address on Tuesday, July 17. Talks selected from submitted abstracts will cover everything from bioinformatics to regulatory RNAs and there will be two poster sessions. The final schedule of events is now available. The presentations within each session will be online by May 22. Funds are available to support the participation of individuals that might otherwise be unable to attend. To be considered for the award, complete the Travel Award Application by May 22, 2018.