The Organizing Committee of the 13th National Virology Congress (CNV) are pleased to announce that the Congress will be held from 7th to 10th June, 2015 at the Ateneo de Madrid where the Opening Session will take place. Whereas the Scientific Sessions from 8th to 10th June will be held at the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda, the building of which is located next to the famous Retiro Park and Palacio de los Deportes. The 13th CNV will have great pleasure to host the Italian Society for Virology (SIV) together with the Spanish Society for Virology (SEV). The participation of virologists from Latin America will be especially welcom. The SEV, the SIV and the Organizing Committee hope that you will enjoy the Congress in Madrid and exploit the opportunity to interact with your colleagues.

The members of the Organizing and Scientific Committees have planned an attractive Scientific Programme with the presence of Spanish and foreign virologists of recognized prestige that will cover various fields of basic, applied, translational and clinical aspects of human, veterinary and plant virology. The programme will also cover the fruitful interactions of virology with other areas of biology, medicine, nanotechnology, computing, chemistry and physics. We hope that basic and clinical researchers working in any branch of virology will be interested in submitting abstracts and actively participating in this Congress. All together, we will be able to discuss current progress, achievements and challenges in the study of viruses with the aim of generating new ideas and promoting research among the community of virologists, in a Congress that we hope will be both a fruitful and relaxed. To make the participation for young researchers in the scientific sessions easy, short (3 minutes) "flash-presentation" sessions have been scheduled in the Scientific Programme.

We would like to thank the Scientific and Organizing Committees of this 13th National Congress of Virology for the enthusiasm and effort in the preparation of this important event. We are especially grateful to the staff of the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón and other institutions of Madrid for their help with the local issues. We extend our thanks to the President and the Executive Board of the Spanish Society of Virology for the support to this Congress. Moreover, we gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of several institutions and companies: the 13th CNV would have not been possible without their support.

Moreover, we believe that Madrid will offer you all the tourist attractions of a modern European capital. Therefore, it would be great pleasure for us if you could mark these dates in your agenda.

With my best regards on behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Mª Angeles Muñoz-Fernández
Chairwoman of the Organizing Committee of the 13th CNV