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British Society for Immunology Winter School

Nottingham, UK
Monday, 3 December, 2018 - 00:00 to Wednesday, 5 December, 2018 - 00:00


***Registration for this event is now closed***

The British Society for Immunology will be running its Winter School on 3-5 December 2018 in Nottingham. This event is tailored specifically to Immunology MSc students, providing them with the opportunity to hear presentations from some of the UK’s leading immunology researchers. As well as a series of talks on a range of immunology topics there will be a careers session, discussing a range of possible career opportunities; a group task, requiring students to work together and present their work and plenty of opportunity to network and speak with the senior immunologists attending.


Monday 3 December

11.00 - 12.00 - Arrival and registration

12.00 - 13.00 - Lunch

13.15 - 13.30 - Welcome, Helen Collins (King's College London), Doug Brown (British Society for Immunology)

Session 1 - Immune activation and regulation

13.30 - 14.00 - How to get T lymphocytes to the right place at the right time, Ann Ager (Cardiff University)
14.00 - 14.30 - Here to stay: IL-17+ CD8+ T cells in psoriatic arthritis, Leonie Taams (King's College London)
14.30 - 15.00 - Analysing immune cell accumulation, interactions and function in the inflamed joint, Paul Garside (University of Glasgow)

15.00 - 15.30 - Coffee break

Session 2 - Immunity in the respiratory tract

15.30 - 16.00 - Extracellular matrix fragments as key modulators of inflammation and remodelling in chronic lung disease, Robert Snelgrove (Imperial College London)
16.00 - 16.30 - Investigating human type 2 response in respiratory disease, Dave Cousins (University of Leicester)
16.30 - 17.00 - Respiratory viral infections across the life course, Fiona Culley (Imperial College London)

17.00 - 18.00 - Explain Dragons Den presentation - split into groups

19.30 - 22.00 - Dinner and networking

Tuesday 4 December

08.00 - 09.00 - Breakfast

Session 3 - Immunity to infections

09.00 - 09.30 - Parasites - friends or foes of a healthy immune system, Rick Maizels (University of Glasgow)
09.30 - 10.00 - T cells in trouble - how do we optimise T cells for function in harsh environments? Andrea Cooper (University of Leicester)
10.00 - 10.30 - Understanding the role and therapeutic potential of host defence peptides against respiratory viruses, Donald Davidson (University of Edinburgh)

10.30 - 11.00 - Coffee break

Session 4 - Different ages of immunity

11.00 - 11.30 - Immunity in the neonate, Deena Gibbons (King's College London)
11.30 - 12.00 - What can B cell repertoire analysis tell us about ageing? Deborah Dunn-Walters (University of Surrey)
12.00 - 12.30 - Immune responses in ageing, Janet Lord (University of Birmingham)

12.30 - 13.30 - Lunch

13.30 - 15.30 - Dragons Den presentation preparation, speakers roaming

15.30 - 16.00 - Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30 - Career panel discussion

17.30 - 18.30 - Plenary - New tricks for old T cells, Arne Akbar (University College London)

20.00 - 22.00 - Dinner and networking

Wednesday 5 December

08.00 - 09.00 - Breakfast

09.00 - 11.00 - Dragons Den presentations

11.00 - 11.30 - Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30 - Winter School presentation and teaching excellence award

12.30 - 12.45 - Closing remarks

12.45 - 13.30 - Winter School ends (lunch available before departure)

Full programme available here.

The venue have provided a sample menu for the evening meals here.

(This may not be the exact menu offered during the event.)


Registration for this event is now closed.  If you have any questions, please contact Glyn Jones.  



 Postgraduate (PhD and Masters) member  £290
 Non member  £400
 Postgraduate member (PhD and Masters), including 1 year BSI membership  £315

* This event is for MSc students or those at equivalent level, therefore registration is limited to these membership categories. If you are a member who isn't a postgraduate member of the BSI and you wish to attend please contact Glyn Jones.

Accommodation and travel

The registration fees cover two nights' accommodation at the Crowne Plaza, Nottingham as well as all meals throughout the duration of the event, including lunch upon arrival on the Monday and before departure on the Wednesday.

Travel is not included in the registration fees.

The venue for the Winter School (Crowne Plaza, Nottingham) is easily accessible via public transport, located a 16 min walk away from Nottingham train station or a 2 min walk away from the nearest tram stop - Royal Centre.

Parking will be available at the hotel for those driving to the venue.

The venue has provided further information on how to get there here.


Registration for this event will close on Sunday 18 November, all those wishing to attend the event should be registered by this date.

If you are an MSc course leader or an MSc student (or equivalent) who is interested in finding out more about the event, please get in touch with our Education and Careers Officer, Glyn Jones.


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