SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME

The IVIS symposium brings Industry, Government, and Academic specialists together and provides an update and overview of new, cutting-edge information in basic and applied veterinary immunology, including topics on protective immunity, vaccine strategies, important disease targets, and various animal species. The meeting is a combination of plenary sessions and concurrent sessions on a variety of relevant themes, and also includes workshops on reagents and tools for studies in various veterinary species.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS
We are happy to announce our confirmed keynote speakers for the Symposium

  1. Opening Keynote, 17 Nov. – Prof. Celia Abolnik, Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Pretoria
  2. Opening Keynote, 17 Nov. – Prof. Baptiste Dungu, Design Biologix
  3. Closing Keynote, 20 Nov. – Dr Manuel Borca, Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture
  4. Closing Keynote, 20 Nov. – Dr Samuel Thevasagayam, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

PLENARY PRESENTATIONS
Our confirmed plenary speakers are:

  1. Plenary 1, 18 Nov. – Prof. Raina Plowright, Department of Public and Ecosystem Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
  2. Plenary 2, 19 Nov. – Dr Wilhelm Gerner, The Pirbright Institute
  3. Plenary 3, 20 Nov. – Dr Michelle Baker, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness

ORAL ABSTRACT SESSIONS
Oral Abstracts Sessions are submission based and will feature the higher-ranked abstracts submitted to the Symposium. Sessions will run concurrently and will include a short presentation followed by a question/answer session.

PROPOSED PROGRAMME OUTLINE

DAY 1 – FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2023
08:30-12:00 – Workshop 1: 10X Bioinformatics (Facilitators: Diagnostech)
12:30-16:30 – Workshop 2: Novel approaches to the development of veterinary vaccines to control bacterial infections (Facilitators: Gary Entrican and STAR-IDAZ)
17:00 – Welcome and Opening in Main Venue
17:15 – Keynote 1: Avian Influenza: An African perspective, Prof. Celia Abolnik, University of Pretoria, South Africa
18:15 – Keynote 2: Prof. Baptiste Dungu, Design Biologix
19:30 – Welcome Reception at the Baobab Terrace (included in registration fee)

DAY 2 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2023
08:30 – Session 1a | Session 1b | Session 1c
10:00 – Mid-morning refreshments and networking
10:30 – Session 2a | Session 2b | Session 2c
12:00 – Poster Session
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – Plenary 1: Macro immunology and wildlife immunity, Prof. Raina Plowright, Cornell University, USA
15:00 – Session 3a | Session 3b | Session 3c
17:00 – Close of Day 2
18:30 – Free evening / Informal Boma Braai (optional and limited to 80 guests)

DAY 3 – SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2023
08:30 – Workshop 3: VIC Toolbox | Session 4a
10:00 – Mid-morning refreshments and networking
10:30 – Workshop 4: VIC MHC | Session 4b
12:00 – Poster Sessions
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – Plenary 2: Adaptive immunity: T and B cell biology, Dr Wilhelm Gerner, The Pirbright Institute, UK
15:00 – Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist – Award & Presentation (sponsored by Zoetis)
16:00 – Close of Day 3
16:30 – Game Drive and Bush Dinner (official Symposium dinner, included in registration fee)

DAY 4 – MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2023
08:30 – Session 5a | Session 5b
10:00 – Mid-morning refreshments and networking
10:30 – Session 6a | Session 7b
12:00 – Poster Sessions
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – Plenary 3: Immunogenetics: Immunogenomics and resistance to disease, Dr Michelle Baker, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) & Health and Biosecurity | CSIRO, Australia
15:00 – Closing Session
15:10 – Keynote 3: The development of ASFV vaccines, Dr Manuel Borca, The United States Department of Agriculture, USA
16:10 – Keynote 4: Opportunities for Veterinary immunology research, Dr Samuel Thevasagayam, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
17:10 – Closing & Vote of Thanks

DAY 5 – TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2023
09:00-12:00 РWorkshop 5: Supporting early career researchers in veterinary immunology and vaccinology research (Facilitators: International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN))