The Australasian Virology Society

The Australasian Virology Society was incorporated in 2011 after 10 years operating as a special interest group, the Australian Virology Group, founded in 2001. AVG began as a regular biennial meeting whose aim was to provide a national forum and opportunity for those with interests in human, animal, plant or prokaryotic virology to meet and discuss wide-ranging issues from basic molecular virology to ecology, disease, diagnosis and control. This meeting is now a regular feature of the Australasian virology calendar. AVS is a natural extension of these activities with the Society’s aim being to encourage, promote and support the discipline of virology in the Australasian region.

The 8th Australian Virology Society (AVS) Meeting
6th -9th December 2015

Under the theme of “Virologists together” The 8th Australasian Virology Society (AVS) Meeting will be held from the 6-9th of December, 2015 back-to-back with the 11th Annual meeting of the Australian Centre for Hepatitis and HIV Virology (ACH2). The meeting aims to bring together virologists who explore every aspect of the field, from immunology to plant, animal and human infections and also bacteriophage biology.

As convener for the AVS meeting, I am delighted to announce that the conference will be held at the brand new exhibition centre of The Crown Plaza, Hunter Valley, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The venue lies right in the heartland of one of the greatest Semillon producing wine regions of the world and has a wealth of children’s activities and golf courses among other activities. It lies around two hours north of Sydney and an hour from Newcastle.

One of the primary aims of AVS is to foster interactions between various virology fields and to encourage participation by students. This is an opportunity for all those with interests in virology to discuss a wide range of issues and also come together as one in the face of emerging infectious diseases, such as ebola. We aim to bring forth ideas and collaborations in a relaxed environment. The meeting will attract between 300 - 350 delegates. All AVS meetings have had extremely positive feedback from all those who attended. It should provide an ideal opportunity to target a diverse group of researchers.

For the first time, two of the major conferences held on virology in the region will be united to form a five-day virology extravaganza exploring every aspect virology. The joining of the two meetings provides opportunities to both invite several international experts in the field of virology, and brings together more virologists than ever before. The overlap day for the two meetings will be Wednesday the 9th December 2015, with the ACH2 meeting continuing through to Friday 11th lunchtime.

Professor Peter White - Chair - Organising Committee University of New South Wales