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Viruses 2020 - Novel Concepts in Virology

05/02/2020 - 07/02/2020, Barcelona, Spain
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Covering author registration: 10/12/2019

Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the conference Viruses 2020 - Novel Concepts in Virology to be held in Barcelona, Spain, 5-7 February 2020.

Because of their global impact on human, animal, and plant health and their utility as tractable model systems, viruses continue to play a central role in all aspects of biomedical research, ranging from molecular and cell biology, structural biology, and immunology to evolution, epidemiology, and bioinformatics. This conference will bring together leading virologists from around the world and across the broad field of virology to share results of their recent studies. Meeting participants will have the opportunity to present posters and short talks on their work and discuss their research in a stimulating and collegial environment.

The conference is sponsored by MDPI, the publisher of the open-access journal Viruses and follows the very successful meetings Viruses 2016 - At the Forefront of Virus-Host Interactions held in January 2016 in Basel, Switzerland and Viruses 2018 - Breakthroughs in Viral Replication, held in February 2018 in Barcelona.

We very much look forward to seeing you at this exciting meeting in Barcelona.

Dr. Eric O. Freed and Dr. Albert Bosch
Viruses 2020 Chairs
Sponsored by:

Conference Secretariat

Dr. Lucia Russo
Dr. Giada Trezzi
Ms. Man Luo
Tel. +34 93 639 7662

Sponsoring Opportunities

For information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact viruses2020@mdpi.com, Tel. +34 93 639 7662

Conference Chairs


Dr. Eric O. Freed

National Cancer Institute, NIH - Frederick, MD, USA Website


Dr. Albert Bosch

Enteric Virus Laboratory, School of Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain Website

Keynote Speakers


Professor Peter Palese

Department of Microbiology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

DETAILS
Bio
Peter Palese’s research is in the area of RNA-containing viruses with a special emphasis on influenza viruses. He established the first genetic maps for influenza A, B, and C viruses and was a pioneer in the field of reverse genetics for negative strand RNA viruses. His research is currently focused on the development of a universal influenza virus vaccine. Palese is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Invited Speakers


Dr. Michelle Flenniken

Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State University, MT, USA

DETAILS
Talk
Honey Bee Viruses, Colony Health, and Antiviral Defense
Bio
Michelle Flenniken is an Assistant Professor in the Plant Sciences Department at Montana State University. She is a microbiologist investigating honey bee host–pathogen interactions and Co-Director of the Pollinator Health Center at MSU. Michelle received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Iowa, then was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, before obtaining her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Montana State University. She did postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco prior to becoming a faculty member at MSU. Dr. Flenniken serves as an Editor for Viruses and Apidologie, and reviewer for numerous journals and funding agencies. The Flenniken laboratory is supported by the National Science Foundation CAREER Program, the Montana Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant program, and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Previous support includes grants from the United States Department Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (USDA-NIFA-

Dr. Cristina Risco

Cell Structure Lab, Department of Macromolecular Structures, National Center for Biotechnology, Madrid, Spain

DETAILS
Talk
Imaging virus factories
Bio
Dr. Cristina Risco is the head of the Cell Structure Lab at the National Center for Biotechnology in Madrid, Spain. She obtained her PhD in biology from the Complutense University of Madrid, conducted postdoctoral research at the National Cancer Institute (USA) and worked as a visiting scientist at the MPI (Germany), the Université P. et M. Curie and the I. Jacques Monod (France). Dr. Risco’s research makes use of current developments in imaging technology to study virus-host interactions.

Dr. Susan Weiss

Department of Microbiology, Perlman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

DETAILS
Talk
OAS-RNase L: an antiviral and pro-apoptotic pathway
Bio
Susan Weiss obtained her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University and did postdoctoral training in retroviruses at Univ of California, San Francisco. She is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her long-term research interest is in coronavirus pathogenesis, with current focus on virus antagonism of the host innate immune response. Additional recent interests include Zika virus-host interactions and pathogenic effects of host endogenous dsRNA.

Professor Rotem Sorek

Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

DETAILS
Talk
The immune system of bacteria - CRISPR and beyond
Bio
Rotem Sorek is a Professor of microbial genomics and systems biology at the Department of Molecular Genetics, the Weizmann Institute of Science. He studies the interactions between bacteria and the viruses that infect them (phages). The Sorek team discovered that phages can use small-molecule communication in order to coordinate their infection dynamics – representing the first discovery of small molecule communication between viruses. His studies also focus on deciphering the molecular mechanisms providing bacteria with protection against phages, collectively known as the "immune system" of bacteria. Specifically, Sorek discovered key mechanisms in the functionality of the CRISPR-Cas system, which is the adaptive immunity system of microbes, as well as reported a large number of new anti-phage defense systems that are widespread in microbial genomes.

