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Molecular Determinants of Zoonotic Viruses and Beyond

International Symposium

Saturday, March 1st, 2025

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am very pleased to announce the symposium "Molecular Determinants of Zoonotic Virus Infections and Beyond", which will take place from 27 February to 1 March, 2025, at the Institute of Virology in Freiburg, Germany.

Zoonotic viral infections are a constant threat to human populations. The molecular mechanisms that allow a zoonotic virus to cross the species barrier to humans are still poorly understood. In order to develop new measures to combat this threat, we need expert knowledge from different disciplines.

The aim of this two and a half day conference is to bring together national and international experts working on different aspects of zoonotic viruses to gain in-depth insights into the basic mechanisms of these infections. This symposium is open for all scientists at different career levels (group leaders, postdocs and PhD students). In order to facilitate a lively conference with extensive interactions and discussions, the number of participants is limited to 120, including speakers. We encourage to submit an abstract, which will be presented during the meeting in a dedicated poster session with all participants. Based on the submitted abstracts, 6 participants will be selected to give an oral presentation. In addition, they will receive a fellowship covering all expenses. Catering will be provided during the meeting, including a social evening with plenty of networking opportunities.

Sincerely yours,

Martin Schwemmle

Opening registration and abstract submission: October 1, 2024

Deadline registration and abstract submission: January 31, 2025

Registration fee:        
PhD students and Postdocs: 250 Euro
Principle investigators: 350 Euro


Research topics include

· Emerging zoonotic viruses

· Virus-host interaction

· Molecular host determinants

· Cutting-edge structural biology

· High resolution microscopy

· Novel vaccine strategies

· Therapeutic intervention

Confirmed speakers

Martin Beer
Insel Riems, Germany

Jean-Laurent Casanova
New York, USA

James Crowe
Nashville, USA

Petr Chlanda
Heidelberg, Germany

Adolfo Garcia-Sastre
New York, USA

Gisa Gerold
Hannover, Germany

Ben Hale
Zürich, Schweiz

Susanne Herold
Gießen, Germany

Aaron Irving
Haining, China

Fabian Leendertz
Greifswald, Germany

Mathias Munschauer
Frankfurt, Germany

Johan Neyts
Leuven, Belgium

Gustavo Palacios
New York, USA

Andreas Pichlmair
Munich, Germany

Tony Schountz
Fort Collins USA

Christian Sieben
Braunschweig, Germany

Konstantin Sparrer
Ulm, Germany

Silke Stertz
Zürich, Schweiz

Volker Thiel
Bern, Schweiz

Antoni Wrobel
London, UK

Meeting venue

Medical Center | University of Freiburg | Germany

Institute of Virology | Hermann-Herder-Str. 11 | 79104 Freiburg

see map No. 4


Local Organizing committee

Martin Schwemmle
University of Freiburg, Germany

Peter Reuther
University of Freiburg, Germany

Laura Graf
University of Freiburg, Germany

Kevin Ciminski
University of Freiburg, Germany

National / International Organizing committee

Stefan Ludwig
University of Münster, Germany

Friedemann Weber
University of Giessen, Germany

Martin Beer
FLI, Germany

Toni Schountz
Colorade State University, USA

Congress Organizer

Medical Center University of Freiburg
Communication Department | Event Management
Elke Bührer

Breisacher Str. 153
79110 Freiburg

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