Virus Genomics and Evolution

15 - 17 September 2021
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Abstract deadline 20 July 2021
  • Registration deadline 06 September 2021

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  • Summary

    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 run from Wednesday 15 September until Friday 17 September 2021.  Sessions will start at 13:00 and finish at approximately 18:00 each day.  All times are given in British Summer Time (BST). 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

    Jane Murphy, Scientific Programme Officer
    Zoey Willard, Conference & Events Organiser

  • Registration
    Fees
    Student £50
    Delegates from LMICs* £50
    Academic £100
    Commercial £150

    The virtual registration package includes: Access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.

    *To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here). If you are in need of financial support and would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser. When applying for a bursary you will be asked to provide a letter stating financial need and a CV.

    Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Thursday before the event.

  • 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

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