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Closing Speech by WSV President

 

See our full programme here: https://wsv2021.com/programme/

The World Society for Virology (WSV) is a non-profit organization established in 2017 to connect virologists around the world with no restrictions or boundaries, and without membership fees. The WSV brings together virologists regardless of financial resources, ethnicity, nationality or geographical location to build a network of experts across low-, middle- and high-income countries. To facilitate global interactions, the WSV makes extensive use of digital communication platforms. The WSV’s aims include fostering scientific collaboration, offering free educational resources, advancing scientists’ recognition and careers, and providing expert virology guidance. By fostering cross-sectional collaboration between experts who study viruses of humans, animals, plants and other organisms as well as leaders in the public health and private sectors, the WSV strongly supports the One Health approach. The WSV is a steadily growing society with currently more than 1,170 members from 86 countries across all continents. Members include virologists at all career stages including leaders in their field as well as early career researchers and postgraduate students interested in virology. The WSV has established partnerships with The International Vaccine Institute, the Elsevier journal Virology (the official journal of the WSV) and an increasing number of other organizations including national virology societies in China, Colombia, Finland, India, Mexico, Morocco and Sweden.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Chantal Abergel
 CNRS, France

Dr. D.L. (Bart) Haagmans
Erasmus MC, The Netherlands

Prof. Zhengli Shi
Wuhan Institute of Virology, China

Prof. Vincent Racaniello
Columbia University, USA

Prof. Linda Saif
The Ohio State University, USA

Prof. Stanley Perlman University of Iowa Health Care, USA
Dr. Anne Balkema-Buschmann Deputy Head of Institute / Laboratory Head, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany

Robert C. Gallo, MD
Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, and Co-Founder and International Scientific Advisor of the Global Virus Network (GVN)

Prof. Covadonga Alonso Martí
Professor of research at CSIC-INIA Dpt. Biotechnology

Prof. Murilo Zerbini
President of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV); Professor at UFV, Brazil

Dr Andrea Maria Marzi
NIAID Laboratory of Virology, USA

Prof. Edward Holmes
ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Australia

Prof. Marion Koopmans 
Head of the Viroscience Department of Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Jerome Kim 
Director General of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea

Dr Teresa de los Santos
Senior Scientist, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, USA

Prof. Jean Rommelaere
Honorary Professor, Clinical Cooperation Unit “Virotherapy”, DKFZ, Germany

Prof. Mylène Ogliastro
INRA Research Director,
University of Montpellier, France

Prof. Klaus Hedman
Professor in Clinical Virology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Prof. Marietjie Venter
Department Medical Virology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Prof. Hanu Pappu
Department of Plant Pathology. 
Washington State University, USA

Prof. Khatijah Yusoff
Professor in Microbiology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Prof. Heikki Hyöty
Professor of Virology, Tampere University, Finland

Prof. Kanta Subbarao
Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, University of Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Evgeny Nikolaev
Professor, Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering, Center for Translational Biomedicine, Skoltech, Russia

Prof. Neena Mitter
Centre Director, Centre for Horticultural Science, University of Queensland, Australia

Prof. James Van Etten
William Allington Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Dr Kristiina Mäkinen
University Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Prof Øystein Evensen
Professor, Department of Paraclinical Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Dr Karyn Johnson
Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Australia

Prof. Cameron Myhrvold
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, USA

Dr Mzia Kutateladze
Director, G. Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology, Georgia

Prof. Curtis Suttle
FRSC, Professor, Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia, Canada

Prof. Stephanie Karst
Associate professor, Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, USA

Dr. Egbert Mundt
Executive Director New Biological Entities, Global Innovation Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, France

Prof. Christina Wege
Head of Research Unit Molecular & Synthetic Plant Virology, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Dr. Fabien Zoulim
Professor of Medicine, Lyon University, Scientific Director, Viral Hepatitis Research Laboratory, INSERM, France

Prof. Kari Nadeau
Naddisy Foundation Professor of Pediatric Food Allergy, Immunology and Asthma, Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford, USA

Prof. Neil Ferguson
Vice-Dean (Academic Development), Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

Dr. Emilia Liana Falcone
Director, IRCM Post-COVID-19 research clinic; Director, Microbiome and Mucosal Defense Research Unit, IRCM, Canada

Prof. Sylvain Moineau
Canada Research Chair in Bacteriophages, Université Laval, Canada

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Steering Committee
Ahmed Abdel-Moneim
Anupam Varma
Flor Pujol
Maria Söderlund-Venermo
Marietjie Venter
Michael Nevels
Richard Kuhn

Scientific Organizing Committee
Ahmed Abdel-Moneim
Anupam Varma 
Deyin Guo
Douglas Gladue
Elsayed Abdelwhab
Emma Poole
Eric Delwart
Flor Pujol
Hanu Pappu

Janusz Tadeusz Paweska
Jerome Kim
Jesus Romalde
Laura Kramer
Maria Söderlund-Venermo
Mariana Baz
Marietjie Venter
Michael Nevels
Modra Murovska
Richard Kuhn

Rosa M. del Angel
Sayeh Ezzikouri
Vikram Vakharia
Vinod Joshi
William Wilson
Yashpal Malik
Yigang Tong
Zhengli Shi 

Finance Committee
Marietjie Venter
Matthew Moore
Michael Nevels
Zhengli Shi