July 19, 2020 – July 24, 2020 all-day
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Postponed until late August, early September.

The 25th International Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME2020) will be organized in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. The workshop comprises 6 full days of theoretical lectures, practical sessions and keynote presentations; including a new optional Sunday program.

Combating viral spread and their associated disease burden is a tremendous challenge requiring significant research efforts and dedicated measures, informing public health, veterinary care, and agriculture strategies. Viral sequence data is a major asset in the characterization of pathogens. Understanding the processes that generate genetic diversity assists in the struggle against viral infections and enhances our understanding of past evolutionary and epidemiological events. It can also help in the identification of the origins of new epidemics, in monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic strategies, and eventually in predicting the behavior of viral epidemics. Advances in bioinformatics have led to improved approaches to investigating viral outbreaks that have been successfully applied to viruses including the Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV), the Ebola virus, the Dengue and Zika viruses, the Chikungunya virus and the Influenza virus.

The VEME workshop will provide both theoretical and practical training in phylogenetic inference and evolutionary hypothesis testing as applied in virology and molecular epidemiology. This covers sequence analysis, phylogenetics, phylodynamics methods, and large-scale methods for next-generation sequencing (NGS) analytics. VEME2020 will for the first time offer an optional introduction to using the command line on Sunday, and 2 additional half-day modules on Friday during which real-time data will be analysed and the results prepared for publication. The VEME workshop is recognized as one of the best international virus bioinformatics courses.

The workshops will together provide 90 virologists with intensive training in the mathematical principles and computer applications used in the study of virus evolution and for conducting detailed molecular epidemiological investigations. Selections will be made by the end of April. Participation is limited to 30 scientists in each 4-day module and is dependent on a selection procedure based on the submitted abstract and statement of motivation. The session on Sunday and the half-day modules on Friday will be open to an additional number of participants; you can apply for these sessions together with the 4-day modules or separately.

Visitors to Brazil must obtain a visa from one of the Brazilian diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries. European country passport holders do not require a VISA.

The registration fee of 900 Euro covers attendance, accommodation, lunches, dinners and coffee breaks for the entire 6-day event. Participation to the Sunday event only, and/or to the half-day modules on Friday only, is free of charge, but application is mandatory. A limited number of grants are available for scientists who experience difficulties to attend because of financial reasons. Thanks to the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, an additional number of Latin-American participants will receive a grant. Grants will cover travel and registration fee.

The abstract and application deadline is March 23rd