The programme for all invited keynote speakers can be viewed below. 
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All submitted talks will be grouped into the programme after the submission deadline.

  • Day 01 | Wednesday, 16 June
  • Day 02 | Thursday, 17 June
  • Day 03 | Friday, 18 June
  • Submitted Talks
Plenary 1: SARS-CoV-2: evolution and control Session Chairs: Deyin Guo and Zhengli Shi 
Time (UTC/GMT) Speaker, Institute, Country Topic
12:45 – 13:00 Maria Söderlund-Venermo: WSV Vice President, Europe, and Head of the Scientific Organising Committee Ahmed Sayed Abdel-Moneim: WSV Founding President Richard Kuhn: WSV President-Elect Anupam Varma: WSV President Welcome session
13:00 – 13:05 Introduction of keynote speakers
13:05 – 13:30 Zhengli Shi, Wuhan Institute of Virology, China From SARS-CoV to SARS-CoV-2, understanding of interspecies infection of bat coronaviruses
13:30 – 13:55 Marion Koopmans, Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands Searching for the origins of SARS-CoV-2
13:55 – 14:20 Neil M Ferguson, Imperial College London, UK How vaccines and variants are shaping epidemiology and policy in the COVID-19 pandemic
14:20 – 14:45 Jerome Kim, International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea COVID-19 vaccines: Taking a shot beyond efficacy
14:45 – 15:05 Q&A common discussion for all 4 speakers
Plenary 2: COVID-19pathogenesis and immune responses Session Chairs: Ziad Memish and Ilkka Julkunen
15:20 – 15:25 Introduction of keynote speakers
15:25 – 15:50 Stanley Perlman, University of Iowa Health Care, USA Animal models for COVID-19
15:50 – 16:15 Bart Haagmans, Erasmus MC, Netherlands Pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2
16:15 – 16:40 Kari Nadeau, Stanford University, USA Reactive immune responses to COVID and its vaccines
16:40 – 17:05 Emilia Liana Falcone, Montréal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM), Canada The post-COVID-19 condition: from clinical evaluation to pathophysiology through the researcher’s lens.
17:05 – 17:25 Q&A live common discussion for all 4 speakers.

Plenary 3: From small to giant through the ages

Session Chairs: Eric Delwart and Rosa Del Angel

Time (UTC/GMT)Speaker, Institute, CountryTopic
13:00–13:05 Introduction of keynote speakers
13:05–13:30Vincent Racaniello, Columbia University, USAEnteroviruses and childhood paralysis
13:30–13:55Chantal Abergel,  CNRS, FranceThe concept of virus in the giant virus era
13:55–14:20Edward Holmes, University of Sydney, AustraliaThe RNA virosphere: From ecosystems to emergence
14:20–14:45Murilo Zerbini,  ICTV,  BrazilContagium vivum fluidum: Virus taxonomy from the origins of virology until the 21st century
14:45–15:00Q&A common discussion for all 4 speakers

Parallel session 1: Avian and aquatic viruses

Session Chairs: Mariana Baz and Vikram Vakharia

15:15–15:20 Introduction of keynote speakers
15:20–15:45Kanta Subbarao, University of Melbourne, AustraliaInterspecies transmission of avian influenza viruses
15:45–16:10Khatijah Yusoff, Universiti Putra Malaysia, MalaysiaRepurposing engineered Newcastle disease virus in modern vaccinology
16:10–16:35Egbert Mundt, Boehringer Ingelheim, GermanyInfectious Bursal Disease Virus: Deep understanding of viral molecular biology supports controlling the disease
16:35–17:00Øystein Evensen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NorwayFish viral vaccines for global aquaculture
17:00–17:15Q&A common discussion for all 4 speakers
Parallel session 2: Plant viruses

