26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Virology

6–9 April 2016 | Münster (Germany)

Conference Details

Welcome Note

Prof. Dr. Stephan Ludwig

Dear colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Virology held from 6–9 April 2016 in Münster, Germany.

The meeting will be hosted by the Westphalian-Wilhelms-University and will take place in the main lecture hall building at the Schlossplatz, directly opposite of the Münster castle and in close proximity to the historical city center of Münster.

The University of Münster is one of the four largest universities in Germany with 43,000 students to date. The high number of students, university teachers and scientists that dominate the city not only creates a stimulating atmosphere of creativity and scientific curiosity, it also guarantees for the existence of a wide variety of pubs, bistros and restaurants that are waiting for you for vivid and stimulating after-meeting discussions.

The scientific programme will stand under the main theme “Viruses in Motion”. This theme will be reflected in plenary sessions such as “Visualising Viruses” that will be organised together with the Münster Cluster of Excellence “Cells in Motion” and will focus on high-resolution imaging of the dynamics of virus replication. Another plenary session “Evolution of Viruses – Viruses in Evolution” organised together with the Münster Graduate School of Evolution will focus on the evolutionary motion of viral pathogens including their role in evolution of higher organisms. Other sessions will highlight emerging pathogens as well as the interaction of viruses with the host and immune system. Of course, every other topic in virology will also be covered in workshops and poster sessions. Since a major aim of the meeting is to provide a platform for young scientists to present their results and ideas, we particularly welcome next generation´s researchers joining us and would like to encourage all senior virologists to promote their mentees´ attendance.

Many years ago, the city of Münster hosted a milestone event in history, when, after five years of meetings and negotiations, the Westphalian peace treaty was signed in 1648, which finally ended the Thirty Years’ War. Thus, Münster can claim a long-standing history to organise successful conferences. In that sense I am convinced that we will also have a very successful and stimulating 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Virology in our beautiful city.

The organising committee and I are looking forward to welcome you all here in Münster!

With kind regards,
Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Stephan Ludwig
Conference Chair