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BSI Virtual Winter School



The British Society for Immunology will be running a virtual Winter School on Thursday 3 December 2020 from 09:45-16:30 GMT. The event is suitable for those studying immunology at Master’s degree level or those with equivalent industry or clinical sector experience. It would also be suitable for PhD students wishing to update and revise their immunology knowledge. The event will give attendees the opportunity to hear from some of the leading immunology researchers. 

This year’s BSI Winter School will be a virtual event held over the course of one day, with a morning and an afternoon session. It will consist of scientific talks on a wide range of immunology topics including COVID-19, inflammation and vaccines. There will also be sessions on career development and wellbeing for students.  


Morning session 

Time Topic Speaker

 09:45 -10:00

Welcome and introduction to Winter School

Dr Donald Palmer           

10:00 - 10.30

Covid-19 and complement. A toxic combination.

Prof Paul Morgan 

10:30 – 11:00

How parasites regulate the immune system 

Prof Rick Maizels

11:00 – 11:15



11:15 – 11:45

Immunometabolism introduction

Dr Sarah Dimeloe

11:45 - 12:15

Wellbeing for students and self care 

Alexis Hutson


Afternoon session

Time Topic Speaker

14:00 – 14:30

Careers panel discussion

Panel discussion

14:30 – 15:00

Strategies for vaccine development

Dr Alex Spencer

15:00 – 15:15



15:15 – 15:45

Inflammageing: Who started the fire?

Prof Arne Akbar

15:45 – 16:15

Controlling inflammation in the lung and its dysregulation in COVID-19    

Prof Tracy Hussell

16:15  -16:30

Closing remarks

Dr Donald Palmer



Registration and fees

Registration for this event is now open and will close at 23:59 on Sunday 29 November

This event is £10 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, Master’s) is £25 for one year. Undergraduate membership is free.

BSI membership type Winter School cost
BSI Postgraduate (including PhD, Master's) £10
BSI Undergraduate (membership is free) £10
Non-member £50

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

If you are an MSc course leader who is interested in the event and wish to find out more please contact our Education & Careers Officer, Eolan Healy

If you would like to enquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email Jane Sessenwein.



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