Avian Infectious Diseases 2021 – a view from Twitter

Posted on September 23, 2021   by Alex Kubiakowska-Welch

The Microbiology Society’s third Focused Meeting of the year, Avian Infectious Diseases 2021, took place digitally on 15–17 September 2021. The aim of the event was to bring together the scientific community to help find solutions to the biggest challenges in avian infectious diseases and provide a forum for discussion not only on individual pathogens, but also on cross-cutting areas of relevance to multiple infections. Here, we look back on the three-day event with a view from Twitter.

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Day one

We were delighted to welcome delegates who work in the field of avian infectious diseases to our digital Focused Meeting. Day one consisted of talks surrounding the theme of molecular and cell biology, molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis and host response. 

Ahead of the meeting, there was much anticipation for the range of sessions and talks.


Following an introduction from organising committee members Dr Holly Shelton (The Pirbright Institute, UK) and Andrew Broadbent (University of Maryland, USA), presentations started.



It was great to be able to showcase some of the exciting research from our invited speakers…

…and recognise some of the fantastic ongoing work of microbiologists working in the field…

…before we concluded day one.

Day two

We welcomed delegates back to day two of the Focused Meeting with a focus on ‘Pathogenesis and pathogen – host interactions’.



As sessions commenced, it was wonderful to see the potential of current research outcomes…


…and to see our members and delegates enjoying the fantastic range of talks.


At the end of the day, we hosted a networking session…

…before we concluded the second day of the Focused Meeting.

Day three

Before we knew it, the final day of the Focused Meeting was upon us. Friday’s theme of sessions focused on the topic of ‘Control.’


After a brief introduction from organising committee member, Dr Holly Shelton, the final day commenced.




As the meeting drew to a close, we encouraged those with an interest in the field of avian infectious diseases to continue the conversation and check out our journal collection


…and it was fantastic to see that the event had a positive impact on those who helped organise and attend.



Thank you to all the organisers, invited speakers, presenters, sponsors and delegates who made the Avian Infectious Diseases Focused Meeting a great success.