Session Chairs: Anupam Varma and Hanu Pappu
15:15–15:20 Introduction of keynote speakers
15:20–15:45Neena Mitter, University of Queensland, AustraliaRNAi in a drum: Can it work for viruses?
15:45–16:10Kristiina Mäkinen, University of Helsinki, FinlandA viral ribonucleoprotein complex guards potato virus A RNA genome all the way from replication to stable particle formation
16:10–16:35Hanu Pappu, Washington State University, USAContinued threat of tospoviruses: New insights into virus-host interactions and RNAi strategies
16:35–17:00James Van Etten, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USAChloroviruses have a sweet tooth
17:00–17:15Q&A common discussion for all 4 speakers
Parallel session 3: New winds in virus diagnostics

Session Chair: Matthew Moore and Maria Söderlund-Venermo
15:15–15:20 Introduction of keynote speakers
15:20–15:45Klaus Hedman, University of Helsinki, FinlandFRET-POC – a revolutionary immunodiagnostic concept
15:45–16:10Evgeny Nikolaev, Center for Translational Biomedicine, Skoltech, RussiaIdentification of the SARS-CoV-2 virus by mass spectrometry
16:10–16:35Christina Wege, University of Stuttgart, GermanyPlant virus-based nanotools: Novel functionality and shapes for biosensing
16:35–17:00Cameron Myhrvold, Princeton University, USAMassively multiplexed CRISPR-based viral diagnostics
17:00–17:15Q&A common discussion for all 4 speakers


Plenary 4: One Health, One World
Session Chairs: Laura Kramer and Marietjie Venter
Time (UTC/GMT)Speaker, Institute, CountryTopic
13:00-13:05 Introduction of keynote speakers
13:05-13:30Curtis Suttle, University of British Columbia, CanadaUnveiling the virosphere
13:30-13:55Andrea Marzi, NIAID Laboratory of Virology, USAFighting the beast – a vaccine against Ebola virus
13:55-14:20Linda Saif, The Ohio State University, USACOVID-19 and global emerging coronaviruses of humans and animals
14:20-14:45Robert Gallo, University of Maryland, USAHIV: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
14:45-15:00Q&A live common discussion for all 4 speakers
Parallel session 1: Animal viruses
Session Chairs: William Wilson and Michael Nevels
15:15-15:20 Introduction of keynote speakers
15:20-15:45Anne Balkema-Buschmann, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, GermanyBats as reservoirs for henipaviruses
15:45-16:10Marietjie Venter, University of Pretoria, South AfricaOne Health investigations of West Nile virus lineage 2 in South Africa
16:10-16:35Teresa de los Santos, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, USAFMDV modulation of the host immune response
16:35-17:00Covadonga Alonso, INIA, SpainInsights in viral uncoating and fusion
17:00-17:15Q&A live common discussion for all 4 speakers
Parallel session 2: Clinical virology
Session Chairs: Flor Pujol and Kristina Broliden 
15:15-15:20 Introduction of keynote speakers
15:20-15:45Heikki Hyöty, Tampere University, FinlandEnteroviruses and diabetes
15:45-16:10Fabien Zoulim, Lyon University, FranceThe path towards a cure of chronic HBV infection
16:10-16:35Jean Rommelaere, DKFZ, GermanyTumor suppression by oncolytic parvoviruses: from bench to bedside and back
16:35-17:00Stephanie Karst, University of Florida, USAHost and microbial regulation of norovirus pathogenesis
17:00-17:15Q&A live common discussion for all 4 speakers
Parallel session 3: Phage and insect viruses
Session Chair: Yigang Tong and Mylene Ogliastro
15:15-15:20 Introduction of keynote speakers
15:20-15:45Karyn Johnson, University of Queensland, AustraliaAntiviral defences in insects: The impact of miRNA
15:45-16:10Myléne Ogliastro, University of Montpellier, FranceDensoviruses for insect biocontrol: something old, something new
16:10-16:35Sylvain Moineau, Université Laval, CanadaThe ongoing battle between phages and CRISPR-Cas systems
16:35-17:00Mzia Kutateladze, Eliava Institute, GeorgiaPhage Therapy: Experience and Perspectives
17:00-17:15Q&A live common discussion for all 4 speakers