Bioinformatics Meets Virology: The European Virus Bioinformatics Center's Second Annual Meeting
Ibrahim B, Arkhipova K, Andeweg AC, Posada-Céspedes S, Enault F, Gruber A, Koonin EV, Kupczok A, Lemey P, McHardy AC, McMahon DP, Pickett BE, Robertson DL, Scheuermann RH, Zhernakova A, Zwart MP, Schönhuth A, Dutilh BE, Marz M
The Second Annual Meeting of the European Virus Bioinformatics Center (EVBC), held in Utrecht, Netherlands, focused on computational approaches in virology, with topics including (but not limited to) virus discovery, diagnostics, (meta-)genomics, modeling, epidemiology, molecular structure, evolution, and viral ecology. The goals of the Second Annual Meeting were threefold: (i) to bring together virologists and bioinformaticians from across the academic, industrial, professional, and training sectors to share best practice; (ii) to provide a meaningful and interactive scientific environment to promote discussion and collaboration between students, postdoctoral fellows, and both new and established investigators; (iii) to inspire and suggest new research directions and questions. Approximately 120 researchers from around the world attended the Second Annual Meeting of the EVBC this year, including 15 renowned international speakers. This report presents an overview of new developments and novel research findings that emerged during the meeting.