The American Society for Virology was founded in 1981 to provide a forum for investigators of human, animal, insect, plant, fungal, and bacterial viruses, whether the research involves clinical, ecological, biological, or biochemical approaches. The stated aim of the Society is to promote the exchange of information and stimulate discussion and collaboration among scientists active in all aspects of virology. These goals are achieved by means of meetings organized or sponsored by the Society, obtaining for the members reduced subscription rates for virological journals, soliciting travel grants to attend national and international meetings and representation on national and international councils.
 
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34th Annual Meeting
JULY 11 – 15, 2015
Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
2015 Conference Web Site: www.asv2015.uwo.ca

The American Society for Virology (ASV) invites you to participate in its thirty-fourth annual meeting on the beautiful campus of Western University, located in the north-end of the City of London, which is nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, just a two-hour drive from Toronto, to the east, and two hours from the Windsor-Detroit border to the west. The campus is just 20 minutes from the London International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown London and the bus and train stations. London is one of the oldest cities in Canada and the 10th largest, with a population of over 348,000. A picturesque community providing a mixture of history, convenience, excitement, tradition and originality…large enough to provide all the amenities visitors desire, yet retaining the friendliness of a smaller community.

The deadline for the electronic submission of abstracts will be Monday, February 2, 2015. Updated information will be available on the above conference web site as it becomes available.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
The ASV 2015 scientific program will include symposia, satellite symposia, workshops, poster sessions on a wide range of virology topics, and special educational presentations. Collegial mixers and social events will punctuate the program. The conference will also feature a showcase of exhibitors for you to explore. The meeting will begin Saturday, July 11th at 3:30 pm with the Welcome Reception, to be followed by the keynote address at 5:30 pm. The first group of simultaneous workshop sessions, consisting of individual oral presentations, will begin at 7:00 pm.

The Plenary Symposia will take place the mornings of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Individual workshop sessions are scheduled for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoons, as well as on Sunday and Monday evenings. State-of-the-Art Lectures will be presented during various workshops.

Two Poster Sessions will be held on Sunday and Monday afternoons with scheduled time for discussion. Also included are several other Special Events and Workshops to complete the program.

The Call for Abstracts, along with meeting registration and housing information, will be mailed to all ASV members during November, 2014. Non-members of the ASV may request the brochure via email at: asv@asv.org by supplying your name and mailing address or by calling the office of ASV Secretary-Treasurer, Dorothea L. Sawicki, Ph.D., at 419.383.5173.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2015 Annual Meeting WebSite:
 ** Abstract submission of abstracts opens -  Mid-November 2014 **
** Abstract deadline – Monday, February 2, 2015 **

All abstracts must be submitted electronically to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) for processing, evaluation and inclusion in the electronic ASV 2015 Scientific Program. The link to use to submit your abstract will be posted on the ASV 2015 meeting website in November.  Complete instructions for electronic submission protocols will be provided on the abstract submission website.

MEETING FACILITIES
London is home to Western University, founded in 1878, which contributes to the City’s reputation as an international center of higher education, scientific research and cultural activity. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. It excels in moving research out of the labs and into the lives of people around the world through public and private-sector partnerships. Western researchers collaborate with colleagues across the campus, country and globe to inform policy on the world stage. Symposia, workshops, poster sessions, and evening events are all within easy walking distance.

LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA
July is a beautiful month to experience London. Enjoy the city’s history (founded in 1793) with architecture that is visible downtown and on campus. Explore acres of green space in parks that offer miles of walking and biking trails. London has outstanding recreational facilities on and off campus and offers diverse entertainment from a theatrical production in the 109 year old Grand Theatre to live lounge performances. Museum London, with its spectacular view of the Thames River, should be on your list of sights to see.

London tempts you with a cosmopolitan selection of restaurants for your dining experience. The City comes alive with art, entertainment, cuisine, amazing shopping, and much more…truly something for everyone!
ACCOMMODATIONS
Western University residence accommodations will be available for participants. A limited number of rooms have also been set aside at various local hotels. Please identify yourself as a participant in the ASV Conference when making your reservation. Ontario Hall, Western’s newest residence, opened in September, 2013. We recommend making hotel reservations early as rooms may book quickly. Visit the conference website at www.asv2015.uwo.ca for additional details.
TRAVEL and VISAS: Application Process and Forms – IMPORTANT
Scientists from all parts of the world are invited to attend the annual meeting of the American Society for Virology. All visitors entering Canada are required to present a valid visa or passport.  If you are required to obtain a visa, you must begin by completing Visa Application form. The website to begin the electronic application process for U.S. Citizens is: evisaforms.state.gov/.

Please be sure to allow ample time for the processing of your visa application which can take up to 4 MONTHS IN SOME COUNTRIES.

Additional information is available on The National Academies website at: sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/index.htm.
TRAVEL TO LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA
By Air: Fly into the London International Airport, with direct flights from Chicago and Toronto. Western University is approximately 20 minutes from the airport. Call 519.452.4015 or visit www.londonairport.on.ca for flight information.
By Car: London is located at the convergence of major highways 401, 401 & 403 and only 2 hours from both Detroit and Toronto.
ONLINE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION SUBMISSION
Individuals applying for membership in the American Society for Virology should complete and submit an application online through the ASV website. Access the link on the left entitled “Join ASV Online” and follow the instructions to complete the Membership Application. The following documents must be attached (as pdf documents) to the electronic application form in order to have it reviewed and considered by the ASV Membership Committee: 1) current curriculum vitae; and 2) a "signed" nominating letter from a current (dues paid), full member of ASV recommending you for membership. If you require assistance in locating a current, full member of ASV to contact for assistance in providing you with a nomination letter, please contact the office of the ASV Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Dorothea Sawicki, at asv@asv.org. Upon approval of your membership application, you will be notified by email and payment of the annual dues will be required in order to complete the process and activate your membership.
MEMBERS ONLY! Online Membership Renewal is available for current ASV members. Please access the "Membership Directory/Dues Renewal" link on the left, enter the name of the ASV member, and proceed to renew the membership dues online. You may also update your membership information online through this link. Please verify that we have your correct mailing and contact information so that you will continue to receive your ASV information  in a timely manner and are listed correctly in the ASV online Directory. If you have any questions regarding membership renewal, please contact the office of the ASV Secretary-Treasurer at 419.383.5173, or by email at asv@asv.org.
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Program - Current Membership Status – Dues Renewal:
Dorothea L. Sawicki, Ph.D.
Secretary-Treasurer, ASV
Tel: 419.383.5173; Fax: 419.383.2881
E-mail: asv@asv.org

Local Hosts:
Dr. C. Yong Kang, FRSC
Dr. Stephen Barr
Dr. Jimmy Dikeakos
Professors of Virology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
   Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
   Western University

CONFERENCE PLANNER – WESTERN UNIVERSITY:
Ruth Harland
519.661.2111, Ext. 85974
rharland@housing.uwo.ca

New Membership Contact:
(New Member Applicants Only; established members contact ASV Office at asv@asv.org
Dr. Thomas (Tem) Morrison
ASV Membership Committee Chair
Telephone: 303.724.4283
E-mail: thomas.morrison@ucdenver.edu

Updated information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the ASV 2015 conference website at www.asv2015.uwo.ca