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International Women's Day


International Women’s Day takes place on Thursday 8 March. This annual event celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

To mark this day, the BSI would like to recognise the achievements of some of the brilliant female immunologists we have working in the discipline. Our recent careers report highlighted that, although immunology employs a high overall percentage of women, they are disproportionally numerous at junior levels and less likely to hold senior positions.

We want to show that immunology can represent an exciting and fulfilling career path for everyone throughout their working life and work with others in the sector to achieve a fair and equal working environment, accessible to all. 


How to get involved

To highlight the achievements of women in immunology, we’re asking you to nominate a female immunologist who you admire – this could be someone who has made a seminal breakthrough, a mentor who has supported your career, a colleague whose work you admire, a technician who is essential to smooth running of your lab or a student who has worked hard to complete a project – really just someone who you think immunology is privileged to have working in the discipline. We have lots of brilliant female immunologists working at all career grades in the UK and throughout the world and we want to use this event to highlight their achievements. 

You can send us your suggestions to or via social media on our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram accounts.  To launch the project, we asked some of our Trustees and members to put forward some suggestions of inspirational women working in immunology, past and present.  

Please use the hashtags #WomenInImmunology and #IWD2018 when posting on social media.

If you have any queries, please contact Jennie Evans, Head of Communications.






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