The One Health Poultry Hub will co-host the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) online symposium on ‘Vaccines for Poultry’ on 25 February 2021. The event is part of a series of online symposiums taking place to replace IVVN’s third annual conference which was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

Hub Director Professor Fiona Tomley will chair the event, alongside Professor Hualan Chen of Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, China. The symposium will be a mixture of presentations from invited speakers, abstract submissions and talks from awardees of IVVN grant funding. An interactive poster session will see attendees presenting their research. The deadline for abstracts is 4 February.

Speakers at the symposium include Hub members Professor Brendan Wren of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine presenting on ‘New approaches for the development of recombinant glycoconjugate vaccines for poultry, pigs and ruminants’, and Professor Munir Iqbal of The Pirbright Institute presenting on ‘Passive immunisation with engineered recombinant single chain variable fragment (scFv) antibody protects chickens from avian influenza’.

Fiona Tomley said:

One short year ago serious discussions about vaccines were pretty rare outside of specialist meetings. As for most things in life, COVID-19 has turned this on its head. Public appetite for vaccine news and opinion seems insatiable and the vocabulary of vaccinology has become familiar in the media.  Never before has there been such awareness and interest in vaccines so this virtual symposium is timely and we at the One Health Poultry Hub are delighted to co-host it with IVVN.


The poultry sector has a proud record in ‘early adoption’ of vaccine technologies, including the use of viral and bacterial vector vaccines, DNA vaccines, and plant-based expression systems, and has proved itself adept at rolling out mass vaccination programmes through innovative in-feed, in-water and in-ovo delivery systems.


The programme for this symposium truly represents the cutting edge of vaccinology research and I am personally honoured and excited to be co-chairing with my very eminent co-chair Professor Hualan Chen.

  • Visit the IVVN website to find out more and register for the symposium, which is free of charge.