Virus evolution on the mutualist - parasite continuum




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Registrations request without abstract submission will not be processed, except in specific

cases (i. g. for Publishers : please contact chairperson).


Chairperson: Samuel Alizon

Laboratoire MIVEGEC (CNRS, IRD, Université de Montpellier), IRD, 911 Avenue Agropolis, BP 64501 34394 Montpellier Cedex 5 France

Phone: +33 (0)4 48 19 18 67



Vice-chairperson: Paul Turner

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA

Phone: +1 203 432 5918



Since their discovery more than a century ago, viruses have been an object of fascination and controversy. For instance, their status as living organisms is often questioned but, at the same time, they are suspected of having played key roles in the evolution of life. Viruses are also widely feared, especially due to recent Zika and Ebola epidemics; however, they are increasingly used to fight diseases, for example via phage therapy or cancer treatment. Almost all of these risks and benefits stem from the ability of viruses to evolve rapidly, a property that allows them to emerge on new host species, resist drugs and evade vaccines, while also permitting rapid technological development.

Virus evolution is a useful feature for conducting basic and applied research. At the experimental level, rapid evolution provides efficient power to test general biological questions, for instance regarding the evolution of cooperation. At the more applied level, new technologies can be used to monitor real-time viral dynamics in biological systems. For instance, analysing whole-genomics is efficient for deciphering virus evolutionary history and epidemiology. In general, recent years have seen a growing appreciation of virus biodiversity and the roles that viruses may play in the functioning of natural environments and microbiota. Finally, the importance of viral evolution is increasingly recognized as crucial when designing public health policies. These many conceptual ideas and technological advances highlight that research on virus evolution is particularly timely.

This conference aims to encompass this wide variety of vital topics on virus evolution. In particular, the conference will bring together an international community of researchers that use various approaches (e.g., clinical research, mathematical modeling, laboratory experimental evolution, molecular biology, bioinformatics, immunology, biotechnology) to study a wide diversity of viruses that infect hosts including bacteria, protozoa, plants and animals. One of the goals will be to identify promising research questions for the field of virus evolution in the coming years.


Applications submission

Registration fee (including board and lodging)

460 € for PhD students
650 € for other participants

ESEB members are eligible for a discount if they can provide evidence of an up-to-date membership: 45 euros for students (registration fee: 415 euros) ; 70 euros for non-students (registration fee: 580 euros)

Information on subscription:

Application for registration   details here :
The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should deposit on line :

- their curriculum vitae
- the proof of their student status
- the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
- the abstract of their presentation:

The abstract must respect the following template: TemplateResumeFile
- First line: title
- Second line: list of authors. Presenting author underlined
- Third line: author's addresses
- Fourth line: e-mail of the presenting author
Abstracts should be no longer than an A4 page and preferably be submitted in Times New Roman, font size 10 pts. No figures. ".docx" file format.

After deadline, the organizers will select the participants. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.


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