Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME) 2022

August 21, 2022 – August 26, 2022 all-day
Panama City, Panama

The 26th International Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME2022) will be organized in Ciudad del Saber (, Panama City, Panama, during August 21–26, 2022. The workshop comprises 6 full days of theoretical lectures, practical sessions and keynote presentations.

This workshop gathers several paramount important researchers in the bioinformatics field worldwide, which gives you deep knowledge of the practical and theoretical concepts of bioinformatics. You will be well qualified to answer your academic questions and give feedback to peers as well as society, contributing to the advancement of science and public health.

The “Phylogenetic Inference” module offers theoretical background and hands-on experience in phylogenetic analysis for those who have little or no prior expertise in sequence analysis. The “Evolutionary Hypothesis Testing” module is targeting participants who are well familiar with alignments and phylogenetic trees and would like to extend their expertise to likelihood and Bayesian inference in phylogenetics, coalescent and phylogeographic analyses (‘phylodynamics’). The “NGS Analysis” module will cover the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data of viruses and metagenomics. And for the first time, the VEME will have a new module entitled “From Trees to Public Health Policy“, which aims to support decision-making for public health managers in the face of surveillance, to better prepare to respond to epidemics and pandemics.

Practical sessions in these modules will involve software such as, PHYML, MEGA, PAML, HYPHY, IQ-Tree, BEAST, SpreaD3, UGENE, MEGAN, RAxML, Clusterpicker, BEAST2, RDP4, FigTree, Genome Detective, among others.

We ask participants to bring their own data set to work on during practical sessions and suggest to The Phylogenetic Handbook if they look for basic guidance.

EVBC members involved:

  • Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium (Scientific organizing committee)
  • Philippe Lemey, Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium (Scientific organizing committee)