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British Society for Immunology Congress 2021

Edinburgh, UK
Sunday, 28 November, 2021 - 00:00 to Wednesday, 1 December, 2021 - 00:00


The British Society for Immunology Congress 2021 will take place from Sunday 28 November to Wednesday 1 December 2021 in Edinburgh, UK.

This is the UK's premier immunology event attracting over 1,400 attendees to enjoy our extensive 4-day programme of cutting-edge research from leading UK and international researchers. Our Congress Committee have put together an inspiring programme covering the breadth of immunology while shining a spotlight on hot topics.

We are delighted to announce Dr Rafi Ahmed from Emory University (USA) will be our keynote speaker. The programme will once again feature Bright Sparks in Immunology sessions and plenary and parallel sessions throughout.

Registration is open. Register before Friday 22 October to take advantage of the early-bird discount.

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We look forward to welcoming you for an exciting and innovative mix of the highest quality basic and translational immunology research from around the world.

Plenary topics

  • Metabolic programming of immune responses
  • Human genetic determinants of infection and inflammation
  • Defining the state and functional relevance of T cell exhaustion
  • Calling time on immunology
  • Defining immune microenvironments in organogenesis, inflammation and cancer
  • Immunology in action: controlling COVID-19

Abstract submission

Abstract submission for oral presentations is now closed. Late-breaking abstract submission is available for poster presentations only until Friday 22 OctoberClick here to submit a poster abstract.


Registration is now open. Register before Friday 22 October to take advantage of early-bird discounts.

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Save the date

Abstract submission deadline: Monday 6 September 2021 (midnight BST)

Bursary application deadline: Monday 4 October 2021

Early registration deadline: Friday 22 October 2021


BSI Congress was originally due to take place in 2020 but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was postponed until 2021. We aim to keep our community safe, maintain the value of the conference and enable the fundamental interactions needed between immunologists in the rescheduled event. A huge amount of work goes into this event and we thank our Congress Secretary, Professor Gary Entrican, our Congress Committee and our Regional and Affinity Groups for their hard work and contribution to the event to date.

Our plan is for this to be an in-person event, with all the benefits of networking opportunities and face-to-face interactions that this brings. However, we will also run an option for those who would like to tune into sessions virtually. We will continue to follow the latest government guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic and share any changes that may impact this face-to-face event with delegates and potential attendees as soon as possible. In all eventualities, we will strive to run the best event possible to serve the immunology community.

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