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Europic is the world premier virology conference that focuses on studies of picornaviruses. This family of important human and animal pathogens includes enteroviruses (e.g. poliovirus, rhinoviruses, EV-A71, EV-D68), hepatitis A virus and foot-and-mouth disease virus, as well as many other viruses whose number is growing by day with new discoveries.

The programme will include plenary talks from international experts along with shorter offered papers and poster sessions.

The topics covered will include picornavirus diversity and evolution, virus dissemination in the infected host, host reaction to picornavirus infection, virus–cell interactions, virus structure, the molecular mechanisms of the viral life cycle, molecular epidemiology and emergence of picornaviruses, ongoing surveillance and advances in clinical virology including diagnostics, vaccines and antiviral agents to control picornavirus infections.

Organising committee

  • Nicola Stonehouse (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Peter Simmonds (University of Oxford, UK
  • Heli Harvala (NHS Blood and Transplant, UK)
  • Toby Tuthill (The Pirbright Institute, UK)
Journal of General Virology. Find out more about the Picornaviridae family in the Journal of General Virology ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile.

Image credit: iStock/Dr_Microbe


The programme for Europic 2022 will be announced shortly. Please see the invited speaker tab to find our which invited speakers will be presenting.

Invited Speakers

The programme of invited speaker for the meeting includes:

  • Marga Pons-Salort (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Jan Felix Drexler (German Center for Infection Research, Germany)
  • Sir Dave Stuart (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Varpu Marjomäki (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
  • Raul Andino (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
  • Frank van Kuppeveld (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Bryan Charleston (Pirbright Institute, UK)
  • Katja Wolthers (Amsterdam Universitair Medische Centra, Netherlands)
  • Cara Burns (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)
  • Sebastian Johnston (Imperial College London, UK)
Abstracts and Posters

Abstract submission for Europic 2022 is now open. 

Submissions close on 17 March 2022.

Submit your abstract


Abstract submissions are welcome on all areas of picornavirus research. Please select from one of the following categories that is most relevant to your work when submitting your abstract:

  • Virus epidemiology and emergence
  • Picornavirus diversity and evolution
  • Virus entry and structure
  • Translation and replication
  • Virus–host interactions and immune response
  • Pathogenesis
  • Ongoing surveillance and advances in clinical virology, including diagnostics, vaccines and antiviral agents to control picornavirus infections.

All offered oral and poster presentations will be selected from the abstracts submitted. Once submissions are closed, they will be reviewed by the organising committee, and submitters will be notified of the outcome via email by 25 April 2022.

By submitting an abstract to this meeting, you are indicating to the Organising Committee your commitment to attend the event in person.

Abstract guidance

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips on how to write a great abstract, which can be downloaded below:

How to write a great abstract.pdf


Please note that the abstract is the only information the meeting organisers use when deciding whether to accept your work for presentation as an offered oral or poster. If accepted, it will also be published in the digital abstract book for the meeting, so think carefully about what needs to be included.


Registration is now open and Early bird discounted rates are available until 4 March 2022.

What's included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • BBQ and arrival drinks on Sunday evening
  • Four nights’ accommodation at the Harrogate Majestic Hotel and Spa from 58 June
  • Tea, coffee and refreshments
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Conference dinner on Wednesday evening
  • Excursion on Wednesday afternoon (details to be confirmed)
  • Drinks receptions on Monday and Tuesday evening
  • Digital certificate of participation (upon request)
Registration rates

The student and early career researcher rate is available to those that that are currently studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or are currently working in a position within five years or achieving their highest degree.

Residential - Single Occupancy

Early bird

 Full price

Full rate 



Students and early career researcher 




Residential – Shared Occupancy*

Limited to 40 places

Early bird

 Full price

Full rate 



Students and early career researcher 



* Rooms offered on a shared occupancy basis will include two separate beds. Those wishing to register for shared occupancy of a hotel room must identify the person they will be sharing the room with and registration for both delegates must be completed in the same booking.

If you have a question relating to accommodation or wish to discuss any specific requirements, please email [email protected]

Registration confirmation 

Upon registration, you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact [email protected] if after 24 hours this has not been received. 

Payment information 

All registration fees must be paid in full before the start of the event. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before any joining instructions containing information on how to access the event are sent out. 

Event cancellation

We are aware of ongoing uncertainty around event attendance as the pandemic continues. While we plan for 2022 events to take place in-person (unless specified otherwise), should the Council of the Microbiology Society be forced to announce the cancellation of an event in the interests of public health, we will refund all registration fees in full.

Grants & Professional Development

Europic Bursaries will be made available for students and early career researchers that are presenting at the meeting. Those wishing to apply for a bursary should express their interest when submitting an abstract.

Further details about the amount of funding available and the application process will be made available nearer the time of the meeting.

Society Conference Grants and Travel Grants funded by the Microbiology Society will also be available to support eligible Society members wishing to attend this Focused Meeting. Further details will be made available shortly.

Destination, Accommodation & Travel
About Harrogate

Harrogate is a Victorian spa town, surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is home to Betty’s tearooms, Turkish baths dating back to the 1890s and Royal Horticultural Society Gardens. There will be an opportunity to explore some of the local area during the meeting – details to follow.

For those looking to extend their stay in Harrogate, you can find out more about local amenities, tours, cultural attractions and more at the Visit Harrogate website.


Europic 2022 will be taking place at the Harrogate Majestic Hotel and Spa.

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa
Ripon Road

All residential registration rates include four nights’ accommodation at the Harrogate Majestic Hotel and Spa, from Sunday 5 – Wednesday 8 June. Check in is available from 4pm and the check out time is 12 noon. You will receive further information about checking in and accessing the accommodation closer to the time of the meeting.


Harrogate is well connected by road and rail transport and is accessible by air travel from within the UK and overseas destinations.

The Harrogate Majestic Hotel and Spa is conveniently located within a five minute walk of the city centre.

Air: The closest airport to Harrogate is Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). Daily flights operate from London Heathrow to LBA and there are also regular international flights from international locations, including Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin. To get from LBA to Harrogate, there is an Airport Direct 747 bus, which run ever hour. Alternatively, taxis are available from airport.

Some international flights also operate to Manchester Airport. Rail services are available from Manchester to Harrogate, with a connections via Leeds Station.

Rail: Harrogate is served by regular train services from both the North and South of the UK. For those flying into or travelling from London, Direct LNER train services operate regularly between London King’s Cross and Harrogate Station.

Road: for those traveling by car, please use the postcode HG1 2HU to be directed to the Harrogate Majestic Hotel and Spa. Onsite car parking is available at the hotel and is included in the event registration free. Parking spaces are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.




Sponsorship opportunities will be made available for this meeting and the sponsorship pack outlining the available packages will be available shortly. If you would like to find out more or register your interest at this stage please email [email protected]