President's comment: EU Referendum

World mapIn response to the referendum result of the UK to leave the European Union, the British Society for Immunology has released a comment from our President, Professor Peter Openshaw.  
        
"Immunology is a global science; it shares with other branches of science an in-built internationalism that must continue to thrive, whatever the political climate ... The BSI will continue to work with funders and decision makers to ensure that these enormously valuable international collaborations continue to shape the future of bioscience and medicine.” 


To read the full comment click here

BSI response to paper on Zika vaccine trials in mice

      
The BSI has released a statement in response to a new paper published in Nature reporting the trial results of two types of vaccine against the Zika virus in mice.  You can read the full statement, from the BSI's Presdient Professor Peter Openshaw, here
 
The BSI was quoted in the BBC News Online report on this research. 
   
Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
          
       

BSI JOURNALS' IMPACT FACTORS INCREASE

Celebratory fireworks The 2015 Impact Factors have been released, and we are delighted to say that both of our journals' IFs have increased! We are particularly encouraged by the performance of Immunology, as this marks its sixth consecutive rise and sees it finally break into the '4's.

Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2015 Impact Factor: 3.148
Immunology 2015 Impact Factor: 4.078
 
These figures are a testament to the constant hard work of the Editors-in-chief, their associate editors, and the journals teams at both the BSI and Wiley. We must also credit our authors and readers, whose devotion to the field of immunology and interest in our journals is vital to their rude health.

May the upward trajectory continue!

BSI publish new report celebrating the internationalism of immunology

Immunology: an international life saving science
The UK ranks first amongst the G7 for the quality of its research in infection and immunology, a fact that is in no small part due to the numerous global links and relationships that support world-class immunological research in our institutions.
    
Our new report ‘Immunology: a global, life-saving science’ highlights why these issues matter and makes a number of recommendations that can help ensure UK immunology continues to flourish on the international stage.
   
      

We are hiring!

BSI are hiring
We are recruiting a Policy and Communications Assistant to help us develop excellent policy work and communicate this to external audiences.

The role is ideally suited to an intelligent and organised graduate or post-graduate with a demonstrable interest in science who is looking to gain policy and public affairs experience in the science or health sectors.

Please see here for further details.

Interested in helping to organise Congress?

Keynote speech at BSI Congress 2014
The BSI is looking for four new members for our Congress Committee. The primary focus of this committee is to be responsible for the planning and delivery of the BSI Congress. In particular, the committee reviews and approves the scientific programme for Congress, and is involved, as required, in organising and chairing specific sessions, and reviewing abstracts. The Committee also plans satellite activities such as public engagement activities linked to the Congress, and has responsibility for budget planning and conference organisation.
 
Members sit on the committee for four years and are expected to attend quarterly meetings, usually in London. For more information and the full Terms of Reference please see here
 
If you are interested in joining this committee, please submit max. 500 words outlining a summary of your career and what you would bring to the committee to Emilie Thomas, Committee & Governance Manager at [email protected] by 12 noon on Friday 1 July. We welcome applications from all full members of the BSI at any stage of their career. Applications will be reviewed by Leonie Taams (Congress Secretary), and Jo Revill (CEO).



BSI Committee Update

Following the recent call for nominations, we are delighted to announce the following stood unopposed and are therefore elected:

Trustee: Matthias Eberl (from Jan 2017)
Groups and Meetings Secretary: John Curnow (from Jan 2017)
Forum: Northern Ireland: Louise Cosby / Early Career: Rebecca Newman / Veterinary: Maria Montoya / PhD: Antonios Psarras & Fane Mensah (since the call, the second PhD rep post became vacant, so both candidates have been elected). 

We have two candidates for Congress Secretary - Gary Entrican and Simon Milling. All full members (as at 19/5/2016) are eligible to vote in this election, please keep an eye out for an email from Electoral Reform Services on 3rd June with full details. 
   



International Congress of Immunology 2016 / International Veterinary Immunology Symposium


International Congress of Immunology is taking place in Melbourne, Australia between 21-26 August 2016.  International Veterinary Immunology Symposium is taking place on the Gold Coast Australia between 16 - 19 August 2016. Registration is now open for what promises to be two fantastic meetings. Visit www.ici2016.org or  http://ivis2016.org/ for more details.

The British Society for Immunology (BSI) actively promotes and supports excellence in research, scholarship and clinical practice in Immunology for the benefit of human and animal health and welfare. It seeks to help British Immunology accomplish the highest possible goals.


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