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Introduction to BSI Diversity & Inclusion Framework

Cover of the British Society for Immunology diversity and inclusion framework featuring different coloured blocks and diverse characters dressed as construction workers as part of 'work in progress' conceptThe British Society for Immunology is an inclusive and ambitious community. We act as a focal hub for the immunology community, supporting and empowering immunologists to drive forward scientific discovery and application together and ensuring society is aware of the significant positive impact that immunology research has on human and animal health.

Providing a safe and open platform for all those working in immunology is at the core of our mission. Through enacting the diversity and inclusion goals set out in our current strategic plan, we believe we can bring our immunology community together and change the world for the better.

The immense passion and dedication we see in all of our members has played a critical role in advancing our understanding of the immune system and delivering real benefits to global health. However, for immunology to unleash its full potential and maintain the incredible transformation we’ve seen in recent years, we must move forward in our journey to becoming a truly diverse and inclusive community.

For many years, we have worked hard to open the doors of immunology and show that it can be a fulfilling career path for everyone. Our starting point has always been listening to our community.

We know that we must continue to make progress in EDI, and it is through this two-way conversation with our members that we have developed our first diversity and inclusion framework. With it, we are renewing our commitment to building a fairer, more inclusive immunology community in which opportunities are within reach to the broadest range of people.

In our new framework, you will find highlights from our established work which will serve as pillars for the future. Building on those, we have begun working on focal areas presented here and on ways to further integrate EDI within the Society. Our diversity and inclusion framework begins our long-term plan of action in this area which, together with the support from our community, will enable a fair and equal working environment and better health for all through immunology.

Professor Arne Akbar, British Society for Immunology President
Dr Doug Brown, British Society for Immunology Chief Executive

Download full BSI Diversity & Inclusion framework (pdf)