June 3, 2013
With the 5th semi-annual meeting of the Global Virus Network just behind us, I take this opportunity to offer some reflections and perspectives. My first reflection is to look back on the beautiful host city of Munich, a bustling modern city that has managed to maintain its particular historic charm and warmth. Our 75 meeting participants, who hailed from 19 countries, reveled in the spirit of Bavaria at Zum Franziskaner, where we enjoyed an evening of local fare and traditions, and the Villa Stuck, where we experienced the art of one of Munich’s most famous citizens. This was a warm and welcoming platform for the scientific discussions that took place over the course of three days. We are deeply grateful the Technical University of Munich and the Center for Infection Research for hosting us with style!