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Host-Pathogen-Communication Meeting May 29th-31st, 2024

If you are working in the area of Host-pathogen communication (detection, evasion etc), then you may be interested in attending the HPC conference in Denmark this year. Some of you will have participated in the 2021 Host-Pathogen Communication Conference in TBSI, TCD.  Registration and abstract submission for HPC2024 is now open. Full details and link to conference website below from the local organisers.  

Travel grants available for those submitting abstracts by 1 March!

Host-Pathogen-Communication Meeting May 29th - 31st, Aarhus /Denmark

Dear colleagues,

We are very much looking forward to welcome you in Aarhus for the upcoming Host-Pathogen-Communication Meeting May 29th-31st, 2024! We have set up a conference-homepage where you can find some useful information about the event.


Registration and abstracts

The registration and abstract submission will open on December 18th, 2023. At that time, there will be submission and registrations links available on the homepage.

Registration for potential participants outside Ireland/Denmark/Israel will be opened in Q1 of 2024 to fill out any remaining spots.

Registration: €200

Registration + abstract submission: €200

Abstract submission without registration (reimbursed by registering): €50                  


Confirmed speakers

We have further uploaded a preliminary programme to the conference page. The meeting features several excellent keynote speakers. More detailed description of confirmed speakers can be found at the end of the email.


We have pre-booked rooms at a variety of hotels in Aarhus, and you can choose your preferred place during the registration process. If you would like to check the options already, here our recommendations: We recommend the Radisson Blue Hotel and the Scandic Aarhus City Hotel, with the latter being in closest walking distance to the venue (1.5km). The Mayor Hotel is a mid-price option and the Cabinn Hotel a budget offer.

How to get to Aarhus

The website also provides information on how to reach Aarhus. You can fly into Aarhus Airport via Copenhagen or London Stansted. Another option will be travelling to Billund Airport (1.5h south of Aarhus), which is well connected to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Billund is also where Lego-land and Lego House is placed. Well worth a stop.

If you have any question concerning the event, the hotels or your travel options, don’t hesitate to contact the organisers. The contact details are found on the website too.

Travel Grants

We are happy to announce an Early Bird Abstract Competition”! If you submit your abstract by March 1st, 2024 you will enter the competition for a travel grant and/or registration waiver of up to 500EUR! Our scientific committee will evaluate the excellence of all abstracts and grant at least 10 awards to the successful early birds!

Note, every abstract submission is charged a 50EUR fee. If you are granted the Early Bird Award you will get reimbursed at that time. Otherwise, you will still get it back as a discount on registration.


Submit your abstract using this link until March 1st to enter the competition.


More information about the conference:


On behalf of the Organizers,

Christian Kanstrup Holma and Soeren R. Paludan

On behalf of the organizing committee:

Professor Christian Kanstrup Holm, Aarhus



Confirmed Speakers: 


1.       Ole S. Søgaard, Prof, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, DK

He studies how host factors determine the clinical outcome of a virus infection. Ole is a physician-scientist intrigued by the interaction between viruses and the human immune system. His long-term ambition is to contribute to the development of a cure for HIV infection. Internationally, his work in this area is widely recognized. Ole has also been involved in the scientific monitoring of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Denmark and is involved in several other COVID-19 related research projects.


2.       Søren R. Paludan, Prof, Dept. of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, DK

His research is centered around understanding how the immune system is activated during viral infections and how the immune system can contribute to both the fight against infections and the development of diseases. His research is internationally leading and has received several prestigious grants and awards. His research includes numerous top-level publications and has been cited more than 29.000 times (H index of 73).


3.       Nathalie Balaban, Prof, Hebrew University, IL

She is a trained biological physicist, and her research focuses on anti-microbial resistance to anti-biotics. Professor Balaban is a world-class scientist, and her work is regularly published in the most prestigious scientific journals including Nature (2021), Science (2017and again in 2020).


4.       Rachel Mc Loughlin, Prof, Trinity College, Dublin, IE

She is currently employed at Trinity College in Ireland and her research has made a significant international impact and has directly informed development of next-generation vaccines to treat antimicrobial resistant bacterial infections. Her research is focused on understanding the host immune response to Staphylococcus aureus exposure, with a particular focus on adaptive cellular immunity.


5.       Jan Rehwinkel, Prof, Oxford University, UK

He is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying host-pathogen interactions. In particular, Jan studies how cells detect virus infection. His work lies at the intersection of immunology, virology and molecular biology. As a postdoctoral fellow, he investigated how RNA viruses such as influenza A virus are recognised by innate immune sensors, particularly RIG-I. In 2012, Jan moved to the University of Oxford to establish his independent research group. His laboratory is part of the MRC Human Immunology Unit and the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. Today, his research dissects nucleic acid sensing by innate receptors in the context of virus infection, autoinflammatory disease and cancer.


6.       Massimo Palmarini, Prof, University of Glasgow, UK

He is a professor of virology at University of Glasgow. Massimo established his research career with work on animal retroviruses and has made pioneering contributions to an important veterinary pathogen, applying an approach incorporating molecular virology, viral pathogenesis, and immunology. His research has also extended to the emerging threat posed by arthropod-borne viruses, specifically bluetongue virus and Schmallenberg virus. As Director of the MRC - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research he has shown inspired leadership in rejuvenating the Centre, planning and developing the Centre as the UK’s leading “one health” human/veterinary enterprise in viral diseases. Recently, Professor Palmarini has made profound discoveries in the area of host restriction factor BTN3A3 and its relation to zoonotic potential of influenza A viruses.



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