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The 2018 Focused Meeting on the Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses, in association with Journal of General Virology, will cover the following key topics:

  • Molecular biology and genetics of avian virus replication
  • Tropism and host range restriction
  • Host antiviral responses and virus immunomodulation
  • Emerging and variant viruses
  • New and improved approaches to the control of avian viruses
  • Pathogenesis of avian viruses

This event will take place from Monday 3 to Tuesday 4 September 2018 at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford, UK.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Professor Karen Beemon (Johns Hopkins University, USA) 
  • Dr Hui-Wen Chen (Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University)
  • Professor Janet Daly (University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, UK)
  • Professor Joanne Devlin (Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health, Australia)
  • Professor Paul Digard (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Professor Jiri Hejnar (Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic)
  • Dr Helene Verheije (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Dr Yongxiu Yao (The Pirbright Institute, UK)
  • Professor Steve Goodbourn (St George's, University of London, UK) 

Organising committee:

  • Mike Skinner (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Steve Goodbourn (St George’s, University of London, UK)
  • Jim Kaufman (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Stephen Prentice (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

If you would like to register your interest or have an inquiry, please email [email protected].

Follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc. Updates on Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses can be found using the hashtag: #Avian18.

Submit your article to the Avian Virus collection 

Call for papers now open! Journal of General Virology's Avian Virus collection is specially curated by Dr Mike Skinner and Professor Paul Britton. 

Articles are invited on the following topics:

  • Pathogenesis of avian viruses 
  • Host antiviral responses and virus immunomodulation 
  • New approaches to the control of avian viruses

To find out more visit the Journal of General Virology's website. See articles that have already been published here.

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Lecture View

Monday 03 September

Tuesday 04 September

Abstracts & Posters

The poster abstract book can be dowloaded below. 

Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses, poster abstract book

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

How to... write a great abstract

Please note that the abstract is the only information session 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 abstract book for the conference – so think carefully about what needs to be included.

Everyone is welcome to submit an abstract.


Those who are presenting a poster must ensure that their work is presented as below. We cannot accommodate incorrectly formatted posters during the meeting.

  • Poster size: A0 size 841mm(w) x 1189mm(h) – your poster must not exceed these measurements.
  • Poster layout MUST BE portrait orientation.
  • Posters will be displayed on poster boards measuring 1m(w) x 2m(h), one to a side.
  • Posters can ONLY be fixed by Velcro (provided at the meeting).

For tips on how best to prepare a poster presentation, please download the below guide:

How to... give a poster presentation

Oral presentations

In order to ensure your presentation runs smoothly, you are asked to comply with the following:

  • Please allow 12 minutes for your talk and three minutes for Q&A.
  • PowerPoint presentations - PC version – are brought to the meeting on a USB memory stick.
  • PowerPoint presentations - Mac version – can only be accepted if you bring your own laptop and connecting cables.

For tips on how best to prepare for an oral presentation, please download the below guide:

How to... give an oral presentation


What's included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Full access to scientific poster sessions
  • Lunch on all conference days
  • Tea and coffee breaks
  • Conference dinner on the Monday evening
  • A delegate bag and conference material
  • A conference programme guide
  • Access to an online poster abstract book
  • Certificate of attendance (available after the conference)
  • Important network opportunities
  • Drink tickets on Monday and Tuesday evenings during poster sessions
Conference rate

Registration categories

Early bird rate
Available until
5 August 2018
Full rate

*Full MicroBioSoc Member
residential(one night)

£380 £400

*MicroBioSoc Student Rate
residential (one night)

£280 £300

*Non Member residential
(one night)

£480 £500

Registration categories                      

Early bird rate
Available until
5 August 2018

Full rate

Full MicroBioSoc Member      £300 £320
MicroBioSoc Student Rate  £200 £220
Non Member  £400 £420

*Residential rate includes a night in campus accommodation on Monday 3 September.

Conference grants

Society Conference Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to present at this Focused Meeting. Support is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance. The closing date for applications is to be confirmed. You can apply for a grant before receiving notification about the outcome of your abstract submission. A conditional grant offer can be made without evidence of abstract acceptance if unavailable at the time of application, however evidence must be provided to claim any grant offered.

Registration confirmation

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

Visa applications

If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment.

To find out if you need a visa to visit the UK, please visit the UK visa and immigration website.

Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the Microbiology Society will not take any responsibility for travel or visa problems.

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full BEFORE arrival at the meeting. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the meeting.


Substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting [email protected].


This meeting will take place at St Catherine's College in the University of Oxford.


JCR Theatre
St Catherine's College
University of Oxford
Manor Road

Oxford is a beautiful and historic city with much to offer tourists. Should you wish to extend your stay outside of the conference, you can find some ideas on what to see on the Visit Britain website.


By road

You can plan your journey via Google Maps.

The M40, M4 and A34 provide easy access by car from London, leaving the M40 at Junction 8.

The M40 links Birmingham to Oxford from the north, leaving at Junction 9.

By train

The closest station to the venue is Oxford Station.

There are frequent trains from various locations such as London Paddington and Birmingham New Street.  You can plan your journey through the National Rail website.

From Oxford Station to St Catherine’s College, it is a 25-minute walk or a 15-minute cab ride.  Cabs are available at the station and a one-way trip costs approximately £10.

By air

Coach services link Oxford with airports at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham International and Luton. For more information visit the Oxford Bus Company website.

By bus

There are various bus services running frequently to Oxford. 

Some options for your journey are:


Ensuite accommodation on campus will be available.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for this meeting. For more information, please contact [email protected] or download the exhibition pack. 

Exhibition Pack Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses


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