Professor Diane E. Griffin

W. Harry Feinstone Dept Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA

DETAILS
Talk
³Alphavirus encephalomyelitis: determinants of outcome²
Bio
Diane E. Griffin MD, PhD is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of the US National Academy of Sciences. She has a BA from Augustana College and MD and PhD from Stanford University. Her research addresses virus virulence and the role of the immune response in pathogenesis of alphavirus and measles virus infections.

Dr. Stacy M. Horner

Center for RNA Biology, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, NC, USA

DETAILS
Talk
Epitranscriptomic Regulation of Flaviviridae Infection
Bio
Dr. Stacy M. Horner is an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Medicine in the Departments of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Medicine. She also serves as the Co-director for the Duke Center for RNA Biology. Dr. Horner received her BA in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College. She received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Yale University, where she studied human papillomaviruses under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel DiMaio. Her postdoctoral research, sponsored by Irvington Institute Fellowship Program of the Cancer Research Institute, was with Dr. Michael Gale at the University of Washington, and focused on hepatitis C virus regulation of antiviral innate immunity. Dr. Horner joined the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine in 2013. Research in her laboratory is defining the virus-host interactions that control the outcome of infection to hepatitis C virus and other viruses in the Flaviviridae family. She and her team are identifying the molecular mechanisms of how these viruses activate and evade hos

Dr. Graham F. Hatfull

University of Pittsburgh

DETAILS
Talk
Collusion between temperate phages and their hosts
Bio
Diane E. Griffin MD, PhD is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of the US National Academy of Sciences. She has a BA from Augustana College and MD and PhD from Stanford University. Her research addresses virus virulence and the role of the immune response in pathogenesis of alphavirus and measles virus infections.

Registration

The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunches, conference bag and program book.

Participation to the conference is considered final only once the registration fees have been paid. The number of participants is limited: once the number of paid registrations reaches the maximum number of participants, unpaid registrations will be cancelled.

Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 10 December 2019. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not complete by this date.

Authors with multiple contributions: Please note that one author registration will cover only ONE accepted contribution. Authors presenting more than 1 contribution during the event will be charged 50 euro per additional abstract (e.g., 1 author with 2 abstracts: registration fee + 50 euro; 2 authors with 3 abstracts: 2 registration fees + 50 euro; etc.)

Certificate of Attendance: Upon request, the participants of the event will receive an electronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.

Conference Dinner: A Gala Dinner will be served on Thursday, 6th February. Please note that the conference fee does not include this social event. Therefore, if you plan to attend the dinner, please make sure you select this extra when registering to the conference (Price per person: €50). Other social/networking events to be announced soon!

Registration fees*:

*for SEV members (Sociedad Española de Virología) 400 EUR

Price early Price normal Price late Required documents
Academic 600.00 EUR 700.00 EUR 800.00 EUR
Student 400.00 EUR 400.00 EUR 500.00 EUR Scanned copy or photograph of your current student ID is required
Editorial Board Members of Viruses 350.00 EUR 450.00 EUR 550.00 EUR
Non Academic 900.00 EUR 1000.00 EUR 1100.00 EUR
Early price valid until: 15/11/2019   Late price valid from: 24/01/2020  

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of paid registrations is possible under the terms listed below:

> 2 months before the conference Full refund but 60 EUR are retained for administration
> 1 month before the conference Refund 50% of the applying fees
> 2 weeks before the conference Refund 25% of the applying fees
< 2 weeks before the conference No refund

Disclaimer
We will endeavour to present the program advertised. However, MDPI and its partners reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, arrangements, timetables, plans, or other items relating directly or indirectly to the Viruses 2020 - Novels Concepts in Virology. MDPI and its partners are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such cancellation. Tours run by third parties may be subject to cancellation or alteration.

Insurance
The organizers do not accept liability for personal accident, loss, or damage to private property incurred as a result of participation in the Viruses 2020 - Novels Concepts in Virology. Delegates are advised to arrange appropriate insurance to cover travel, cancellation costs, medical, and theft or damage of belongings.

Photographs and/or video will be taken during the conference
By taking part in this event you grant the organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions/adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes. This might include (but not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases, etc.

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Currencies accepted by this conference

Euro, Swiss franc


Instructions for Authors

Instructions

The conference "Viruses 2020 – Novel Concepts in Virology" will accept abstracts only.

The accepted abstracts will be available online on Sciforum.net during and after the conference. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to contribute with a full manuscript to the special issue "Novel Concepts in Virology" in the journal Viruses.

To present your research at the event

  • Create an account on Sciforum if you do not have one, then click on ‘New Submission’ on the upper-right corner of the window, or by clicking on ‘Submit Abstract’ at the top of this webpage.
  • Indicate what thematic area is best suited for your research.
  • Submit an abstract in English - the word limits are: minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words.
  • The deadline to submit your abstract is 13 September 2019. You will be notified by 8 November 2019 about the acceptance for poster presentation.
  • Upon submission, you can select if you wish to also be considered for oral presentation. Following assessment by the Chairs, you will be notified by 8 November 2020 in a separate email whether your contribution has been accepted for oral presentation.
  • Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 10 December 2019. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not complete by this date.
  • Authors with multiple contributions: please note that one author registration will cover only ONE accepted contribution. Authors presenting more than 1 contribution during the event will be charged 50 euro per additional abstract (e.g., 1 author with 2 abstracts: registration fee + 50 euro; 2 authors with 3 abstracts: 2 registration fees + 50 euro; etc.).

