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Infectious diseases continue to threaten the sustainability, productivity and growth of the poultry industry worldwide and some present a risk to public health. Many are also present in wild bird populations, with the potential to spill over into domestic birds. This meeting capitalises on the success of the previous Microbiology Society Focused Meeting entitled ‘Pathogenesis and Molecular Biology of Avian Viruses’ and expands the remit to include bacteria and parasites. In addition, while the meeting will continue to incorporate reports of molecular and cell biology, pathogenesis and host response, it will be expanded to include molecular epidemiology, host genetics, host range, and control. This will 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, for example the effect of immunosuppression on secondary infections, microbiota-pathogen interactions, and multivalent vaccines against several infections.

Key topics

  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Pathogenesis and host response
  • Host Genetics
  • Host Range
  • Control

Organising committee:

  • Holly Shelton (The Pirbright Institute, UK)
  • Andrew Broadbent (The Pirbright Institute, UK)
  • Roberto La Ragione (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Fiona Tomley (Royal Veterinary College, UK)

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels and you can follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #Avian2021


The programme for Avian Infectious Diseases 2021 will be announced in due course.

Abstracts & Posters

Abstract submission for the Avian Infectious Diseases 2021 meeting will open in Winter 2020.


Avian Infectious Diseases 2021 will be accessible remotely and will use virtual event technology to provide a comprehensively curated scientific programme for the conference.

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Exhibition & Sponsorship

Please contact exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org to enquire about exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.