26th International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME)

The VEME workshop faculty includes international leading researchers in virus evolution, molecular epidemiology, and bioinformatics. VEME has run for 26 years and it became known as one of the best workshops in the world. This year it will be presented in Panama and applicants from developing countries have priority.

The 26th International Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME2022) will be organized in Ciudad del Saber, Panama City, Panama, during August 21–26, 2022. The workshop comprises 6 full days of theoretical lectures, practical sessions, and keynote presentations.

The “Phylogenetic Inference” module offers theoretical background and hands-on experience in phylogenetic analysis for those who have little or no prior expertise in sequence analysis. The “Evolutionary Hypothesis Testing” module is targeting participants who are well familiar with alignments and phylogenetic trees and would like to extend their expertise to likelihood and Bayesian inference in phylogenetics, coalescent and phylogeographic analyses (‘phylodynamics’). The “NGS Analysis” module will cover the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data of viruses and metagenomics. And for the first time, the VEME will have a new module entitled “From Trees to Public Health Policy“, which aims to support decision-making for public health managers in the face of surveillance, to better prepare to respond to epidemics and pandemics.

Practical sessions in these modules will involve software such as, PHYML, MEGA, PAML, HYPHY, IQ-Tree, BEAST, SpreaD3, UGENE, MEGAN, RAxML, Clusterpicker, BEAST2, RDP4, FigTree, Genome Detective, among others.

We ask participants to bring their own data set to work on during practical sessions and suggest to The Phylogenetic Handbook if they look for basic guidance.

The abstract and application deadline is May 31st.

Selections will be made by the beginning of June.

The registration fee of 700 dollars covers attendance. In each 4-day module, participation is limited to 30 scientists and is dependent on a selection procedure based on the submitted abstract and statement of motivation.

A limited number of grants are available for scientists who experience difficulties attending because of financial reasons. Thanks to the financial support of the PAHO/WHO. A selected number of Latin-American and African participants will receive a grant. These grants will cover travel and registration fee.

Selection criteria:

Quality of the abstract: abstracts will be reviewed, and priority will be given to applicants who are first author on the abstract.

Letter of motivation: how urgent/important is your need for training?

Letter from your institution with information about your position and activities, in case of you work in a Public Health Laboratory.

Each module is preferably restricted to 1 participant from the same lab.

We strive for participation from diverse countries.

Grant criteria for full attendance coverage:

Priority to countries with limited resources.

Ranking according to the abstract quality.

Additional information and application forms are available on our website: https://veme-fiocruzbr.ceri.africa/application/.

News date: 2022-05-31