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It's never too late to help! If you would like to help plan and organize the VIVO 2017 Conference, please contact the Conference chair, Alex Viggio. Thanks!


This task force organizes the 2017 VIVO Conference.


  • Everything needed to hold the 2017 conference, including, but not limited to:
    • Selecting the site
    • A full program of keynotes, invited, contributed speakers, posters and workshops
    • All conference logistics including planning of food and beverage, signage, registration, and related events
    • All conference marketing and promotion, including email, print media, social media, and web site
    • All conference sponsorship
  • Wrap-up and transition to the 2018 conference planning task force, including
    • Selection of site for the 2018 conference
    • Selection of the program and conference chairs for the 2018 conference
    • Posting of presentations and photographs from the 2017 conference


The task force will work all year up and through next year's conference.  A simplified/conceptual schedule is below.




Recruit task force members, conduct, review 2016 conference survey, post presentations and photographs from 2016 conference, review conference timeline


Review/finalize conference organization, meeting processes. Announce site and dates. Launch web site.


Begin marketing and sponsorship work. RFP for 2018 site.


Begin keynote invites
JanuaryBegin invited speaker solicitation, begin sponsor solicitation
FebruaryCall for workshops, papers and panels
MarchBegin reviewing abstracts, finalize workshops
AprilLate-breaking call for papers
MayContinue marketing and promotion
JuneFinalize program
JulyFinalize sponsorship, signage
AugustWorkshops, meetings, and conference


Alex Viggio - Conference Chair

Violeta Ilik - Program Chair

Paul Albert - Conference Vice-Chair

Eric Meeks - Program Vice-Chair

Julia Trimmer

Carol Minton Morris

Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez - Sponsorships

Mike Conlon

Graham Triggs

Terrie Wheller

Simon Porter

Mark Newton

Lauren Gala

Marian Puglisi - administrative support 


Meeting Times


Communication Channels

  • The wiki will contain progress information.

  • VIVO Updates emails as needed

  • Conference chairs brief the Steering Group as needed


  1. I advocate for a "Demo session" in parallel with Poster session.

    1. It's been proposed already and will be included pending logistics at WCM. Thanks.