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Viruses of Microbes - UK (VoM - UK)


Northumbria University

Hosted by: Microbiome Exploration Peak of Research Excellence


Join us for a workshop and conference for the UK Viruses of Microbes community. Following on from our popular launch event, join us again in January 2024. This will be a two-day conference, preceded by a phage genomics workshop.  If you plan to attend the workshop, please tick the associated box when registering, as spaces may be limited. The following two-day round table conference will be like the January 2023 event. 

Our VOM-UK events are designed to support the development of postgraduate and early careers researchers, offering interaction with group leads and networking with peers. The meeting is open to academia and industry interested in Viruses of Microbes.

Phage Informatics Workshop

Wednesday 24 January, 10:00-15:00. This workshop is now full. 

If your name is shown in the list at the end of this page, you are confirmed as attending the workshop. For all others who expressed interest, we regret that, due to limited places, you have been unsuccessful in being selected on this occasion for the 24th January workshop, however we look forward to seeing you at the conference on 25th January.

A practical genomics workshop. Using research resources provided by CLIMB, focusing on viral genome assembly, annotation and taxonomy. A laptop is required to participate.  

Round Table Conference

Thursday 25 January 10:00-18:00 (followed by 18:00 drinks reception and 18:30 buffet dinner)

Friday 26 January 10:00-16:00

Hear from invited keynote speakers and over 100 postgraduate researchers talking about their current projects.  Join in round table discussions, build collaborations, and be part of the developing VoM network across the UK. 


Conference introduction and opening talk:

Professor Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa

President of International Society for Viruses of Microorganisms (ISVM)

Department of Pathogen Biology and Immunology, University of Wroclaw, Poland


Keynote Speaker:

Professor George Salmond, Emeritus Faculty, Dept of Biochemistry, Cambridge



A full schedule with speakers and abstracts will be circulated to registrants near the event date.


Submit an abstract for oral presentation

Interested postgraduate researchers, postdoctoral researchers or fellows, please submit a title, author/author list and a 200 word abstract to the link below. Abstracts will be chosen based on their subject areas to illustrate the diversity of research within the field. Attendees get to hear, support and discuss all the work that is presented rather than theme-specific sessions.

Deadline for abstract submissions: Monday 8th January 2024.

Submit an abstract here


Conference fees  

PGR Student






Please note that fees to attend are the same regardless of how many days you choose to attend.  Conference payment page.



Registration deadline: Monday 15th January 2024.

The conference is now fully subscribed and a waiting list is in operation. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email Darren Smith at


Conference accommodation

If you require accommodation,you may wish to view our conference accommodation website including special room rates.


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Confirmed delegates forPhage Informatics Workshop (24th Jan)

If your name is shown below, you are confirmed as attending the workshop. For all others who expressed interest, we regret that, due to limited places, you have been unsuccessful in being selected on this occasion for the 24th January workshop but we look forward to seeing you at the Conference.

  • Amandine Dupuis
  • Andrew Martin
  • Blanca Perez-Sepulveda
  • David Negus
  • Emily Grace
  • Finn O'Dea
  • Girish Beedessee
  • Greg Young
  • Hanshuo Lu
  • Jessica Lewis
  • Jose Nakamoto
  • Li Cheng
  • Maria Stroyakovski
  • Rachel Ridgway
  • Rande Dzay
  • Remziye Ozbek
  • Robyn Manley
  • Rosanna Wright
  • Samiksha Venkatesan
  • Suzie Humphrey
  • Thomas Smith-Zaitlik
  • Vidya Manju


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