The deadline for submission of taxonomy proposals for 2017 is June 8, 2017. Please see https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/taxonomy-proposal-templates/ for more information.
The next ICTV Executive Committee meeting will be held in conjunction with the 17th International Congress of Virology (ICV) that is part of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) meeting in Singapore. All virologists are invited to the ICTV plenary session to be held during the IUMS2017 congress, on Monday 17 July, 11:30-12:30 at the Marina Bay Sands Conference Centre. The plenary session provides an opportunity to meet members of the Executive Committee, and to hear reports of ICTV activity over the last three years from the President and each of the Subcommittees. Voting members of ICTV (Life Members, National Members and Subcommittee members) can also participate in elections to many of the positions on the Executive Committee for the period 2017-2020. Please see the ICV Congress program for the location of the Plenary session. Information on the elections, along with profiles of the candidates can be found at https://talk.ictvonline.org/information/w/elections
The ICTV 9th Report on Virus Taxonomy is also available online in a freely accessible format from this web site at http://ictv.global/9th-report/. This online version contains a complete copy of all chapters published in 2011 in the printed Report. The 9th Report was based on the ICTV taxonomy of viruses released in 2009.
Summaries of the Online Report chapters are published in the Journal of General Virology, ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles section. These summaries are linked to the full Online Report chapters on the ICTV website and are indexed in PubMed.
We are sad to report the passing of Professor Hans Wolfgang Ackermann, a long-time contributor (since 1975) and life member of the ICTV. If you wish to leave condolences for his friends and family, please visit the following web site: http://www.fcfq.coop/avis-de-deces/hans-wolfgang-ackermann-139243/.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), we have published a paper in Archives of Virology that discusses the history of the ICTV, past and current developments in virus taxonomy, and future prospects. The paper can be downloaded from the AoV link above, or from the ICTV web site.
In June of 2016, the Wellcome Trust sponsored a meeting organized by ICTV Executive Committee members on metagenomic sequencing and its impact on virus classification. Meeting participants have published a consensus statement in Nature Reviews Microbiology that considers the rationale for why metagenomic sequence data should, and how it can, be incorporated into the ICTV taxonomy. This publication includes proposals endorsed by the Executive Committee of the ICTV for moving forward with metagenomic sequence classification. More information is available from this link.
A comment on this article has been published by the Editors of Nature Reviews Microbiology in: "A sea change for virology", Nature Reviews Microbiology 15, 129 (2017).
For previous news announcements, please see https://talk.ictvonline.org/information/w/news
ICTV gratefully acknowledges financial support from the American Society for Virology, Microbiology Society, the Virology Division of IUMS, and Wellcome. ICTV also very gratefully acknowledges the support it receives from all its Executive Committee members, Study Group members and National Representatives who volunteer a huge amount of their time and financial support to ensure that ICTV continues to function for the good of virology. We would also like to thank Donald Dempsey and Curtis Hendrickson from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for their work on the development of the web site and taxonomy database.