Miroir d'eau Bordeaux

15th Biennial Workshop


Dear Parvovirologists,

It is a pleasure for me organising the 15th biannual workshop on Parvoviruses 2014, which will be held the 22nd – 26th June 2014 in Bordeaux. I have no doubt that the meeting will be a great success thanks to your scientific contribution. As you know the meeting covers all aspects of parvovirology from basic to fundamental sciences. Following this philosophy two keynote speakers from closed topics were invited, who already agreed to come. Felix Rey, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, will give a presentation on RNA virus structure and functional relation, while Seppo Yla Herttuala, University of Kuopio, Finland, will talk about gene therapy.

Bordeaux, located in Southwest France at the Garonne River, is a tourist area but the local government strongly supports science and scientific events. By reason of its magnificent classical and neoclassical architecture with nearly no stylistic changes for over two centuries the town centre of Bordeaux is part of the world heritage.

As some of you may have heard Bordeaux is also renowned for its wine, which is grown on a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares (460 square miles). The wines do not only include the well-known dry red wine but also dry and sweet whites, and also (in much smaller quantities) rosé and sparkling wines. For allowing a combination of both inspiring science and wine, the meeting will be held just before the biannual Bordeaux wine festival.

Although you will find further suggestions for sightseeing in and around Bordeaux later on this page it is not my aim to write a guidebook. But I can ensure that you will not regret if you stay some more days for discovering the region.

For the discovery of Bordeaux I invite you for a virtual visit in 3D by Google Earth.

Hoping to welcome you in Bordeaux soon,

Michael KANN.