Virus Genomics and Evolution

08 - 10 June 2016Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce our new conference: Virus Genomics and
    Evolution. This meeting will provide a multidisciplinary forum for
    scientists interested in the genomics and evolutionary analysis of
    viruses and will address the fundamental questions of viral origins,
    transmission and pathogenesis.

    Virus genome sequencing is now widespread and the conference will
    showcase advances in viral genomics, bioinformatics and sequencing
    technology. Genomic studies have provided major insights into the
    epidemiology transmission and pathogenesis of viral infections, and are
    increasingly being applied to patient management and public health. The
    conference will cover the genomics of epidemic and non-epidemic viruses,
    emerging viral infections and pathogen discovery.

    This meeting will bring together international participants working in
    the diagnostic and public health communities, who are generating data
    from clinical samples, with evolutionary biologists and
    bioinformaticians, who are developing methods and models to interrogate
    the genomic data. 

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday, 8 June and
    close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 10 June 2016.

    Scientific sessions

    • Viral genome sequencing: diagnostics and public health
    • Virus discovery
    • Epidemics
    • Evolution of pathogenesis
    • Re-emerging viral infections
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Judith Breuer University College London, UK
    Andrew Rambaut University of Edinburgh, UK
    Emma Thomson
    University of Glasgow, UK

    Keynote speakers
    Ian Goodfellow
    University of Cambridge, UK
    Ian Lipkin Columbia University, USA

    Confirmed speakers
    Kristian Andersen
    Scripps Research Institute, USA
    Ellie Barnes
    University of Oxford, UK
    Sarah Cobey
    University of Chicago, USA
    Jan Felix Drexler
    University of Bonn Medical Centre, Germany

    Christophe Fraser Imperial College London UK
    George Gao Chinese Academy of Scicences,
    Jennifer Gardy 
    University of British Columbia,
    Eddie Holmes
    University of Sydney, Australia
    Paul Kellam
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Philippe Lemey
    Rega Institute, Belgium
    Marion Koopmans
    Erasmus Medical Center, The Netherlands

    Nick Loman
    University of Birmingham, UK
    Oliver Pybus
    University of Oxford, UK
    Anne-Mieke Vandamme
    Rega Institute, Belgium
    Marco Vignuzzi
    Institut Pasteur, France

    Conference organiser
    Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £278.00
    Student On site twin accommodation £378.00
    Student On site single accommodation £440.00
    Academic No accommodation £378.00
    Academic On site twin accommodation £478.00
    Academic On site single accommodation £540.00
    Commercial No accommodation £478.00
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £578.00
    Commercial On site single accommodation £640.00

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 8 and 9 June 2016. Please
    note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Please register prior to submitting your abstract. Please note: abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines

    • Format & Font: Prepare your abstract in Microsoft Word in 11-point Ariel Font.
    • Title: The title should be concise and be in bold, sentence case.
    • Author names: The presenting author’s name must be the first name to appear on the list of authors. Underline the name of the presenting author. For each author give the forename followed by the surname.
    • Affiliations: Please list the authors and affiliations directly under the title, separated by one empty line, and followed on additional lines as necessary. Indicate each author’s affiliation with a superscript numeral following the surname.
    • Abstract length: should not exceed one 1.5-spaced page. The total word limit is 400 words (to include title, authors, affiliations and abstract narrative).
    • Abstract narrative: must be clear and concise. Clearly describe the problem you are addressing, the results to date and any conclusions you can draw from them, so that your abstract can be evaluated by the programme committee. Avoid saying in effect ‘a solution to XYZ problem will be presented’. Please ensure that your abstract is checked for correctness of spelling and grammar in advance of submission.
    • Subheadings: Please avoid the use of subheadings in the abstract narrative.
    • References: A separate list of references at the end of the abstract is not necessary.
    • File name: should be the same as the surname of the presenting author.
    • Download a sample abstract document (Microsoft Word), which can be used for formatting purposes.
  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    We thank the following organisations for their support:

    If you are interested in supporting this event, please contact the
    conference organiser.