Virus Genomics and Evolution (Virtual Conference)

September 13th - 15th 2021


This meeting will provide a multidisciplinary forum for scientists interested in the genomics and evolutionary analysis of viruses and will address the fundamental questions of viral origins, transmission and pathogenesis.

Sessions will run online in afternoons for Europe and Africa | mornings for the Americas, enabling participation of evolutionary biologists, bioinformatics and public heath practitioners from across the globe.

Virus genome sequencing is now widespread and the conference will showcase advances in viral genomics, bioinformatics and sequencing technology. Genomic studies have provided major insights into the epidemiology transmission and pathogenesis of viral infections, and are increasingly being applied to patient management and public health. The conference will cover the genomics of epidemic and non-epidemic viruses, emerging viral infections and pathogen discovery.

This year’s meeting will focus on virus evolution, epidemics and outbreaks and emerging viral infections and zoonoses. We will also explore new technologies to analyse viruses and large datasets and discuss diagnostic methods to improve public health.


The conference will run from Monday 13 September until Wednesday 15 September 2021. Sessions will start at 13:00 BST (07:00 EST) and finish at approximately 18:00 BST (13:00 EST) each day.  See the time where you are here.

The topics covered include:

  • Virus evolution
  • Epidemics and outbreaks
  • Emerging viral infections and zoonoses
  • Diagnostics
  • Virus discovery
  • Public Health

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Katrina Lythgoe
University of Oxford, UK

Andrew Rambaut
University of Edinburgh, UK

Emma Thomson
University of Glasgow, UK

Keynote speakers

Martine Peeters
University of Montpellier, France

Chikwe Ihekweazu
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Nigeria

Confirmed speakers

A list of speakers will be announced shortly

Conference organiser

Jane Murphy, Scientific Programme Officer
Zoey Willard, Conference & Events Organiser

Registration and bursaries

The virtual registration package includes: Access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.  Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Thursday before the event.

Student £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Academic £100
Commercial £150

*To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here).

A number of registration bursaries are available from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.  Priority will be given to students and scientists from under-resourced regions.

To apply for a bursary (free registration), please send:

  • a letter explaining how you will benefit from attending the conference
  • a short CV

to the conference organiser by 30 Aug, 2021


We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

All those accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

Abstract deadline: 20 July 2021

How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

  1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
  2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
  3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
  4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.



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