The main aim of this group is to promote Plant Virology as a subject, both in the UK and overseas through innovative outreaching activities such as organising conferences and workshops and bringing people together for discussions and meetings on recent developments in the area. To this effect, the group organizes a 3-day conference ‘Advances in Virology’ every 18 months mainly aiming to encourage PhD students and early career scientists to take up and/or continue working on plant viruses. We also offer two student-specific competitions at the conference – the Bryan Harrison prize for the best oral presentation and the Raymond and Roger Hull prize for the best poster presentation.
In order to foster links between UK and overseas plant virologists especially to help grow the number of people working on plant viruses within Europe, the Virology Group Committee includes members from European countries (currently Spain). Please get in touch with the Convenor if you are interested in becoming part of the group.