CeMM: AustroVirology Symposium 2020

On 5 March 2020, the first AustroVirology Symposium took place at the St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung (CCRI) in Vienna. The event, organized by CeMM PI Andreas Bergthaler and Karin Kosulin (CCRI), brought together 75 virologists from 12 institutions across Austria. The goal was to capture the rich diversity of academic, clinical and industrial virological research and to provide a platform to meet colleagues and forge new collaborations in the field.

The symposium kicked off by an inspiring keynote lecture about the co-evolution of phages and bacteria by Martin Polz, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Universität Wien. The programme included 10 short talks which covered diverse subdisciplines of virology, including structural biology, immunology, organoids, clinical diseases and biotechnological applications. Finally, the event was concluded with an open discussion and a poster session with additional networking opportunities.

The successful AustroVirology Symposium gave a vibrant demonstration of the existing excellent virus research in Austria and fostered intense networking. Considering the current SARS-CoV2 epidemics and COVID-19, the virology research community continues to play an ever-important role for our understanding of basic biology, the fight of infectious diseases and the development of novel solutions such as innovative vaccines.

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