AVG 2022
Animal Viral Genomics


Current and Future Challenges in
Veterinary Viral Genomics


A hybrid event (in-person and online) at the Pirbright Institute  

21-22 June 2022


Since the start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic there has been a growing emphasis on the provision of genomics data to manage disease outbreaks.  This is reflected in the numbers of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences submitted to global databases.  In future outbreaks of human and animal pathogens, as these technologies evolve and become more commonplace in both research and diagnostic settings, it is envisaged that genomics will play more prominent roles in both early identification and guiding outbreak governance.  This 2-day meeting at Pirbright will focus on the application of genomics technologies in veterinary virology research (lab and in-silico based), but also facilitate networking and information exchange between both veterinary research and animal health diagnostics communities.  It is this interface between both research and diagnostics that will contribute directly to the discussion surrounding the suitability and applications of these technologies for the early detection of future pandemics or zoonotic events.



The use of innovative genomics techniques in animal virology


Discuss challenges in coordinating genomics surveillance networks and infrastructure in future outbreaks.


Improving training within/between testing labs – levelling up.


Are Genomics technologies useful for surveillance settings


How to maximise efficiency and value in bioinformatics/genomics data analysis?


What provisions are needed to enhance genomics in different resource settings


To characterise future challenges of genomics in veterinary virology and animal health and its relation to One Health.



Steven Van Borm

Sciensano, Belgium

NGS and molecular diagnostics workflows in veterinary virology

Natacha Couto

University of Bath, UK

UMC, Netherland

Roles for metagenomics in outbreak tracing and ESCV guidelines

Alice Fusaro

IZSVe, Italy

Avian Influenza and HTS: Application of targetted approaches

Sten Calvelege

FLI, Germany

Whole genome sequencing of ASFV:

Different sequencing strategies & different genotypes

Sarah Hill

Royal Veterinary College, UK

Nanopore sequencing in veterinary virology

Gerald Misinzo

SACIDS, Tanzania

Nanopore sequencing in the field in Africa


Scientific Program

Day One 

  • Registration

  • Introduction

  • Virus and HTS - Part I

  • Comfort break

  • Virus and HTS - Part II

  • Lunch Break

  • Infrastructure and Capacity Building

  • Comfort break

  • Genomics and Governanace

  • Discussion

  • Workshop Dinner

Day Two

  • Opening Remarks

  • Big Data

  • Comfort Break

  • Governance and Bioinformatics

  • HTS Analytics

  • Lunch Break

  • Zoonotic Surveillance/Emerging Pthogens

  • Discussion I

  • Comfort Break

  • Discussion II

  • Discussion III

  • Closing Remarks


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