The American Society for Virology
ASV was founded in 1981 as a forum for investigators of human, animal, plant, fungal, insect, archaeal, and bacterial viruses, whether the research involves the use of clinical, ecological, biological, or biochemical approaches. The Society sponsors an annual meeting that promotes discussion and collaboration among scientists active in all aspects of virology.
The 2019 ASV scientific program will include symposia and concurrent sessions on many aspects of virology.
University of Minnesota
Founded in 1851 as the state’s land-grant institution, the University of Minnesota is one of the state’s greatest assets and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. The University of Minnesota is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth, to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community, and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.
At all five of its locations—Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and Twin Cities—the University is moving in new directions to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Twin Cities campus is situated along the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and in the rolling hills of St. Paul, strategically positioned near the metropolitan areas of both cities.
Twin Cities Attractions
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul offer a wealth of attractions for its residents and visitors. Here, you'll find world-class museums, an array of performing arts, diverse restaurants and nearly 200 microbreweries, exciting sporting events, and the Mall of America.
While you're in town, be sure to take part in the Minneapolis Aquatennial, nicknamed "the best days of summer," starting on July 17. The festival culminates with a fireworks display on July 20.
Transportation and Parking
Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport is served by direct national and international flights. To get to the conference and around town, there are a number of options, in addition to taxis and car service:
Light-rail service is available to the Graduate Minneapolis from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. From the airport take the Minneapolis/Target Field Blue Line to the US Bank Stadium Station, then transfer to the St. Paul/Union Depot Green Line and, after a short 5 minute ride, exit at the East Bank Station. The East Bank Station is across the street from The Commons Hotel. Trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and run approximately every 10−15 minutes. The trip from the airport to the East Bank Station generally takes 35−45 minutes. One-way fare is $2.00−2.50 depending on time of day. View information and route map.
Travelers can find metro bus route information on the Metro Transit website.
Metro Transit also provides bus service to many areas throughout the Twin Cities. For information on schedules, maps, and fares, please visit the Metro Transit website.
SuperShuttle offers convenient shuttle service to area locations. Call 800-BlueVan or visit the SuperShuttle website to reserve your transportation.
The University of Minnesota offers several parking options on campus. Public parking is available to anyone at any time. The nearest ramp to the Graduate, which will host registration, is the Washington Avenue parking ramp. For more information, please visit U of M Parking and Transportation.
Travel Award and ASVCares Applications
Travel awards to attend the ASV meeting are available to graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates, teachers of undergraduate students, and Latin American scholars. Applications must be submitted by members online by Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:59 EST. Awardees will be notified by email of their results in early April from the ASV Secretary-Treasurer’s office. If a notice is not received by then, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASV will provide grants to members attending the Annual Meeting to help them deal with costs associated with dependent care during the annual meeting. The details regarding this new initiative—entitled ASVCares—are available on the ASV website after you have logged in as a member (button at top right of page). Applications require a statement of need and a budget justification. Awardees (trainees and faculty) may use the funds at their discretion to bring a caregiver and the child to the meeting, provide dependent care at home during the meeting, etc. These grants will be awarded independently of other ASV travel awards; applications will be processed on a rolling basis for applications received February 1 – May 3, 2019.