Virus Genomics and Evolution

18 - 20 June 2018Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early Bird Deadline Closed
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce the second Virus Genomics and Evolution conference. 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
    diagnostic and public health, who are generating data from clinical
    samples, with evolutionary biologists and bioinformaticians, who are
    developing methods and models to interrogate the genomic data.

    We welcome the submission of abstracts from all areas relevant to the
    main themes of the meeting. Several oral presentations will be chosen
    from the submitted abstracts.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at 12.00 on Monday 18 June and close at 13.30
    on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

    The following topics will be covered:

    • Viral genome sequencing: diagnostics and public health
    • Virus evolution
    • Epidemics and outbreaks
    • Evolution of pathogenesis
    • Emerging viral infections and zoonoses

    The final programme is available here.

  • 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
    Elodie Ghedin
    New York University, USA
    Mike Worobey University of Arizona, USA

    Confirmed speakers

    Simon Frost University of
    Cambridge, UK

    Mary Kate Grabowski Johns Hopkins University, USA

    Yonatan Grad Harvard TH Chan
    School of Public Health, USA

    Nicholas Grassly Imperial College
    London, UK

    Katie Hampson University of
    Glasgow, UK

    Christian Happi Redeemer’s University, Nigeria

    Tan Le Van Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam

    Katrina Lythgoe University of Oxford, UK

    Martha Nelson Fogarty International Center, USA

    Malik Peiris University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Moriah Szpara Pennsylvania State University, USA

    Emma Teeling University College Dublin, Ireland

    Lia van der Hoek University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    David Wentworth Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

    Conference organiser
    Zoey Willard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Early Bird*

    until 24 April 2018

    Standard Rate

    from 25 April 2018

    Student No accommodation £255 £355
    Student On site twin accommodation £359 £459
    Student On site single accommodation £425 £525
    Academic No accommodation £355 £455
    Academic On site twin accommodation £459 £559
    Academic On site single accommodation £525 £625
    Commercial No accommodation £455 £555
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £559 £659
    Commercial On site single accommodation £625 £725

    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.

    *Owing to space constraints, the early-bird discount rate is limited to
    100 delegates.

    Registration deadlines
    Early Bird registration: Closed
    Standard registration:  Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 18 and 19 June 2018, when
    booked with your conference registration. Please note: there is limited
    onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come,
    first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

    Accommodation is also available at the Red Lion in Hinxton and Holiday Inn Express, Duxford. A complimentary shuttle to and from the
    Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre will be provided from the Holiday Inn Express. The Red Lion in Hinxton is a short walk to the campus. If you need other accommodation suggestions, please contact the conference organiser.

    If you wish to book accommodation either side of the conference dates,
    please contact the Conference Centre,
    the Red Lion in Hinxton or the Holiday Inn Express, Duxford directly.

    Once available accommodation is sold out, the
    accommodation option will no longer be visible on the website.

    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.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    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 can be viewed here.

    Poster prize
    A poster prize will be awarded by Virus Evolution to the author of
    the best scientific poster at this year’s conference.
    The prize will be awarded to the poster that presents compelling new
    research in the field of virus evolution.

    Virus Evolution is a new open access journal, published by Oxford
    University Press. The journal was voted ‘Best New Journal’ at the 2017
    PROSE Awards.

  • Bursaries

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

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • A justification letter from applicant
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

    Additional funding opportunities
    our Funding webpage
    for additional funding opportunities currently

  • Sponsors

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