Journal of General Virology Roadshow 2023 – Surrey

16 Oct - Harbour Hotel Guildford, UK



As part of our commitment to developing, expanding and strengthening the vast networks and opportunities available to our members and local communities, the Microbiology Society is pleased to announce the Journal of General Virology Roadshow 2023, organised by Professor Nicolas Locker (The Pirbright Institute, UK, Journal of General Virology Review Editor) and Professor Paul Duprex (Center for Vaccine Research, University of Pittsburgh, USA, Journal of General Virology Editor-in-Chief).

Published by the Microbiology Society, Journal of General Virology has been publishing peer-reviewed research for more than 50 years. It recognises the importance of virology as a unique discipline within microbiology, and actively collaborates with partners such as the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) to support the global virology community.

At this Roadshow, invited speakers will share the latest advancements across the spectrum of virology. Attendees will have the opportunity to join a discussion with members of the Journal of General Virology Editorial Board, as well as find out more about the wide range of opportunities at the Society, and network with other local virologists and microbiologists.

The event will take place on Monday 16 October at Harbour Hotel Guildford, Guildford, UK.

During the event, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the latest advancements in virology research
  • Network with local like-minded people.
  • Learn more about Journal of General Virology and meet the Editorial Board.
  • Learn how to get more involved with the Society and find out more about the wide range of opportunities at the Microbiology Society to advance your career, build your networks, raise your profile and communicate your work.
  • Discover more about publishing for the community and how you can support your Society.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in virology and microbiology or wanting to find out more about the Microbiology Society.

All Roadshow events are free to attend. You will need to register in advance for catering purposes and so that numbers can be limited to allow for the best networking and engagement during the event.

Early registration is advised as places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Publishing Editor, Tamanna Khanom [email protected].



The full programme below is still in production and will continue to be updated. 

The programme includes presentations with a focus on advancements in virology, with keynote, invited and offered oral presentations. Chaired by members of the Journal of General Virology Editorial Board, these will include presentations from Editors and the local virology community.

There are also ample opportunities to network during break times.

09:00 – 09:30
Registration and refreshments
09:30 – 09:45
Welcome and overview: publish, membership benefits
Paul Duprex (University of Pittsburgh, USA, Journal of General Virology Editor-in-Chief) and Nicolas Locker (The Pirbright Institute, UK, Journal of General Virology Reviews Editor)
09:45 – 10:05
Invited talk
Ashley Banyard (Animal and Plant Health Agency, Journal of Medical Microbiology Editor)
10:05 – 10:25
Insights into astrovirus infections from human intestinal organoids
Christiane Wobus (University of Michigan, USA, Journal of General Virology Editor)
10:25 – 10:45
Towards Hepatitis B cure
Peter Revill (Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Australia, Journal of General Virology Editor)
10:45 – 11:15
Networking and refreshments
11:15 – 11:35
Offered Talk
11:35 – 11:55
Offered Talk
11:55 – 12:15
Invited Talk
Manli Wang (Wuhan Institute Of Virology, China, Journal of General Virology Editor)
12:15 – 12:35
Human cytomegalovirus manipulation of the host cell to enhance reactivation
Matthew Reeves (University College London, UK, Journal of General Virology Editor)
12:35 – 12:55
Bridges plant and animal virology on a shared mechanism of viral genome transcription initiation (cap-snatching).
Richard Kormelink (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands, Journal of General Virology Editor)
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch and networking
14:00 – 14:30
Keynote: Evasion of innate immunity by HIV defines the pandemic lineage
Greg Towers (University College London, UK)
14:30 – 14:50
Offered Talk
14:50 – 15:10
Offered Talk
15:10 – 15:30
Offered Talk
15:30 – 16:00
Networking and refreshments
16:00 – 16:20
Offered Talk
16:20 – 16:40
Offered Talk
16:40 – 17:00
Prizes and close
Paul Duprex (University of Pittsburgh, USA, Journal of General Virology Editor-in-Chief)
17:00 – 17:30
Networking: Meet the Editors



Abstract submission

Abstract submission

We are accepting abstract submissions from members of the virology community for a limited number of offered oral presentations at this Roadshow. The abstract submission deadline is Friday 8 September.

To submit an abstract, please complete the registration form and email your proposed talk title along with an abstract of maximum 250 words to: [email protected].

If you have any questions regarding abstract submission, please email [email protected].

Journal of General Virology Outstanding Science Prize

Journal of General Virology is pleased to provide the Outstanding Science Prize to an offered oral presentation at the Microbiology Society Journal of General Virology Roadshow 2023. The winner will receive a cash prize and be featured on Microbe Post . All offered presentations given at the meeting are automatically entered for the prize.

Venue and directions

Venue and directions

Harbour Hotel Guildford
3 Alexandra Terrace High Street

Find the venue.

Travelling by public transport

To plan your journey you can use the South Western Railway website for assistance.

Car parking

Limited discounted parking for delegates attending the Roadshow is available on site for £8 per day. Please head to the hotel reception to collect a key card and enter your registration number. Alternative nearby car parks are available close to the hotel.