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Connect on Coronavirus: webinars

The British Society for Immunology has developed this series of webinars ‘Connecting on coronavirus: the expert hub’ to provide immunologists with a platform to keep informed with the latest developments on the Coronavirus outbreak by sharing relevant and timely information from expert sources. We’re in an unprecedented crisis in which constant global relief efforts result in around the clock activity. Now more than ever, we need to keep up to date and stay connected within the immunology community.

The series consists of both educational webinars looking into what we know so far about the science behind COVID-19 and rapid response sessions to discuss new and significant studies as soon as they’re made available.

As a part of our commitment to the rapid dissemination of any information which may contribute to the understanding and treatment of COVID-19, all the webinars are free to watch. We encourage you to spread the word to your colleagues in other disciplines.

Are there any topics in particular you’d like us to cover? Have you seen a new journal article that you would like to be discussed? If you’re working on any relevant areas and you’re willing to share your expertise, please do get in touch. The scientific community plays a crucial role in the battle against COVID-19 – we want to raise your voice.

Please email with your thoughts or simply tag @britsocimm on Twitter.

Upcoming webinars

More webinars coming soon! Keep an eye out on this page, our regular events newsletter (sign up here) and follow us on social media @britsocimm for regular updates.

In the meantime, have a look at our other webinar series, BSI Careers in immunology and BSI Regional & Affinity Group, for more insightful sessions.

Past webinars - all free to watch!

Living with immunodeficiency, living with COVID-19 - Margaret Bennett, Professor Siobhan Burns, Professor Alex Richter, Professer Sinisa Savic. Thursday 10 March 2022. View live recording.

COVID-19 vaccines: how effective are they in people with weakened immune systems? - Sir Jeremy Farrar, Lynn Laidlaw, Professor Paul Moss, Dr Michelle Willicombe. Wednesday 15 September 2021. View live recording.

COVID-19 vaccine conversations: discovering your path to effective public engagement - Dr Viki Male, Dr Zania Stamataki, Professor Danny Altmann and Dr Mohammad Alhadj Ali. Thursday 25 March 2021. View the live recording.

The immunology of COVID-19 vaccines: webinar for healthcare workers to engage with ethnic minority communities - Dr Donald Palmer and Dr Dammy Pinheiro. Monday 15 March 2021. View the live recording.

The immunology of COVID-19 vaccines: a webinar for healthcare workers - Dr Emma Chambers and Dr Brian Ferguson, Tuesday 2 February 2021. View the live recording.

COVID-19 vaccine conversations: effective ways of engaging with the public - Professor Sheena Cruickshank and Dr Matt Morgan, Friday 18 December 2020. View the live recording.

B cells and antibodies – what does 'good' look like? - Professor Deborah Dunn-Walters, Thursday 13 August 2020. View the live recording

Immune response to SARS-CoV-2 - Professor Akiko Iwasaki, Thursday 30 July 2020. This was a joint webinar with our BSI Regional & Affinity Group series, organised by the BSI West of Scotland Immunology Group. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available.

SARS-CoV-2 and airway epithelium – the first frontier! - Professor Ultan Power, Tuesday 21 July 2020. View the live recording.

What can we learn from the animal coronaviruses? - Dr Helena Maier and Dr Erica Bickerton, Thursday 25 June. View the live recording.

What can genomics tell us about SARS-CoV-2? - Professor Judith Breuer, Wednesday 10 June. View the live recording.

Antiviral responses in COVID-19 - Professor Paul Klenerman, Wednesday 3 June. A live recording of the webinar is now available.

Controversy in immunity to COVID-19: do we want an immune response or not? - Former BSI President Professor Peter Openshaw and Dr Ryan Thwaites, Wednesday 27 May. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available.

Running the gauntlet in the development of a Coronavirus vaccine for global access - Professor Maria Elena Bottazzi, Friday 1 May. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available

Antibody testing, neutralising monoclonals and other immune therapeutics - Professor Danny Altmann, 17 April 2020. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available for all to view.

Emerging lessons about immunity to COVID19: what does past experience with coronaviruses teach about protective herd immunity and vaccine approaches? - Professor Danny Altmann, 7 April 2020. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available for all to view.

The impact of altered immunity during ageing on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection - BSI President, Professor Arne Akbar, 2 April 2020.  A recorded version of the live webinar is now available for all to view.