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POSTPONED Oxford Immunology Symposium 2020

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (550), Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

We regret to inform you that the British Society for Immunology, our Oxford Immunology Group and the University of Oxford Immunology Network  have decided to postpone this event 'Oxford Immunology Symposium' which was due to take place on 30 March in Oxford 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. 

This has been 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.  However, after carefully reviewing the situation, we have decided that the most responsible option for us is to limit travel and large group gatherings.

I’m sure that you share in both our, our Oxford Immunology Group and the University of Oxford Immunology Network's disappointment that we are unable to go ahead with this event on the planned date.  We are currently looking into alternative options with a view to running the event at a later date. We have contacted all registered delegates directly but if you have any questions in the meantime, please email

Thank you all for your support.

The British Society for Immunology's Oxford Immunology Group is pleased to collaborate with the University of Oxford Immunology Network to present a one day showcase of the fantastic immunology research happening across Oxford. This is taking place on Monday 30 March 2020 at the University of Oxford. 


08.30-09.00 Registration with tea, coffee and pastries
09.00-09.15 Welcome from Paul Klenerman

Session 1 - Session Chairs: Paul Klenerman and Alex Spencer
09.15-09.40 Mariolina Salio (Human Immunology Unit, University of Oxford)​ - Ligand-dependent modulation of MR1-restricted antigen presentation
09.40-10.05 Nicholas Provine (Translational Gastroenterology Unit, University of Oxford) - Activation of MAIT cells plays a critical role in the immunogenicity of adenovirus vector vaccines Lightning talks

10.30-11.00 Tea/coffee

11.00-11.25 Holm Uhlig (Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford) - One gene many disorders - how Gp130- associated Mendelian diseases inform the biology of interleukin 6 family cytokines​
11.25-11.50 Tal Arnon (Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford) - Finding the way home; lymphocyte recirculation in the spleen
11.50-12.05 Selected talk
12.05-12.20 Selected talk

12.20-14.00 Lunch with poster viewing

Session 2 - Session Chairs: tbc
14.00-14.25 Rachael Bashford-Rogers (Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford)​ - Using Genetics to Investigate the Adaptive Immune Responses in Health and Immune-mediated diseases
14.25-14.50 Sally Cowley (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford) - ​Modelling Neuroinflammation using human induced Pluripotent Stem cell-derived Microglia
14.50-15.05 Selected talk
15.05-15.20 Selected talk

15.20-15.40 Tea/coffee

15.40-16.05 Dimitra Peppa (Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford) - Harnessing Natural Killer cell responses in HIV infection
16.05-16.30 Pedro Moura Alves (Ludwig Institute, University of Oxford) - Spying on bacterial communication: AhR sensing of bacterial quorum and infection dynamics
16.30-17.15 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Judi Allen (University of Manchester) ​Macrophages, macroparasites & matrix: lessons in immunology from helminth infection
17.15-17.20 Closing comments and prize giving

17.20-19.00 Networking reception​ 

Abstract submission

Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work. The abstract submission deadline is Friday 6 March 2020. Please submit your abstract (max. 200 words) using this Google doc form.


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

A speakers’ dinner will be held on 30 March 2020 and delegates are welcome to attend the dinner. The cost is £40, including VAT, and the deadline for registering to attend the dinner is 13 March.

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

Gold sponsor

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Bronze sponsor

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Insight biotechnology

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


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