Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Congress Organizing Committee of the European Society for Clinical Virology, I
would like to invite all of you to the 20th Annual Meeting of the ESCV which will take place in
Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy, 13-16 September 2017.
The scientific program, consisting of presentations, symposia, discussions, open sessions and
workshops, will be focused on the state of the art as well as the most recent discoveries and
innovations in Clinical Virology. Topics of the 20 th ESCV Annual Meeting will include: respiratory
viruses, gastrointestinal viruses, virus-associated neurologic syndromes, virus-associated tumors,
hepatitis viruses, HIV and other retroviruses, viruses in immunocompromised patients, viral
infections in pregnancy, emerging viruses, immune response to viral infections, advancements in
diagnosis and monitoring advancements in prevention and treatment.
High scientific profile industry-sponsored workshops are also welcome.
Finally, the Heine-Medin, the Gardner Lecture, the Abbott Diagnostic and the BioMérieux awards
will be assigned during the Meeting.
Stresa, on the Western Lake Maggiore coast, the second largest Italian lake (212 sq. km), is situated
in Northern Italy, in an ideal position between mountains and the shores of Borromean Gulf. Its
beautiful countryside, mild climate, luxury villas and opulent Art Nouveau hotels made the town of
Stresa a blend of relaxation and culture in an enchanting setting that evokes the atmosphere of the belle
époque. Charles Dickens was only one of many famous people who enjoyed some time spent in
Stresa through its history. Also Stendhal and Flaubert have often walked on Stresa's beach, and
Ernest Hemingway wrote his masterpiece A Farewell to Arms here. Lord Byron as well as an
infinite list of European kings and queens chose Stresa as a halting place during their Grand Tours.
From Stresa it is easy to reach the three Borromean Islands, which are steeped in artistic, historical
and botanical appeal. On the islands of Bella and Madre there are sumptuous palaces and rare plant
gardens where peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam wild against an exotic backdrop reminiscent of
faraway lands. In contrast, the Isola dei Pescatori is famous for the charming simplicity of its old
fishing village, which is considered one of the most picturesque spots on Lake Maggiore.
Looking forward to welcoming you in Stresa in September 2017,