BSI committee nominations 2023 are now closed. Thank you to everyone who has stood up for a position. Voting will open on Wednesday 12 April 2023.
This year we have eight positions open for nominations including positions on the BSI Member Representative Forum, the Congress Committee and the Board of Trustees:
BSI Board of Trustee vacancies
- 3 General Trustees (start July 2023)
BSI Member Representative Forum vacancies
- Early Career Representative (starts July 2023)
- Industry Representative (starts July 2023)
- PhD Representative (starts July 2023)
BSI Congress Committee vacancies
- 2 General Members (starts June/July 2023).
The BSI Congress Committee vacancies are open for nominations and the positions will be elected by the CEO and Congress Secretary to complement the existing expertise on the committee.
You can find out more about BSI committees here. The nomination period will close at 17:00 BST on Monday 27 March 2023.
This year's election process will again be run by Civica Election Services (CES) to ensure a robust, independent process via a specialist portal. In this portal, you can view more information about the election process, read job descriptions up for nomination and submit your nomination.
Why should you stand for election?
Joining a committee offers you exciting opportunities beyond your day job including contributing to a community of like-minded people to make a real difference to immunology in the UK and developing your personal and professional skills.
In line with our Diversity & Inclusion framework, we encourage nominations from BSI members* that reflect the diversity of our community. To ensure we continue fostering a culture within immunology that ensures fair treatment and opportunity for all, we particularly welcome nominees from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds.
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 from some of our current committee members on their experience of being on of a BSI committee:
Professor Tracy Hussell
"Being part of a BSI committee is a great way to shape the future of British immunology, influencing policy, education and research, with an exciting and vibrant team."
Dr Faith Uwadiae
Early Career Representative, BSI Member Representative Forum
“Being a member of the BSI Forum has given me the opportunity to voice my opinions about issues that I care deeply about, and watch these thoughts being actioned into tangible changes that benefit the Society, the membership and the whole immunology community. As a Forum member I have also learnt so much about how and why decisions are made which I have found fascinating.”
Professor Matthias Eberl
Trustee & Public Engagement Secretary, BSI Board of Trustees
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Board. Being a Trustee gives a unique insight into how the Society operates, working closely with the amazing team in the office and with some of the leading immunologists in the country, and having a chance to contribute to shaping the future of immunological research, education and public outreach."
Dr Federica Villanova
Industry representative, BSI Member Representative Forum
"It has been an incredible experience to see and contribute first hand to the impactful work the BSI is doing for both immunologists and our society. I have widened my horizons and professional network to feed back on industry aspects, key for BSI’s mission to support immunologists from all areas. It has been a unique and fulfilling time – an opportunity I highly recommend!”
PhD Representative, BSI Member Representative Forum
“Being a PhD representative has enabled me to meet fellow immunologists from across the sectors, people I would never have had the opportunity to connect with otherwise. This has helped me not only gain insight and influence from my current position but also helped me envision where my career will head in the future.”
Dr John S Tregoning
General Member, BSI Congress Committee
"I’ve really enjoyed being on the Congress Committee. The work burden is relatively light (and you get a free lunch at least once a year). More importantly, you get to shape the most important event of the year – the BSI Congress. Also, a great opportunity to network and meet your favourite immunologist in person!”
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?
How to nominate yourself
If you're interested in running for election for one of the positions available this year, the nomination process is straightforward. Head to the nominations portal which is operated by Civica Election Services and complete your nominations form with a short personal statement detailing why you are suited to the role along with a short paragraph of yourself. You will need to name two BSI members as supporters on your application.
If you have any questions or need support with your nomination, please contact Kajal Tanna at email@example.com.
What happens next?
The nominations period will close at 17:00 BST on Monday 27 March 2023. The nomination data will be collated and if more than one person has stood for a position for the vacancies on the Board and the Member Representative Forum, that position will then go to elections, which will open on Wednesday 12 April 2023 and close on Friday 5 May 2023. The final result will be announced by Friday 12 May 2023. Stay up to date by following us on Twitter here.
*You must be a current member of the British Society for Immunology to be eligible to put your name forward for nomination and/or 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 who do not have to pay a membership fee and low-income economy overseas who have a 100% discount on their 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 Wednesday 15 March 2023. You will be eligible to vote in the election if you become a member by Tuesday 25 April 2023.