Foundation of the Belgian Society for Viruses of Microbes and Meeting Report of Its Inaugural Symposium

Agnieszka Latka, Abram Aertsen, Dimitri Boeckaerts, Bob Blasdel, Pieter Jan Ceyssens, Abel Garcia-Pino, Annika Gillis, Rob Lavigne, Gipsi Lima-Mendez, Jelle Matthijnssens, Jolien Onsea, Eveline Peeters, Jean Paul Pirnay, Damien Thiry, Dieter Vandenheuvel, Els Van Mechelen, Jolien Venneman, Gilbert Verbeken, Jeroen Wagemans, Yves Briers

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The Belgian Society for Viruses of Microbes (BSVoM) was founded on 9 June 2022 to capture and enhance the collaborative spirit among the expanding community of microbial virus researchers in Belgium. The sixteen founders are affiliated to fourteen different research entities across academia, industry and government. Its inaugural symposium was held on 23 September 2022 in the Thermotechnical Institute at KU Leuven. The meeting program covered three thematic sessions launched by international keynote speakers: (1) virus–host interactions, (2) viral ecology, evolution and diversity and (3) present and future applications. During the one-day symposium, four invited keynote lectures, ten selected talks and eight student pitches were given along with 41 presented posters. The meeting hosted 155 participants from twelve countries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1213
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • bacteriophages
  • Belgian Society for Viruses of Microbes
  • triple helix model


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