Arch Virol (2006) 151: 413– 422
ICTV in San Francisco: a report from the Plenary Session
M. A. Mayo
and L. A. Ball
Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, U.K.
Department of Microbiology, University of Birmingham at Alabama,
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.
Received October 19, 2005; accepted November 23, 2005
Published online December 29, 2005
At the International Congress of Virology (ICV) in San Francisco in July 2005, the Inter-
national Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) held a Plenary Session. This note
summarizes the reports made to the meeting by the President and the chairs of the ICTV
subcommittees acknowledged at the end of this note. It also reports the results of elections
to positions on the ICTV Executive Committee (EC) and changes made to the statutes that
govern how ICTV operates.
The composition of the EC will change greatly after the Congress because three of the four
ofﬁcers, 5 of the 6 subcommittee chairs and 5 of the 8 elected members will change. The
memberships of the ICTV EC for 2002 to 2005 and for 2005 to 2008 (following the results
of the elections at the Plenary Session) are shown in Table 1.
Since the International Congress of Virology held in Paris in 2002, the EC met in May 2003
at the Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, USA and in July 2004 at Queen’s University,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Immediately after the Kingston meeting, ICTV organized and, with donated funds, spon-
sored a 1-day Satellite Symposium on ‘Virus Evolution’ in association with the annual
American Society forVirology (ASV) meeting held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada,
on July 10, 2004. Drs. Ann Palmenberg and Andrew Ball co-chaired the Symposium, which
featured eight invited speakers. A report of the meeting has been published in Virology
Division News .
In order to disseminate information related to ICTV activities, in 2003 the EC instituted the
electronic distribution of a periodic ICTV newsletter. Drs. Eric Carstens and Andrew Ball co-
edited the ﬁrst three issues of the newsletter, which were distributed in June 2003, February