Global Partnerships & Advocacy Committee


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that one of the most important things we can do to support ASV membership is to build collaboration across the field globally and strengthen the lay understanding of virology and public health around infection.

GPAC plans to strengthen the global virology community through collaborations and outreach and use our combined voices to educate the public on the role of viruses in disease and health.

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Under the Global Outreach Initiative, we will

  • build relationship with sister societies across the globe;
  • ensure virtual access to the ASV conference, including registration scholarships for virtual or in person attendance from people from underrepresented regions of the world increasing the diversity and inclusion of the ASV family.

Under the Advocacy initiative, we will

  • partner with ASM advocacy efforts, including participation in Hill Day;
  • build an advocacy toolbox focused on virus emergence, vaccines, and pandemics for public education and literacy;
  • work with the education committee to develop curriculum guidelines for teaching virology at all levels as part of general biology and microbiology classrooms;
  • .continue to support and evolve “Chat with a Virologist” and “Vaccine Townhalls” as one tool to support advocacy efforts.
Global Scholars at ASV 2022
Global Scholars at ASV 2022

ASV Global Scholars are supported, in part, by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Global Partnerships & Advocacy Committee

    Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Chair (2025)
    Jim Alwine (2025)
    Kari Debbnick (2025)
    Ana Fernandez-Sesma (2025)
    Felicia Goodrum (2025)
    Ed Hutchinson (2025)
    Miguel Quinones-Mateu (2025)
    Allen Segal (2025)
    Duncan Steele (2025)
    Marco Vignuzzi (2025)


Katherine R. Spindler
University of Michigan Medical School
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
1150 West Medical Center Drive, 5635 Med Sci II
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5620
Telephone: 734-764-9686
FAX: 734-764-3562

Andréa Garcia
Administrator to the Secretary-Treasurer; Email:

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Kevin J. Sokoloski
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Louisville, School of Medicine
Tel: 734-764-9686


ASV 2023

June 24 - 28, 2023

42nd Annual Meeting
University of Georgia, The Classic Center
Athens, GA

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