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BSI Congress

The British Society for Immunology Congress is our flagship event attracting over 1,400 immunologists from around the world. It is held two out of every three years, taking a break in the year that the European Congress of Immunology is held.


BSI Congress 2021

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. Book before Friday 22 October to take advantage of the early-bird discount.

Use #BSI21 and follow @bsicongress on Twitter to stay updated.

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.

Visit the Congress 2021 website

BSI virtual conference

BSI Congress was originally due to take place in 2020 but, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, it has now been rescheduled to Sunday 28 November to Wednesday 1 December 2021. In its place, we presented our first two-day virtual scientific conference, ‘Connecting immunology in the time of COVID-19’, which took place on 1–2 December 2020. We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our speakers, presenters, chairs, sponsors and delegates who helped to make the conference a success.

The scientific committee put together an inspiring programme that included sessions on cancer immunology, immunotherapy, vaccinology, infection challenge models and COVID-19 immunology. We were honoured to welcome Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, to our ‘Immunology and COVID-19’ plenary session on the day that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved for UK use. In total, we welcomed over 780 attendees and connected with people from 31 different countries! All abstracts from the conference are still available to read on the conference website.

BSI Congress 2019

The 2019 British Society for Immunology Congress took place in Liverpool on 2-5 December 2019. A special thank you to all our speakers, presenters, chairs, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates who helped to make the Congress a success. Thank you as well to our wonderful Congress Committee, and in particular our Congress Secretary, Gary Entrican, for all their hard work in lining up a brilliant programme of sessions and speakers. This year we welcomed over 1,400 attendees - another new record for our Congress.

BSI Congress 2017

The 2017 British Society for Immunology Congress took place in Brighton on 4-7 December. We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our speakers, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates who helped to make the Congress a success. Thank you too to our wonderful Congress Committee, and in particular our outgoing Congress Secretary, Leonie Taams, for all her hard work and dedication in bringing together such an excellent line up of sessions and speakers. In total, we welcomed over 1,250 attendees through the doors at Brighton - a new record for our Congress as a stand alone event. You can view all the photos from the event on our Flickr channel

BSI Congress 2016

The BSI/NVVI Annual Congress 2016 was held jointly with the Dutch Society of Immunology. We would like to thank the Congress organising commitees, led by Leonie Taams and Janneke Samsom, and all the speakers, chairs and exhibitors who helped to make the event such a success. Thank you too to all our delegates - we hope you enjoyed it and it provided you with lots of immunology insights and networking opportunities. All delegates will have been emailed a feedback questionnaire about the Congress. Please do fill this out and return it to us - it's really important for the planning of next year's event that we know what you liked and didn't like and how we can improve.  You will receive your certificate of attendance upon return of this questionnaire.

You can view photos from the event on our Flickr channel.


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