About Our Conference
The AVW is an international collective of virologists working in aquatic systems around the world, which first coalesced 20 years ago in Bergen, Norway as a small group of scientists working on various aspects of algal virology. Since those early days, the AVW (initially the Algal Virus Workshop) has met approximately biennially. After the first five meetings, the group expanded the interest range to include all viruses of aquatic microbes. Now we gather for the AVW9 in Lincoln, Nebraska with a special set of topics outlining the scientific program: The Five Great Questions of Aquatic Virology. Additionally, we are celebrating one of the founding members of the AVW in his 80 the year, James Van Etten, and a special set of talks will allow for reflections on career and professional development. The longstanding goal of the AVW is to gather as colleagues and friends, discuss our common scientific interests and latest exciting results, and provide a nurturing environment for developing scientists who will carry this fascinating realm of investigation into the future.