Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the European Society for Clinical Virology, it is our pleasure to finally be able to invite you to the face to face 24th Annual Conference to be held in Manchester, UK on 7th-10th September 2022.

This meeting will be the first in-person meeting of ESCV since the pandemic began and after 3 full years we will finally be able to get together and share our unique experience of being clinical virologists in a pandemic. It will also provide a very welcome opportunity to think about and discuss all the many other interesting and important aspects of clinical virology that have been overshadowed by the attention demanding coronavirus!

We first invited you to Manchester for the 2020 meeting, and then for the 2021, and while we hope you enjoyed the virtual replacements for these meetings we intend to ensure that the 24th ESCV Annual Meeting will be a very special meeting. We will present an outstanding and balanced programme covering the most recent discoveries, innovations and state-of-the-art updates on current areas of interest to virologists.

Sessions will include the use of Next Generation Sequencing for virus discovery, Viral hepatitis, Emerging and re-emerging viral pathogens, Vaccines, Antivirals, Neurological viral infections, Immune response to viruses and of course SARS-CoV-2 and many other stimulating topics.

The meeting will provide an informative and engaging experience for established clinical virologists, for colleagues new to the area and for those in related fields with an interest in this exciting discipline that has such global importance.

This ESCV conference will be an excellent environment for catching up again with familiar colleagues (not on zoom!) and meeting new colleagues and collaborators in clinical virology. Manchester Central Convention Centre in the heart of our vibrant city is the perfect venue to host this much looked forward to meeting.

If you are unfamiliar with Manchester it is the UK’s second largest city and is ideally placed in the centre of the country with excellent communication links. Manchester is the original modern city. Once known as “Cottonopolis”, the World Centre for the cotton and textile trade it is now a thriving regenerated major city.

Manchester has always been strongly linked with science, the room in which Rutherford first split the atom is still in use at the University of Manchester, the World’s first passenger train ran from Manchester to the neighbouring city of Liverpool, the first computer and the first test-tube baby were both born here, and more recently the new wonder material graphene was discovered here. Now Manchester leads the way in many areas such as smart textiles, digital health, advances in cancer treatment, including the UK’s first proton beam therapy facility and quantum dot technology.

Modern Manchester provides an excellent conference destination, with straightforward access by air, rail or road. It has a compact and easy to walk around city centre with great shopping, entertainment and leisure options including many bars and cafes just a minutes walk from the conference centre. Manchester is renowned for its wonderful music scene and for those with an interest in it, we are also quite good at football (and cycling!).

We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester, UK in September 2022 for a wonderful scientific meeting and an overall thoroughly enjoyable non-virtual conference experience.

 

Pamela J. Vallely

Paul Klapper

Mariet C.W. Feltkamp

Conference Co-Chairs

ESCV President

 

Pamela J. Vallely

Paul Klapper

Mariet C.W. Feltkamp

Conference Co-Chairs

ESCV President

 

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