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SARS-CoV-2 – Two Years On: Science Meets the Challenge


EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that the conference is going virtual and invite you to join us online.

Conference Overview

When the conference takes place it will be two years since the first identification of COVID-19 cases in China in late 2019 and since then the pandemic has become the most devastating challenge to global health for a century. In an unprecedented mobilisation, thousands of scientists world-wide have focused their attention, in a highly collaborative way, on understanding the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the disease it causes and its evolution, and, in developing counter measures. Most remarkably, highly efficient vaccines are now being deployed massively, starting less than a year from the initial infections and second generation vaccines will soon be available that take into account emerging variants.

This online conference, the third such meeting to be organised by EMBL, will bring experts from different fields together to present our current knowledge on SARS-CoV-2 molecular biology and epidemiology and strategies and approaches to anti-infectives and vaccines, with the ongoing challenge of protecting the global population against a moving target.

Session Topics

  • Session 1: Zoonosis
  • Session 2: Replication of SARS-CoV-2
  • Session 3: Towards effective SARS-CoV-2 antivirals
  • Session 4: SARS-CoV-2 vaccines
  • Session 5: The future of the SARS-CoV-epidemic


Scientific Organisers

Jürgen Deka

EMBL Heidelberg


Conference Organisers

Lea Hohmann

EMBL Heidelberg


Preliminary Programme

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Friday, 10 December 2021

Time (Europe/
09:00-09:15Opening remarks by Scientific Organisers
Virtual Session 1: Zoonosis – Session chair tba
09:15-09:45Talk title to be announced
Wendy S. Barclay – Imperial College London, UK
09:45-10:15COVID-19, CoVs and Bats
Lin-Fa Wang – Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
10:15-10:45Talk title to be announced
David L. Robertson – University of Glasgow, UK
Virtual Session 2: Replication of SARS-CoV-2 – Session chair
11:00-11:30Talk title to be announced
Anna Pyle – Yale University, USA
11:30-12:00Structure and function of the Replication machinery
Zihe Rao – Tsinghua University, China
12:00-12:30Talk title to be announced
Ralf Bartenschlager – Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany
Virtual Session 3: Towards effective SARS-CoV-2 antivirals
Session chair tba
13:15-13:45Talk title to be announced
Victor Garcia – University of North Carolina, USA
13:45-14:15Talk title to be announced
Dafydd Owen, Pfizer
14:15-14:45Host Factor Targeted Drug Discovery for SARS-CoV-2 Through
an International Collaboration
Nevan Krogan, The University of California, San Francisco, USA
Virtual Session 4: SARS-CoV-2 vaccines – Session chair tba
15:00-15:30The antigenic anatomy of SARS-CoV-2
Dave Stuart – University of Oxford, UK
15:30-16:00Speaker to be announced
16:00-16:30Vaxzevria: A global collaboration to make a vaccine for the
Sarah Gilbert – The Jenner Institute, UK
Virtual Session Session 5: The future of the SARS-CoV-
epidemic Session chair tba
16:45-17:15Speaker to be announced
17:15-17:45Talk title to be announced
Oliver Pybus – University of Oxford, UK
17:45-18:30Speaker to be announced
18:30-19:30Panel discussion


Sponsorship Opportunities

We offer a variety of event sponsoring possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or combine individual sponsorship options to suit your event budget. Discounts are available for companies sponsoring multiple events at EMBL Heidelberg. View other conferences, or contact sponsorship@embl.de for further information.

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Date: 10 Dec 2021

Location: Virtual


Registration: 2 Dec 2021


  • Stephen Cusack
    EMBL Grenoble, France

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