Nominations have now closed. Voting for all positions will be open from 2 April and full details on how to vote will be circulated to members shortly. The election results will be announced on the BSI website the following week.
Nominations for vacancies on the British Society for Immunology's Board of Trustees and Forum committee are now open. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get involved in the work of the Society and make a real difference to immunology in the UK.
- General Trustees x2 (from summer 2019)
- Clinical Secretary (from January 2020)
- Forum (non-Trustees) (all from summer 2019)
- Clinical Representative
- Early Careers Representative
- Industry Representative
Given recent staff changes and to ensure continuity in our work, the Trustees have agree to extend the term of office of our current Education Secretary, Helen Collins, by one year until June 2020.
This year’s election process will again be run by the Electoral Reform Services to ensure a robust, independent process via a specialist portal. In this portal, you can view more information on the election process along with job descriptions of the positions up for nomination and submit your nomination.
Should you stand for one of the positions?
We encourage applications from BSI members from all backgrounds and career grades. For most positions, you don't need to have previous experience of sitting on a committee, but you do need lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved to help formulate our activities and policies.
Hear some of our current trustees and forum members share their experience of being on a BSI committee:
BSI General Trustee - Professor Simon Milling, University of Glasgow
"Joining the BSI Board of Trustees has been extremely rewarding. This is an exciting time for immunology and for the BSI, and being a Trustee both guarantees a front seat from which to watch our science evolve, and offers a real opportunity to influence the direction of this evolution. I highly recommend it!"
BSI Early Career Trustee - Dr Emma Chambers, University College London
"Joining a BSI committee has improved my networking and I have gained confidence in speaking about issues I care about"
BSI General Trustee - Professor Matthias Eberl, Cardiff University
"I thoroughly enjoy being part of a community of like-minded people who share the same passion for science, and being able to play an active role in the very society that has helped and supported me throughout my career."
BSI General Trustee - Dr Divya Shah, Wellcome Trust
"I applied for the position of Trustee to broaden my knowledge of the work the BSI does, advance their mission in supporting early career researchers and promote equal opportunities in immunology."
BSI Clinical representative - Dr Matthew Buckland, Great Ormond Street Hospital
"The purpose of the BSI is to promote excellence in immunology research, teaching and clinical applications. By joining a BSI committee you can contribute to a community of like-minded people and see ideas translate into action. I have found being a member of the BSI forum extremely rewarding."
BSI Early career representative - Dr Laura Pallett, University College London
"The BSI Forum is a platform that promotes the discussion of all kinds of issues affecting immunologists at all career stages. Most notably I’ve realised it really is possible to influence scientific policy & drive new and exciting initiatives. Sitting on the Forum has been a fantastic opportunity"
If you're considering standing for one of the positions available, ask yourself:
- Are you committed to immunology and to the Society and want to help shape our future?
- Are you willing to speak your mind and contribute to the voice of immunology?
- Do you want to get more involved and use your skills and experience to make a difference?
- Are you happy giving your time, thoughts and energy to represent your fellow members?
- Can you work collaboratively to support the BSI and promote equal opportunities in immunology?
Watch our video to find out more about why you should consider standing for one of these positions.
What happens next?
Nominations open at 10:00 on Monday 25 February 2019 when you will be able to put yourself forward to stand for one of the vacancies. The nominations period closes at 17:00 on Tuesday 19 March 2019. If more than one person has stood for a position, that position will then go to elections, which will open on Tuesday 2 April and close on Friday 26 April. The final result will be announced by Tuesday 7 May 2019.
Please do consider putting your name forward to serve on one of our Committees. If you have any queries, please contact our Executive Assistant, Katie Panayi.
You must be a current member of the British Society for Immunology to be eligible to put your name forward for nomination and/or to vote in the elections. Nomination and voting rights are open to all paid categories of membership and honorary members. Please note, this excludes undergraduate members and low-income economy overseas members who do not have to pay a membership fee. If you are not yet a BSI member, you can join the organisation by visiting our membership pages. You will be eligible to put yourself forward for nomination if you join the Society by Tuesday 5 March 2019. You will be eligible to vote in the election if you become a member by Friday 12 April 2019.