Apr 19 – 22, 2023
German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
Europe/Berlin timezone

Scientific Program

  • Genome sequencing & bioinformatics

    • New sequencing technologies and methods, and their application to the analysis of virus genomes.
    • Innovations and improvements to bioinformatic pipelines for processing virus sequence data. (Note, new computational methods for post-processing analysis of sequence data may be more suitable for the Software track.)
  • Zoonoses & emerging infections

    • Using phylogenetic analysis to reconstruct host-switch events associated with the origin of novel human viruses.
    • Estimating the time of origin for a virus species using molecular clock methods.
    • Reconstructing the evolving spatial distribution of virus populations over time (phylogeography)
    • Reconstructing the rates of spread over time using phylodynamic methods.
  • Transmission dynamics & clusters

    • Phylodynamic and model-based estimation of transmission rates (basic/effective reproduction numbers) and related parameters.
    • Characterizing transmission risk factors: transmission cluster analysis, transmission pair studies.
    • Genomic epidemiology, outbreak detection by tracking genetic clusters.
    • Molecular source attribution.
  • Software, tools & methods

    • Development and validation of new software for studying human viruses.
    • Method comparison and benchmarking.
    • Database / web application announcements.
    • Advances in statistical and mathematical modeling methods.
  • Vaccines & immunology

    • Vaccine-driven virus evolution.
    • Dynamics of adaptive immunity.
    • Kinetics of the B and T cell repertoires.
  • Within host dynamics

    • Viral dynamics in primary infection.
    • Within-host genetic diversity and evolution.
    • Models of within-host viral and immune dynamics.
    • Drug resistance and effects of therapy on virus populations.
  • Antigenic evolution and immune escape

    • Identification of epitope sites.
    • Prediction of population-level spread of mutations.