Keynote Speakers

Structural virology


Germán Andrés, Spain: "Assembly and disassembly of African Swine Fever virus".

Germán Andrés, PhD, is a senior researcher in cell biology and virology, with emphasis on African swine fever virus morphogenesis. He is head of the Electron Microscopy Unit at the Center of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa (CBMSO), Madrid, Spain

Virus evolution

Scott Weaver, USA: "Evolution of arboviruses".

Scott C. Weaver, M.S., Ph.D. is Director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of mosquito-borne viruses and on vaccine development for alphaviruses..

Sylvain Gandon, France: "Virulence evolution-during epidemics"

Sylvain Gandon is an evolutionary biologist with a broad general interest ranging from theoretical population genetics, and mathematical epidemiology, to behavioural and evolutionary ecology. He combines theoretical and experimental approaches to study the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions.

Cutting-edge diagnosis (shared EPIZONE/ESVV session)


Jean-Claude Manuguerra, France: “New development in diagnosis of viral infections”

Jean-Claude Manuguerra is a veterinary virologist, head of the Research and Expertise Unit "Environment and Infectious risks" (2013) at Institut Pasteur (IP), which harbours the Laboratory for Urgent Response to Biological Threats  since 2002.

Vaccines and antivirals


Peter Palese, USA: "The quest for a pan-influenza vaccine".

Peter Palese is a virologist with emphasis on influenza. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.


Linda J Saif, USA: "Elusive coronavirus vaccines: Maternal vaccination strategies for PEDV and lessons from TGEV".

Linda Saif is a virologist/immunologist whose research focuses on enteric and respiratory viral infections of swine and cattle (coronaviruses, rotaviruses, caliciviruses),mucosal immunity and vaccines, and animal models of human disease.  

 She is a Distinguished University Professor in the Food Animal Health Research Program and Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine of The Ohio State University, USA. 

Epidemiology, risk assessment and modelling


Beatriz Martínez-López, USA: "Realtime surveillance and risk assessment".

Beatriz Martínez_López is professor of infectious disease epidemiology and Director of the Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) at the University of California, Davis. Her current research focus on risk assessment, modeling and economic evaluation of infectious diseases at the domestic-wildlife-human interface.

Emerging virus


Marc Eloit, Pathoquest, Paris: "Virus discovery by metagenomics".

Marc Eloit DVM, is the head of Laboratory for Pathogen Discovery at Institut Pasteur and President, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of PathoQuest, a new generation Molecular Diagnostics company that offers a game changing approach using the combination of NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) and Bioinformatics / Database tools for the identification of pathogens. He is also Professor of virology at the French National Veterinary School at Maisons-Alfort with over 25 years of experience in academic research (INRA-AFSSA-ENVA and Institut Pasteur). Marc has authored or co-authored over 95 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Host species jumps


Pablo Murcia, UK: "The impact of evolution and ecology on host species jumps".

Pablo Murcia is a veterinary virologist who combines classical virology with molecular and evolutionary biology to understand the mechanisms that underpin viral emergence. He works at the University of Glasgow, Centre for Virus Research.

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