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POSTPONED B cell UK 2020

The Glasshouse on the Lock, Holiday Inn Camden, 30 Jamestown Rd, Camden Town, London, NW1 7BY

The British Society for Immunology and the BSI's London Immunology Group have decided to postpone this event 'B cell UK 2020', which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 1 July 2020 in London, UK. This is due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. 

We have emailed all delegates who have registered for this meeting – please check your inbox for further information on what to do. 

Please note that the rescheduled date has not yet been confirmed. 

This was a hard decision for us as our events programme is at the heart of what we do and the activities that we provide for our members.  After carefully reviewing the situation, we decided that cancellation was the most responsible and sensible option for us at this time. We're sure you share our collective disappointment that we are unable to go ahead with this event. 

If you have any questions, please email

Thank you for your support and understanding.

The British Society for Immunology’s London Immunology Group is pleased to announce the first UK B cell meeting on Wednesday 1 July 2020 at the Glasshouse in Camden, London. The aim of the meeting is to bring together the UK’s diverse group of B cell researchers and clinicians and to foster collaboration in a friendly and fun environment.

The importance of B cells to human health and scientific discovery is difficult to overstate. B cells are central to immunity and memory of infection, yet B cell deficiencies have devastating impacts and dysregulation underlines many autoimmune and allergic diseases. From a scientific perspective, molecular biologists have long been fascinated by the regulation of the B cell cycle and antibody gene rearrangement, analysis of which has led to fundamental discoveries in genetics, cell biology and cancer. Monoclonal antibodies have proved fundamental to research in all disciplines of biology and have been an important weapon in our fight against disease since the 1980s. This unique ability to produce antibodies underpins many cutting-edge treatments, forming the basis of the majority of vaccines and checkpoint blockade therapies.

Over 50 years on from the discovery of their role as the source of antibodies, B cells remain one of the most diversely studied and utilised cells of the immune system. Thanks to recent progress in experimental approaches, we now have a greater appreciation of the complex nature of B cell development and their role in immune regulation and homeostasis. Despite this wealth of knowledge, there remains still great activity and interest in the field, with numerous challenges remaining.

Photo competition

To coincide with this first meeting we are running a competition for the best B cell-inspired image. Send your favourite images to or @London_immuno #BUK2020. Please remember to include the meeting title in the email subject line when submitting your images. 


The day will consist of two keynote presentations, selected short talks, elevator pitch presentations, posters and networking sessions where researchers at all career stages will be able to discuss their latest research or even research in the pipeline.

09:15 –  09:45  Registration and refreshments
09:45 – 10:00   Welcome

Session I:
10:00 – 10:30 Opening keynote Professor Anja Hauser - Charité - Universitätsmedizin and Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum Berlin​
10:30 – 10:45 Selected abstract
10:45 – 11:00 Selected abstract
11:00 – 11:15 Selected abstract

11:15 - 11:45  Refreshment break and networking

Session II: Flash presentations
11:45 – 11:50 Selected short abstract
11:50 – 11:55  Selected short abstract
11:55 – 12:00 Selected short abstract
12:00 – 12:05 Selected short abstract
12:05 – 12:10 Selected short abstract
12:10 – 12:15 Selected short abstract
12:15 – 12:20 Selected short abstract

12:20 - 13:30  Lunch and posters

Session III:
13:30 – 13:45 Selected abstract
13:45 – 14:00 Selected abstract
14:00 – 14:15 Selected abstract
14:15 – 14:30 Selected abstract

14:30- 15:15  Refreshment break and networking

Session IV:
14:15 – 15:30 Selected abstract
15:30 – 15:45 Selected abstract
15:45 – 16:15  Dr Ziv Shulman (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) - Germinal centers: a game of clones in immunological niches ​​
16:15 - 18:00  Networking reception

Abstract submission

Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work. The abstract submission deadline is Friday 1 May 2020. Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words) using this Google doc form. Please specify when submitting your abstract if you would like your abstract to be considered for a selected short talk (10 minute talk), elevator/very short talk (3 minute talk, no more than 3 slides) and/or poster (or any combination of the 3). Very short talks and posters especially would be ideal for researchers in the early stages of their projects keen to discuss their approach.


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.

 BSI Members
 BSI Member - Full & Early Careers *  £30
 BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £20
 BSI Member - Concessionary **  £20
 Full & Early Careers *  £50
 Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £35
 Concessionary **  £35
 Undergraduate (membership is free)  £10

*  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.


Our thanks to the following sponsors for supporting this event.

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If you would like to enquire about sponsorship opportunities for this meeting, please email Jane Sessenwein.​



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