We understand that both current BSI and UKPIN members as well as others in the immunology community may have specific questions about how the recent announcement of the upcoming merger between UKPIN and BSI affects them. Here, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions and concerns. If you have any further questions, please email us at CIPN@immunology.org.
What is happening?
The British Society for Immunology has recently announced the intent to merge with the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN). A better integrated, connected and more visible professional network for clinical immunology known as the Clinical Immunology Professional Network (CIPN) will be established within the BSI.
When is the merger taking place?
As the merger proposal is progressing through the final approval stages, there isn’t an exact date for the merger at this time. However, it is expected to take place before the end of the year.
How will I find out when the merger has happened?
We will continue to keep both BSI and UKPIN members informed as the merger progresses . To get the most from your BSI membership and ensure you are up to date with our latest activities, please update your communication preferences via the online membership portal.
Why are the organisations merging rather than collaborating?
The merging of the BSI and UKPIN will allow us to more efficiently support the clinical immunology community to network and engage with each other across many disciplines. Neither organisation is in financial difficulty. This is an opportunity for us to combine our expertise into a single voice for clinical immunology in policy and public affairs, catalyse change and increase impact in our advocacy work and the difference we make for patients.
Will the merger result in a name change for the BSI?
No, we will continue to be known as the British Society for Immunology. However, we will set up a new network within the BSI – the Clinical Immunology Professional Network – to provide our clinical colleagues with a dedicated hub to drive activities and impact in the clinical space.
How does this affect my BSI membership?
Most BSI members will not experience any changes and all BSI activities will continue to be delivered without disruption. When the merger has taken place, those who are eligible will be able to apply to join the BSI-CIPN.
How can I join the BSI-CIPN?
Once the merger has been completed, our membership team will be in touch with all members to outline how you can apply to join the BSI-CIPN.
Where will the BSI-CIPN be based?
The staff team at the BSI works remotely. The registered office of the BSI-CIPN will be at 9 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AP, the same as that of the BSI.
Please note, it remains the case that there is no one in our office who is medically qualified and we are unable to give any medical advice on immune-related conditions.