Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and the International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS), we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 31st International Papillomavirus Conference & Clinical and Public Health Workshops that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 28th – March 4th,​ 2017​.

Through workshops, invited lectures, and oral and poster sessions presenting the latest research results, the conference will cover papillomavirus (PV)-related topics from basic science to global health impact.  In line with the IPVS mission of addressing the most recent advances across the spectrum of PV research, conference themes will include the epidemiology and molecular biology of PVs; animal models for the study of papillomaviral disease; impact of the microbiome on HPV; basic immunology and pathogenesis of PVs; therapeutic and prophylactic vaccines; prevention of cervical cancer and other PV-associated diseases, and promotion of the spread of the scientific knowledge to benefit the whole community. This last aspect is particularly appropriate for this conference, as it is the first time it is being held on the African continent - where cervical cancer is increasingly a major public health problem, especially where it is further exacerbated by HIV co-infection.

We are happy to host the 2017 HPV meeting in the vibrant city of Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is home to two of South Africa's eight World Heritage sites – Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was famously imprisoned, and the astonishingly rich Cape Floral Region – as well as having Table Mountain, recently voted one of the world's new seven wonders of nature.  

We do hope that you will join us in what promises to be a most extraordinary event!

Yours sincerely,

Anna-Lise Williamson, PhD, Professor

Chair Organizing Committee

Ed Rybicki  PhD, Professor​

Co-Chair Organizing Committee

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