Skip to main content

Frontiers in comparative immunology series: T cell biology

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre: 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, EH1 1TH Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Thursday, 2 April, 2020 - 10:00 to Friday, 3 April, 2020 - 13:30


There have been many significant advances in recent years in understanding the turnover, migration and function of conventional T lymphocytes and the importance of resident T cell populations in local immune surveillance. We will bring together speakers with expertise in the different disciplines that are being applied to advance this important field.

This meeting is being organised by the Comparative and Veterinary Immunology Group (CVIG) of the British Society for Immunology (BSI) in conjunction with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) UK and the Veterinary Vaccinology Network (VVN). CVIG and UK VVN have a shared vision that this meeting will advance our knowledge and understanding of conventional T cells and stimulate new cross species collaborations.

Attendees are welcome to bring a poster, ideally portrait size A1.


Day 1
10:00 Registration and welcome tea and coffee

Session 1: Harnessing T cell immunity 
11:00 Annette Oxenius (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland) - Regulation of T cell immunity by NK cells
11:30 Gregers Jungersen (Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark) - Harnessing T cell immunity by adjuvant immunomodulation
12:00 Short talk ECR 
12:15 Andy Sewell (University of Cardiff, UK)

13:00 Lunch

Session 2: Magnitude, Quality and  Function of T cell responses
14:00 Jim Kaufmann (University of Cambridge, UK)
14:30 Wilhelm Gerner (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria)
15:00 Short talk ECR 
15:15 Tom McNeilly (Moredun, Edinburgh, UK)

15:45 Tea/Coffee

Session 3: T cell diversity and plasticity 
16:15 Tim Connelly (Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, UK)
16:45 Short talk ECR
17:00 Crystal Loving (USDA, Ames, USA)

19:00 Dinner

Day 2

Session 4 Regulation of T cell immunity
 9:00 Rose Zamoyska (University of Edinburgh, UK)
 9:30 Dietmar Zehn (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
10:00 Short talk ECR
10:15 Ann Ager (University of Cardiff, UK) - L-selectin revisited: new roles in protective immunity to viruses and cancer

10:45 Tea/Coffee

Session 5 Systemic and resident memory 
11:15 David Masopust (University of Minnesota, USA)
11:45 Megan Macleod (University of Glasgow, UK) - Tracing enhanced cytokine production by influenza virus specific memory T cells
12:15 Short talk ECR 
12:45 Elma Tchilian (The Pirbright Institute, UK) - Harnessing porcine lung tissue memory cells for protection against influenza

Lunch - end of the meeting


Online registration is now open. You can join the BSI online - membership provides many benefits to help you progress your career. Undergraduate membership is free.

Fees include attendance for both days, refreshments, lunches and the conference dinner.

 BSI Members
 BSI Member - Full  £150
 BSI Member - Early Careers *  £150
 BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £85
 BSI Member - Concessionary **  £85
 Non-Member  £250
 Non-Member - Postgraduate & Concessionary  £115
 Undergraduates  £20

*  Early careers includes scientists employed as post-doctoral researchers, for the first 5 years post graduation.
** Concessionary includes Parental leave, Career Breaks, Retired, Emeritus Retired.

Abstract submission

Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work. The abstract submission deadline is Thursday 20 February 2020. Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words) using this Google doc form.


Our thanks to the following sponsors for supporting this event​.

Gold sponsor

Silver sponsors

Bio Rad logo

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

Scholarships/travel bursaries

The Veterinary Vaccinology Network (VVN) ERC scholarships:
The VVN scholarships provide £150 to aid early career researchers to attend this meeting and are available to: Early Career Researchers (PhD students, postdocs (fixed term contract), or within 5 years of obtaining a PhD)  from research organisations within the United Kingdom.

A completed application along with a brief CV (maximum one page) should be sent to: by no later than 20 February 2020. For more information and to download an application form, please click here. For any queries, please email Kate Sutton at

International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) scholarships:
The IVVN scholarships allows scientists working in low to middle income countries (LMICs) to attend this meeting. The scholarships cover: economy return flights; return airport transfers to and from the conference location and the conference registration fee including catering as shown in the programme.

A completed application along with a brief CV (maximum one page) should be sent to: by no later than 10 January 2020. For more information and to download an application form, please click here. For any queries, please email Carly Hamilton at




Become a member today

Click below to find out how to become a member.

Join the Society