Jun 19 – 22, 2024
Squamish, BC, Canada
Canada/Pacific timezone
This conference is now SOLD OUT for in-person registration. Virtual registration is still available.

Scientific Programme

  • Genomics & 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.
    • Environmental metagenomics, including wastewater sequencing.
    • Note: new computational methods that could be incorporated into a pipeline 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.
    • Dynamics and evolution of emerging viruses.
  • Transmission dynamics & clusters

    • Characterizing transmission risk factors: transmission cluster analysis, transmission pair studies.
    • Genomic epidemiology, outbreak detection by tracking genetic clusters.
    • Molecular source attribution.
  • Phylodynamics & phylogeography

    • Reconstructing the evolving spatial distribution of virus populations over time (phylogeography)
    • Phylodynamic and model-based estimation of transmission rates (basic/effective reproduction numbers) and related parameters.
  • 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.
  • Within-host dynamics & adaptation

    • Viral dynamics in primary infection, transmission bottlenecks.
    • Viral latency.
    • Within-host genetic diversity, compartmentalization.
    • Models of within-host viral and immune dynamics.
    • Drug resistance and effects of therapy on virus populations.
  • Vaccines & immune escape

    • Vaccine-driven virus evolution and predictive vaccine design.
    • Dynamics of adaptive immunity.
    • Antigenic and epitope evolution in viral proteins.