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BSI Virtual Summer School 2021

Online
Wednesday, 14 July, 2021 - 09:45 to Thursday, 15 July, 2021 - 16:00

 

The British Society for Immunology will be running a virtual Summer School on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 July 2021 from 09:45-16:00 BST. The event is designed for those studying immunology at PhD level or those with equivalent industry or clinical sector experience. It would also be suitable for postdocs who have transferred disciplines into immunology. The event will give you the opportunity to hear from some of the leading immunology researchers, present your research orally or as a poster and win prizes.

This year’s BSI Summer School will be a virtual event held over the course of two days, with a morning and an afternoon session each day. The scientific talks will be on a wide range of immunology topics including the latest COVID-19 research, cancer immunotherapy, ageing and mathematical modelling, amongst other topics. There will also be a career development panel and a wellbeing session.  

This is an invaluable chance to enhance your immunology knowledge and gain experience presenting your research!


Programme

The BSI Summer School will cover a wide range of topics and include talks from some of the leading immunologists in the UK including: 

  • Prof Peter Barlow - inflammation
  • Prof Mark Coles - mathematical modelling
  • Prof Tim Elliott - cancer immunotherapy
  • Prof Muzlifah Haniffa - single cell analysis
  • Prof Janet Lord - immune ageing
  • Prof Peter Openshaw - COVID-19 research
  • Prof Faith Osier - malaria immunology
  • Prof Lucy Walker - autoimmunity

In addition we will be hosting a careers panel for the next steps to take after a PhD. This will include speakers who followed a variety of paths Dr Alice Burton (academic), Dr Fane Mensah (business director) and Dr Ben Owens (industry). There will also be a wellbeing session on how PhD students can successfully navigate the world of research with Dr Sophie Acton.
 

Please see the full programme below. You can also view the schedule for the selected lightning talks here and for the virtual posters here

Wednesday 14 July 2021 - Morning session

Time Topic Speaker

 09:50 -10:00

Welcome and introduction to Summer School

Dr Donald Palmer (Royal Veterinary College)          

10:00 - 10.30

Does Immunology Add Up? 

Prof Mark Coles (University of Oxford)

10:30 – 11:00

Information Technology for Immuno Therapy

Prof Tim Elliott (University of Oxford)

11:00 – 11:15

Break

 

11:15 – 12:15

Lightning talks round 1 

Selected students 

12:15 - 13:00

Poster session 1

 

 

Wednesday 14 July 2021 - Afternoon session

Time Topic Speaker

14:00 – 14:40

Careers panel discussion: next steps after your PhD

Dr Fane Mensah (Synthace), Dr Alice Burton (UCL) and Dr Ben Owens (EUSA Pharma)

14:40 – 15:10

Inflammation: modulation in the context of viral infection

Prof Peter Barlow (Edinburgh Napier University)

 

15:10 – 15:25

Break

 

15:25 – 15:55

Immunity to SARS-CoV-2: the good, the bad & the ugly 

Prof Peter Openshaw (Imperial College London)

15:55  -16:00

Closing remarks

Dr Donald Palmer (Royal Veterinary College) 

 

Thursday 15 July 2021 - Morning session

Time Topic Speaker

 09:55 -10:00

Welcome and introduction to the second day

Dr Donald Palmer (Royal Veterinary College)          

10:00 - 10.30

Follicular helper T cells - do they help or hinder in autoimmunity?

Prof Lucy Walker (University College London)

10:30 – 11:00

Decoding the developing immune system 

Prof Muzlifah Haniffa (Newcastle University)

11:00 – 11:15

Break

 

11:15 – 12:15

Lightning talks round 2 

Selected students 

12:15 - 13:00

Poster session 2

 

 

Thursday 15 July 2021 - Afternoon session

Time Topic Speaker

14:00 – 14:40

Managing the world of research for PhD students 

Dr Sophie Acton (University College London)

14:40 – 15:10

Immune ageing: consequences & corrections

Prof Janet Lord (University of Birmingham)

15:10 – 15:25

Break

 

15:25 – 15:55

Malaria immunology  

Prof Faith Osier (Imperial College London)

15:55  -16:00

Closing remarks

Dr Donald Palmer (Royal Veterinary College)  


Abstract submission

The abstract submission deadline has passed and submissions are now closed. 



Registration and fees

Registration for this event is now open. 

This event is £15 for BSI members. If you’re not a BSI member yet, you can join the BSI online – membership provides many benefits to help you progress your career. Postgraduate membership (including PhD) is £25 and early career membership is £40 for one year. 
 

BSI membership type Summer School cost
BSI Postgraduate (PhD) £15
BSI Early Career (Postdoc) £15
Non-member £60

BSI membership provides you with many benefits that can help you progress your career.

If you wish to find out more, please contact our Education & Careers Officer, Eolan Healy



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