25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Virology

18–21 March 2015 in Bochum/Germany

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Welcome Note

Prof. Dr. Klaus Überla

Dear colleagues,

It was a great pleasure to welcome you in Bochum to our 25th Annual Meeting of the Society
for Virology.

We have heard exciting new research results from renowned and junior scientists. In our first plenary session on „Global viruses“ the talks ranged from viral evolution to current vaccine attempts for the control of the recent Ebola outbreak. We have heard about surprising properties of novel viral vector vaccines (plenary session 2) and high-throughput approaches for a more comprehensive understanding of virus-host interactions (plenary session 3). Another plenary session and a satellite symposium were devoted to antiviral immune responses. I am sure, there have been many more interesting contributions for all of us that were discovered in the workshops and poster sessions. I would also like to point out the discussion we had on dual use research of concern and consequences of current plans for its regulation.

This year, we also celebrated the silver jubilee of the Society for Virology. The founding president, Prof. Bernhard Fleckenstein, gave us some reminiscences of the early days of our Society during the opening ceremony. A highlight as every year, was the presentation of prizes for the Löffler-Frosch Award and the Löffler-Frosch Medal.

I would like to thank the exhibitors and sponsors for their support, the speakers and chairs for their engagement and all participants for their attendance!

With kind regards,
Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Klaus Überla
Conference Chair