We are excited to present to you Options XII! This Options will feature several never-before-seen features in the Options series including a focus on underserved populations, a session dedicated to the highest ranked abstracts from Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and a discussion with Nobel Prize winning scientist Prof. Peter Doherty.

We will have a strong focus on ECR career development by hosting the School for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses the day before Options commences. During the conference there will also be an ECR networking evening and an ECR career development lunch (featuring a chance to network with editors from high impact journals and key members of industry). Importantly, there will be lots of prizes and scholarships available to support ECR attendance.

We will of course feature our normal lineup of leading researchers for our plenary sessions which will include sessions on the transmission of respiratory viruses, zoonotic infections, and immunology/vaccine development. We will have 24 sessions in three concurrent tracks featuring speakers selected from submitted abstracts as well as two evening poster sessions.

This year's Options will also feature a live recording of This Week in Virology (TWiV)/Immune - your chance to meet the virology podcast superstars in person.

Finally, we will offer you the opportunity to enjoy Australia's unique native fauna from the comfort of the conference itself - with a chance to cuddle some of Australia's cutest marsupials whilst learning about the latest cutting-edge research on respiratory virus infections!

We look forward to seeing you there!!