Ecology goes viral!

Introducing the Netherlands Association of Virus Ecology (NAVE)

Viruses are the most diverse and numerous biological entities on the planet. The Netherlands has a long history of virological research, extending back to the birth of this discipline. Research has largely focused on the study of viruses and the diseases caused by them. Scientific perspectives on viruses have shifted and the ecological role of viruses and their significant impact on ecosystems is increasingly acknowledged.

In the Netherlands, a growing number of interdisciplinary research groups focus their investigations on viral ecology, ranging from theoretical to field studies and from oceans to soils. We believe that it is an opportune time to initiate a national network to stimulate interactions between researchers and encourage collaboration.

The goal of NAVE (Netherlands Association of Virus Ecology) is to bring together researchers in viral ecology to (i) promote a regular exchange of scientific results and ideas, (ii) explore opportunities for collaboration,  (iii) provide a networking platform for junior scientists in this field, (iv) interact collectively with experts from different fields, and (v) increase the visibility of viral ecology.

We aim to organize an annual scientific meeting with presentations and roundtable discussions on emerging themes of research. Furthermore, we foresee every half-year an online meeting on a timely topic, and coordination of outreach activities (with both scientific and general audiences). Of course, this can all be developed further by your input and we plan to make this an agenda point for the first meeting.

To keep low operating expenses, we plan to hold the annual meetings at a research institute or university. The first kick-off meeting will be 1 day but we hope that future meetings will include an evening program to inspire communication and discussion.

We aim for the kick-off meeting to take place (in person) Friday 11 March 2022 at the NIOZ on Texel. It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us!

Interested? Let us know and we will place you on the mailing list.

Looking forward meeting you,

Mark Zwart and Corina Brussaard

  • Prof Corina Brussaard 
    Aquatic Virus Ecology
    NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Texel) & University of Amsterdam 
    corina.brussaard [at]
  • Dr Mark Zwart
    Plant Virus Ecology & Evolution
    Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO, Wageningen)
    M.Zwart [at]

Viruses of Microbes Meeting and Webinar series

Many of us are excited for the upcoming Viruses of Microbes (VoM) conference taking place summer 2022 in Portugal (after being rescheduled from 2020). 

In collaboration, the International Society for Viruses of Microorganisms (ISVM)Phage Directory, and the organizers of VoM 2022 are excited to announce Season 2 of iVoM, a webinar series of online lectures from prominent researchers studying viruses of microbes.

Season 2 began this December 2021 and six more sessions run from January to May 2022, in the lead-up to the exciting VoM, July 2022.

We hope this second season of iVoM events will enable you to connect more with the ISVM society, which now has close to 800 members from over 40 countries. As you may know, ISVM membership remains free, so please consider registering to be informed about upcoming conferences, news from our society and having your voice heard within the ISVM organization.

Please go to to sign up for iVoM Season 2. 

On behalf of ISVM president Rob Lavigne &  iVoM Organizing Team Corina Brussaard and Matthias Fischer