Virus Genomics and Evolution

15 - 17 September 2021Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline 22 June 2021
  • Bursary deadline 06 July 2021
  • Abstract deadline 20 July 2021
  • Registration deadline 17 August 2021

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  • Summary

    Due to the evolving situation with Covid-19, this conference has been postponed from 15 – 17 June 2020.

    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. It will bring together evolutionary biologists and bioinformaticians with international participants working in diagnostic and public health.

    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 year’s meeting will focus on virus evolution, epidemics and outbreaks and emerging viral infections and zoonoses. We will also explore new technologies to analyse viruses and large datasets and discuss diagnostic methods to improve public health.


  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12.00 pm (BST) on Wednesday 15 September and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday 17 September 2021. All times are given in British Summer Time. See the time where you are here.

    The topics covered include:

    • Virus evolution
    • Epidemics and outbreaks
    • Emerging viral infections and zoonoses
    • Diagnostics
    • Virus discovery
    • Public Health
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Katrina Lythgoe

    Katrina Lythgoe
    University of Oxford, UK

    Andrew Rambaut

    Andrew Rambaut
    University of Edinburgh, UK

    Emma Thomson

    Emma Thomson
    University of Glasgow, UK

    Keynote speakers

    Martine Peeters

    Martine Peeters
    University of Montpellier, France

    Chikwe Ihekweazu

    Chikwe Ihekweazu
    Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Nigeria

    Confirmed speakers

    Jesse Bloom – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
    Judith Breuer – UCL, UK
    Santiago Elena – CSIC, Spain
    Katie Ewer – University of Oxford, UK
    Nuno Faria – University of Oxford, UK
    Stephanie Johnson – University of Oxford, UK
    Jeremy Luban – University of Massachusetts, USA
    Samantha Lycett – University of Edinburgh, UK
    Placide Mbala – INRB, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Robin Shattock – Imperial College London, UK
    Paul Turner – Yale School of Medicine, USA
    Lena Wilfert – Ulm University, Germany
    Huachen Maria Zhu – University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Conference organiser

    Nicole Schatlowski, Scientific Programme Officer
    Zoey Willard, Conference & Events Organiser

  • Registration / Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 22 June 2021)

    Standard rate
    (until 22 June 2021)
    Student No accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic No accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial No accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site single accommodation TBC TBC

    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.

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 15 and 16 June 2020. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

    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:

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  • 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 conference.

    Abstract deadline: 20 July 2021

  • 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.

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

    The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

    • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
    • CV
    • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 06 July 2021

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

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