The Gordon Research Conference on Viruses and Cells is the premier meeting in virology. Held every two years, it covers all areas of virology and is limited to 200 participants to ensure quality and interaction. I know how good this meeting is – I attended for many years and served as co-chair of the meeting in 1995.
Now the meeting needs your help. NIH and foundation support has declined dramatically in recent years (see graph). The organizers of the 2019 meeting need $70,000 to support partial registration and travel costs for 32 speakers, 18 discussion leaders, and selected students and postdocs.
To raise funds for the 2019 meeting, the organizers are trying the March of Dimes approach which lead to the development of poliovirus vaccines: small contributions from many sources.
Donating takes less than a minute. Go to the secure donation site and provide contact information, the amount of your donation, and how it can be used.
Donating to the Viruses and Cells meeting is a good cause! The conference is highly interactive due to the small number of attendees and the remote location. Invited speakers and discussion leaders are diverse: they are from 8 countries and 51% are female.
Please help students, postdocs, and faculty (especially new investigators) participate and support the virology community. Even small donations can make a big difference! Your donations are tax deductible and you will be acknowledged as a â€˜Friend of TWiVâ€™ on the conference materials.