Dear future meeting participants,
As you may have noticed, the 28th Brazilian Congress of Virology has adopted a completely redesigned schedule. In previous editions, our meeting started on a Sunday at 2 p.m. and ended in the morning of a Tuesday or Wednesday. In 2017, the opening session of our meeting will start on a Thursday (Sep. 7) at 9 a.m. with the presence of the Directors of the Brazilian Society for Virology.
But why was the schedule changed? Our redesigned schedule provides our meeting with intense action right from the start, with presentations and participant engagement starting on day one. This is the model adopted by great international organizations, such as the American Society for Virology (ASV) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
However, in order for the meeting to be successful, participants will have to arrive in Belo Horizonte by the evening of September 6. And to help participants make it in time for the meeting, the Congress secretariat will be open to welcome attendees on September 6 starting at 9 a.m. We are also preparing a surprise social event scheduled to take place on the evening of September 6. So do not miss it!

We look forward to seeing you in Belo Horizonte.
Organizing Committee of the 28th Brazilian Congress of Virology


Enjoy Belo Horizonte

Praça do Papa

Casa do Baile

Praça Sete

Comida Mineira

Igreja da Pampulha

Praça da Liberdade

Although dynamic and bold, Belo Horizonte is a young town that still preserves the essence of the State’s traditions. Located in a privileged spot in Brazil with connections to all Brazilian States, the city offers great weather all year long and countless natural beauties. Locals are known for being friendly, warm, and fun.
The architectural and landscaping complex around Praça da Liberdade (Liberty Square) is a visitor-favorite and one of the city’s postcards. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles, the plaza was built to house the Government headquarters and State Secretaries. The plaza’s beautiful gardens and fountains are surrounded by famous buildings, such as the Palácio do Governo (Governor’s Palace) and the Edifício Niemeyer (Niemeyer Building), in addition to the former State Secretaries, now converted into centers for the arts and culture.
Recently elevated to the category of World Heritage Site, the architectural complex designed by Oscar Niemeyer includes the Igreja de São Francisco de Assis (Church of São Francisco de Assis, known to locals as the little church in Pampulha), the Museu de Arte (Arts Museum, formerly a casino), the Casa do Baile (Ballroom House), and the Iate Tênis Clube (Iate Tennis Club). Pampulha is also the home to the Mineirão and Mineirinho stadiums, the stages of sports and artistic performances, the city’s zoo, the Belo Horizonte Japanese Garden, and the Pampulha Ecologic Park.
The city offers a wide range of museums. The Museu de Arte da Pampulha (Pampulha Arts Museum), originally designed by Oscar Niemeyer as a casino, has a permanent collection and offers an intense cultural program with works of artists from all over the world, in addition to multimedia rooms, and a café. The Museu de Artes e Ofícios (Museum of Arts and Crafts) located at Praça da Estação, is the only of its kind in Latin America. More than 2,000 artifacts portray professions from the 18th to the 20th century. The Museu de Mineralogia Professor Djalma Guimarães (Prof. Djalma Guimarães Mineralogy Museum) in the Praça da Liberdade complex, also known as the “Queen of Scrap” for its unusual architecture, offers a collection with over 3,000 minerals from all over the world. The Museu Histórico Abílio Barreto (Abílio Barreto Historical Museum) is the only house still standing from the days of the Arraial do Curral del-Rey, the village that later became Belo Horizonte, and offers a glimpse into the past of the city. In addition to these, many other museums enrich the city’s cultural life: the Morphologic Sciences Museum at UFMG, the Giramundo Museum, the Inimá de Paula Museum, the Mineiro Museum, the Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden at UFMG, and the Natural Sciences Museum at PUC.
The Praça do Papa (Pope’s Square) was named after Pope John Paul II when he visited Belo Horizonte in 1980. During an outdoor mass attended by thousands of people, the Pope uttered the famous words “what a beautiful horizon.” A monument was erected on the square to honor the illustrious visitor. Framed by the Serra do Curral range, Pope’s Square offers a unique view of the city.
Designed by landscaping artist Burle Marx, the Mangabeiras Park boasts 570 acres of native forest, ideal for trekking or enjoying a walk in the woods, making it the largest green area in town. The park has a belvedere offering beautiful panoramic views of the city.
The Rui Barbosa Square, better known as Praça da Estação (Railway Station Square), is part of the history of Belo Horizonte: the trains carrying the materials used in the construction of the new state capital arrived there. The square was recently renovated, and has now become one of the city’s main public venues for concerts and events. The Museum of Arts and Crafts is located at Praça da Estação.
Located in the heart of Belo Horizonte, the Mercado Central (Central Market) is a mandatory stop for visitors coming to Belo Horizonte. In its 400 shops one can find almost anything, ranging from fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, beverages, gourmet products and handicrafts of all types, to pets. The countless bars and restaurants at Mercado Central have delighted visitors from all over the world with local delicacies and regional food. The Mercado Central offers a unique and diverse insight into the culture of Minas Gerais.
Some 12,000 bars and restaurants have earned Belo Horizonte the title of “national capital of bars and restaurants.” A number of gastronomy festivals such as “Brasil Sabor” and “Comida di Buteco” are organized every year in the city. But that does not mean visitors are limited to having local food. The best of world gastronomy is very much present in Belo Horizonte. Live music bars and night clubs are also sure to offer lots of excitement and fun.