News - 2017

News stories posted in 2017

November 8, 2017

ICTV in Nucleic Acids Research

An article appearing in the Nucleic Acids Research 2018 Database issue, "Virus taxonomy: the database of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)" describes the ICTV database and the web-based tools available to query that database: Lefkowitz EJ, Dempsey DM, Hendrickson RC, Orton RJ, Siddell SG, Smith DB. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Oct 13. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx932. PubMed PMID: 29040670. 

November 8, 2017

The Virus Metadata Resource

The Virus Metadata Resource (VMR) is a downloadable spreadsheet that provides information on exemplar viruses for each species. This information includes GenBank and RefSeq accession numbers for exemplar viruses and isolate and common names for viruses belonging to a species. 

July 25, 2017

Plenary Session Minutes

Minutes from the 2017 ICTV Plenary session held during the Singapore International Congress of Virology can be found here

July 21, 2017

ICTV Executive Committee 2017 - 2020

The ICTV announces the following changes to the Executive Committee following retirement of several long-standing members and the election of new members during the 49th EC meeting and Plenary session at the IUMS Conference in Singapore, July 2017:

We would like to thank our retiring members for their many years of service on the Executive Committee and wish them all the best in their future endeavors:

  • Mike Adams: 12 years of EC service
  • Sasha Gorbalenya: 12 years
  • Hélène Sanfaçon: 9 years

We welcome our three new Executive Committee members who will be serving as Elected Members:

  • Bas Dutilh, Netherlands
  • Sandra Junglen, Germany
  • Luisa Rubino, Italy

We finally recognize current EC members who will be serving in new roles:

  • Stuart Siddell: Vice President
  • Arcady Mushegian: Business Secretary
  • Jens Kuhn: Chair - Animal dsRNA and ssRNA- Viruses Subcommittee
  • Peter Simmonds: Chair - Fungal and Protist Viruses Subcommittee
  • Max Nibert: Elected Member

July 10, 2017

New ICTV Newsletter

The 2017 ICTV Newsletter #14, July 2017 has been released. The Newsletter can be downloaded here

June 21, 2017

Pending Taxonomic Proposals

To view (and comment on) proposals that have been submitted to the ICTV for consideration at this year’s Executive Committee meeting this July in Singapore, please see the files listed by Subcommittee at Since each proposal requires two files (a description of the proposal and a spreadsheet detailing the taxonomic changes), the two files have been combined together as a single .zip archive for downloading. 

 May 11, 2017

Proposal Submission for 2017

The deadline for submission of taxonomy proposals for 2017 is June 8, 2017. Please look here for more information. 

May 11, 2017

ICTV 2017 Executive Committee Meeting, Plenary Session, and Elections

The next ICTV Executive Committee meeting will be held in conjunction with the 17th International Congress of Virology (ICV) that is part of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) meeting in Singapore. All virologists are invited to the ICTV plenary session to be held during the IUMS2017 congress, on Monday 17 July, 11:30-12:30 at the Marina Bay Sands Conference Centre. The plenary session provides an opportunity to meet members of the Executive Committee, and to hear reports of ICTV activity over the last three years from the President and each of the Subcommittees. Voting members of ICTV (Life Members, National Members and Subcommittee members) can also participate in elections to many of the positions on the Executive Committee for the period 2017-2020.

March 21, 2017

ICTV 2016 Taxonomy

February 12, 2017

Hans Wolfgang Ackermann (1936 - 2017)

We are sad to report the passing of Professor Hans Wolfgang Ackermann, a long-time contributor (since 1975) and life member of the ICTV. If you wish to leave condolences for his friends and family, please visit the following web site:

January 18, 2017

ICTV Online (10th) Report Now Available

The ICTV Online (10th) Report on Virus Taxonomy is now available in a freely accessible format from the ICTV web site at Over a three-year cycle, ICTV Study Groups will update the information in the chapters of the 9th Report as well as produce chapters for newly created virus taxa. To start, updated chapters are available for the Ascoviridae and Flaviviridae families of viruses. Additional chapters will be added on a regular basis. 

Summaries of the Online Report chapters will be published in the Journal of General Virology. These summaries will be linked to the full Online Report chapters on the ICTV website and be indexed in PubMed. 

January 18, 2017

JGV: ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles

Summaries of the Online Report chapters are published in the Journal of General Virology, ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles section. These summaries are linked to the full Online Report chapters on the ICTV website and are indexed in PubMed. 

January 18, 2017

ICTV 9th Report Now Available Online

The ICTV 9th Report on Virus Taxonomy is now available online in a freely accessible format from the ICTV web site at This online version contains a complete copy of all chapters published in 2011 in the printed Report. The 9th Report was based on the ICTV taxonomy of viruses released in 2009. 

January 12, 2017

50 years of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses: progress and prospects

To mark the 50th anniversary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), we have published a paper in Archives of Virology that discusses the history of the ICTV, past and current developments in virus taxonomy, and future prospects. The paper can be downloaded from the AoV link above, or from the ICTV web site

January 4, 2017

Consensus statement: Virus taxonomy in the age of metagenomics

In June of 2016, the Wellcome Trust sponsored a meeting organized by ICTV Executive Committee members on metagenomic sequencing and its impact on virus classification. Meeting participants have published a consensus statement in Nature Reviews Microbiology that considers the rationale for why metagenomic sequence data should, and how it can, be incorporated into the ICTV taxonomy. This publication includes proposals endorsed by the Executive Committee of the ICTV for moving forward with metagenomic sequence classification. More information is available from this link. 

A comment on this article has been published by the Editors of Nature Reviews Microbiology in: "A sea change for virology", Nature Reviews Microbiology 15, 129 (2017)