Research Day 2020

Jan. 1, 2020: The Emerging Pathogens Institute's annual Research Day event is fast approaching! Submit your abstracts to be included in our thirteenth celebration of research centered on new and reemerging pathogens.

Research Day 2020

Research Day for the Emerging Pathogens Institute is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2020 and will be held at the University of Florida in the Reitz Union - Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor). Researchers who wish to participate are kindy invited to submit their abstracts. The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, January 24, 2020.

Follow this link to submit an abstract.

This is a day that provides an outstanding opportunity for investigators in the field of emerging pathogens/infectious diseases to showcase their work and meet other investigators (and potential collaborators) with similar interests. We would strongly encourage anyone working in this field to submit an abstract for the Research Day poster session, which will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on February 13th. This past year we had over 160 poster abstracts submitted, and we look forward to having at least that number again this year. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 7, 2020.

Follow this link to register.


9:00 a.m.: Registration, breakfast & poster set-up
10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.: Poster sessions (presenters are asked to stand by their posters)
12:00 p.m. -12:45 p.m.: Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Keynote speakers (see below)
3:30 p.m.: Wrap-up & poster removal

Keynote Speakers

Philippe J. Sansonetti: Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Collège de France; and Head of The Center for Microbes, Development and Health at Institut Pasteur of Shanghai.

  • Presentation title: "Microbes Sans Frontières: an agenda for the 21st Century"

Kathryn Hanley: Regents' Professor of Biology, Department of Biology at New Mexico State University.

  • Presentation title: "Waiting in the Wings: Spillover, spread and spillback of mosquito-borne viruses."

More Details

Students, post-docs, and faculty are strongly encouraged to submit research poster presentations dealing with emerging pathogens and/or infectious diseases. While posters with new, original data are preferred, posters submitted at national meetings within the past 18 months are also acceptable for presentation. Submissions from other universities and from local/county/state health departments are welcome. Last year we had a record number 166 posters presented; we look forward to exceeding that number this year.

  1. Don’t forget to check your abstract for errors.
  2. Abstracts will be printed in the Research Day abstract booklet. You will receive an email confirming the acceptance of your abstract once you hit “submit.” If you do not receive this, please contact us at
  3. There is a 400 word max on your abstract. This is only for the abstract. You may have more than 400 words on your poster.
  4. You may submit more than one abstract.
  5. Poster presentations may include new data or may reflect material that has been presented at national meetings within the past 18 months.
  1. Poster boards are 4’ tall and 5’ wide.
  2. Font size should be no less than 14 pt for paragraph text and 18 pt for sub-titles. 36 pt text or larger is ideal for the poster title. Sans serif fonts are best for paragraph body texts. You want to make sure your poster can be read from a distance.

Please email the EPI Research Day Team if you have any questions.

Please visit our website to stay up to date on this event.