Poster Information

Ten posters will be selected prior to the conference by the Scientific Committee, and the authors will have the opportunity to present their poster in a 3-min Flash Presentation during a special session that will take place on the first day of the conference. The Best Poster Award will be selected and granted to one of these ten posters.

Maximum poster size limited to 90 x 140 cm (width x height), vertical orientation (portrait). Please print your poster prior to the conference. A plan of the poster session will be circulated later on.

Publication Opportunities

  • All accepted abstracts will be available online in Open Access form on Sciforum.net.
  • Participants of this conference are cordially invited to contribute with a full manuscript to our Special Issue "Novel Concepts in Virology" in the journal Viruses.
  • The submission deadline for this special issue is 5 June 2020. Conference participants will be granted a 20% discount on the publication fees.
  • Viruses is indexed by the indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science), MEDLINE (PubMed) and other databases, and has an Impact Factor of 3.761 (2017).

Venue, Travel and Accommodation

VENUE

BARCELONA

Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and is Spain's second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people.

Located on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, this city has a rich and diverse history, with its roots dating back to Roman times. The fruitful medieval period established Barcelona's position as the economic and political centre of the Western Mediterranean. The city's Gothic Quarter bears witness to the splendour enjoyed by the city from the 13th to the 15th centuries.

The 20th century ushered in widespread urban renewal throughout Barcelona city, culminating in its landmark Eixample district, which showcases some of Barcelona's most distinctive Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista, buildings. The Catalan Antoni Gaudí, one of the most eminent architects, designed buildings such as La Pedrera, the Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família church, which have become world-famous landmarks.

In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought about a massive upturn in its tourism industry. For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where new elements work to both preserve and celebrate both the city’s heritage and origins.

Barcelona is plenty of outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums, and churches. The city is also very walkable, with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations.

For a complete overview, see wikitravel.org or visit barcelonaturisme.com.

THE AXA CONVENTION CENTRE

The AXA Convention Centre is located in a vibrant modern zone of the city, next to the main road and with easy access from the airport, as well as the urban and suburban areas.

It is part of the "L'Illa Diagonal", a modern complex which include a shopping centre, two 4-stars hotels, several offices, a sports centre, a public park and a parking with 2500 places.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 547, 08029 Barcelona (https://www.google.es/maps/AuditoriAxa)

TRAVEL

BY PLANE:

The international airport of Barcelona is called Barcelona-El Prat and is located 10 km far from the city centre. The airport is well connected to airport hubs in Europe and several locations around the world. For more information about the airport and flights, please visit the official website http://www.aena.es.

Once you get to the airport, you have several options to reach the city centre and/or the conference venue.

To the city centre:

- By shuttle bus: AEROBUS (http://www.aerobusbcn.com). This bus connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the city center (Pl. Catalunya) in 35 minutes. It runs every day of the year with departures every 5 minutes and cost 5,90 €.

- By train: TRAIN R2 NORD (http://rodalies.gencat.cat). This train connects the Terminal 2 of the airport with the city center (Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia). It runs every day of the year with departures every 30 minutes and cost 2,20 €.

- By taxi: taxis just outside the arrival area. The taxi from the airport to the city center (Plaza Catalunya) costs approximately 26 € during working days and 30 € during holidays, weekends and nights. Public taxis can apply four types of fares in Barcelona. These fares must be visible inside the taxi, and are usually printed on a sticker over the window. Finally, the amount payable must be indicated on the taximeter.

To the conference venue:

- By metro: LINE L9 (https://www.tmb.cat). This metro line connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the north-west of the city (Zona Universitària). From here you can take TRAM T1, T2, T3 (get off at L'Illa stop) or bus 7, 67 (get off at Diagonal - Entença stop) (https://www.tmb.cat). The metro from the airport costs 4,50 € and the tram or bus 2,20 €. You can buy the bus/tram ticket at the tram stop or on the bus.

- By taxi: taxis just outside the arrival area. The taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs approximately 23 € during working days and 26€ during holidays, weekends and nights.

BY TRAIN:

Barcelona Sants station is Barcelona's largest train station and provides rail services both in and around Barcelona and for the whole of Spain and beyond. For more information about the station and train service, please visit the official website http://www.renfe.com.

Once you get to the station, you have the following options to reach the conference venue:

- By bus: LINES V7 or 78 (https://www.tmb.cat)

- By taxi: taxis just outside the station. The taxi from the station to the conference venue costs about 8 €.

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