The Global Virus Network (GVN) has convened general meetings of the entire network on six occasions, including the launch of the GVN in 2011. It was well-understood from the outset that such a diverse, dispersed international group of medical virologists would need to hold regular meetings in order to further organize the group, plan for the future and learn about each member’s current research and concerns. Since the formal establishment of the non-profit organization, Global Virus Network, Inc., the general meetings have become a critical platform for identification or program priorities and the exchange of ideas. At most of the general meetings, the GVN Board of Directors and the GVN Scientific Leadership Board have met to conduct their work.
The 7th meeting of GVN took place in May 2015 in Beijing, China. It was hosted by the Beijing University of Technology, a GVN Center of Excellence, in Beijing, China. During a time of mass migration, global climate change and threats of remerging viruses such as Ebola, the timing and location of the meeting is of significant importance. Experts shared information on varying viral threats, including those causing hemorrhagic fevers, hepatitis, HIV, measles, influenza, dengue and chikungunya, to name a few. GVN members also reviewed strategies at the center of the organization including the creation of specialized task forces and the launch of training programs to address growing viral threats.
The sixth meeting of the GVN took place in September 2013 in Moscow, Russia. The meetings were hosted by the Russian GVN consortium, led by the Moscow Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention & Treatment and were held at the Moscow City Hall Conference Center. GVN Centers of Excellence presented on their current research on emerging viral threats.
The fifth meeting of the GVN took place in May 2013 in Munich, Germany. The meeting was hosted and organized by the Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München) and with support from donors identified by GVN, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gilead Sciences and the U.S. NIH. This meeting featured a one-day workshop on durability of vaccine response and a public session to engage new colleagues in the GVN mission.
The fourth meeting of the GVN was held in September 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland USA at the Hilton Baltimore, and was organized by the Institute of Human Virology at UMB. Current research was presented, and several new Centers of Excellence were admitted to the GVN.
The third meeting of the GVN occurred in June 2012 in Naples, Italy. The meeting took place at a hotel in central Naples, and was organized by members of the Italian GVN, specifically from the Italian National Cancer Institute (IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori Fondazione G Pascale.) Foundational members of the GVN Board of Directors were introduced, members presented on their current research areas, and collaborations were strengthened.
The second GVN meeting took place in October 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting was hosted at University College Dublin and was organized by the Center for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID) at UCD. Progress was made both on refining the scientific priorities and administrative matters to apply for the GVN to be recognized as a non-profit institution under U.S. law..
The first meeting of the GVN took place in March 2011 at the Italian Embassy to the United States in Washington, DC, USA. Drs. Robert Gallo, Reinhard Kurth, and William Hall were established as the co-founders of the GVN. It was organized by the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. This meeting established the first members of the GVN and set the mission, goals and objectives of the organization.