JULY 20- 24, 2019





Dear Colleagues and Friends,


Come and join us in Knoxville, Tennessee for the 44th International Herpesvirus Workshop!  Knoxville is a medium sized southern town filled with small town charm and southern hospitality. In 1982 it was host to the World’s Fair which brought people from all over the US and the world to Knoxville for weeks of sharing their cultures, futuristic ideas, and plenty of good times!  We’ll get a chance to revisit the spirit of the World’s Fair with our meeting underneath the Sunsphere (aka the Ball) and World’s Fair Park at the Knoxville Convention Center. 


Within a 1-mile radius of the conference, there are great restaurants, unique bars, food trucks, microbreweries, great live music, and interesting shopping options.  Besides a quaint and fun downtown, in a 10-minute drive, you can experience great outdoor adventures.  You can swim or stand up paddleboard in the quarry, take on the Downtown Downhill while mountain biking in the Urban Wilderness, navigate the treetop ropes course at Navitat, or just take a leisurely hike at Ijams Nature Center. 


Of course, there will be world-class herpesvirology here as well.  Presentations by leaders from across the field of herpesviruses: from basic, to clinical to veterinary. It’s never a dull moment when herpes comes to town!   I’m sure the Herpetic Legions will turn it up to “11” for their “Going South” tour reactivating at a local Knoxville venue.  


All of the hotels are within a 10-minute walk of the Knoxville Convention Center and we will have accommodations at the University of Tennessee for a more economical option.  We’ll have plenty of excursions to check out all that East Tennessee has to offer.  We’ll have something for everyone.  Come early or stay late and visit the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Dollywood, or hike the Appalachian trail.  It’s an incredibly beautiful part of the country.  You will see why all the Tennessee Volunteers sing “Good ‘ol Rockytop, home sweet home to me!”


Welcome to Ktown!  It’s a ball, ya’ll!


Julia Hilliard

Georgia State University, USA



Barry Rouse

The University of Tennessee, USA 



Tim Sparer

The University of Tennessee, USA


Sam Speck

Emory University Medical School, USA








Benefits of Attending


  • A robust scientific agenda with cutting-edge presentations by established and emerging leaders across the field of herpes virology.

  • Numerous networking events where new and seasoned researchers can discuss current research and establish novel collaborations

  • Before or after the workshop, enjoy the beautiful city of Knoxville and surrounding areas to experience a vibrant city right on the edge of nature.