Welcome to Ghent!
On behalf of the European Society for Veterinary Virology (ESVV), it is my great pleasure to invite you in the historical city of Ghent, Belgium, for the 12th International Congress For Veterinary Virology! This triennial congress will be held on September 20-23, 2022, in the International Convention Center of Ghent (Gent ICC).
The ESVV was founded in 1988 in Belgium to promote exchange of information in the field of veterinary virology. The first ESVV meeting was organized in 1989 and recent editions with more than 400 participants were held in Vienna (2018), Montpellier (2015) and Spain (2012).
Six plenary sessions will cover pathogenesis, viral immunology, epidemiology, diagnostics and vaccines, and (reverse) zoonoses. Three round tables about viral infections of swine, horse, cattle, wildlife and vector-borne viral diseases will be organized. Veterinarians, virologists, academics, authorities, pharmaceutical industries as well as PhD students are encouraged to participate.
Most of Ghent’s medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved or restored, which explains why the National Geographic Traveler Magazine listed Ghent as one of the most authentic cities of the world. Because of its geographic localization at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie, the city has also a vibrant life and nightlife, with the Port located in the North and the University that also attracted many research oriented companies. We therefore strongly encourage you to come to Ghent and also to taste the Belgian gastronomy (especially chocolates and beers!). Ghent is only 50 km away from Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp and with the high speed train, only two hours away from Paris and London. More information about Ghent here. Come discover Ghent!
We are looking forward to meeting you all in Belgium in September 2022!
Hans Nauwynck (Ghent University),
on behalf of the ESVV Board and the ESVV 2022 Scientific and Organizing Committees.