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Teaching immunology to future cohorts

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Birmingham, UK
In person
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The BSI Teaching Affinity Group is excited to announce its inaugural teaching immunology conference, taking place on the afternoon of Tuesday 16 and morning of Wednesday 17 July at Conference Aston, Birmingham. This conference will centre on the theme of "Teaching immunology to future cohorts," and will explore key topics such as curriculum development, assessment strategies, and innovative teaching practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with fellow immunology teachers, participate in interactive workshops, and network with fellow immunology educators. This event promises to be a valuable platform for sharing knowledge and advancing the quality of immunology education. Students are very welcome to attend the event.

In the lead up to this conference, the BSI Teaching Affinity Group is undertaking a survey capturing how immunology is taught in UK universities, with the ultimate aim of developing a core immunology guide curriculum. The survey can be found here

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Tuesday, 16 July 2024

12:00 | Registration and lunch

13:00 | Welcome and introduction to the BSI Teaching Affinity Group

13:15 | Sponsor talk: Professor Leanne Williams (Academic Lead, LearnSci, UK)
Working smarter, not harder

13:30 | Keynote speaker: Professor Ian Turner (University of Derby, UK)
Back to the future: innovative teaching for tomorrow's students

14:30 | Refreshment break

15:00 | Dr Bronwen Burton (University of Bristol, UK) and Dr Ray Amith (University of Toronto, Canada)
EDI, decolonisation and sustainability values

15:30 | Dr Anna Furmanski (University of Oxford, UK) and Dr Naomi Martin (University of Nottingham, UK)
Workshop 1: How do we teach immunology?

17:30 | Close

19:00 | Conference dinner (included in registration fee)

Wednesday, 17 July 2024

09:30 | Short talk: Dr Jose Saldana Fabregat (St George’s London, UK)
Associational and Collaborative Learning in Immunology

09:45 | Dr Anna Furmanski (University of Oxford, UK) and Dr Naomi Martin (University of Nottingham, UK)
Workshop 2: What does an immunology curriculum look like?

10:45 | Refreshment break

11:15 | Dr Anna Furmanski (University of Oxford, UK) and Dr Naomi Martin (University of Nottingham, UK) 
Workshop 2: What does an immunology curriculum look like?

12:00 | Keynote speaker: Dr Donald Palmer (The Royal Veterinary College, UK)
My journey as BSI Education & Careers Secretary (2020-24): trains, planes and automobiles

13:00 | Lunch and depart


Registration is open, book your place here.

BSI members benefit from reduced registration fees at this meeting and other BSI events, as well as free access to our journals, grants, career development activities and much more. You can sign up to become a member online. For current BSI members, your reduced fee will be applied automatically if you are logged in to your account. All fees include VAT.

 BSI memberNon-member
Early Career/Clinician in training (read the criteria)£78£144
Postgraduate (anyone studying a PhD or Masters) £54£102*
Senior (retired) (read the criteria)£54£102
Discounted membership/rate (read the criteria)£54*£102*
Undergraduate (membership is free)£24-

*If this fee applies to you, please contact for a discount code prior to registering.

BSI grants to support your attendance at this event

As part of our career development package, we have two grants available to BSI members to support your attendance at this event. 

  • BSI Regional & Affinity Group Conference Grants: BSI members can apply for up to £200 to contribute towards their travel costs in attending this conference. In this scheme, we have 10 grants available for this conference and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to eligible BSI members. Deadline: Tuesday 25 June 2024. Find out more and apply.
  • BSI Regional & Affinity Group Carers' Grants: BSI members can apply for up to £200 to contribute towards extra care arrangements costs they incur during the conference, for example, childcare costs, or for additional care for the applicant themselves. Deadline: Tuesday 25 June 2024. Find out more and apply.


Thank you to our sponsors who are supporting this event.


If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact our Director of Events & Training, Jane Sessenwein, at