We regret to inform our members and the wider immunology community that the British Society for Immunology Congress 2020 has been postponed until 2021 in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
BSI Congress was originally due to take place from Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December 2020 in Edinburgh UK but, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, it has now been rescheduled to Sunday 28 November to Wednesday 1 December 2021.
The British Society for Immunology has taken this difficult decision after careful consideration and active monitoring of COVID-19 developments. Although BSI Congress is at the heart of our activities, by postponing the face-to-face event until 2021, we aim to keep our community safe, maintain the value of the conference and enable the fundamental interactions needed between immunologists in the rescheduled event. A huge amount of work goes into this event and we thank our Congress Secretary, Professor Gary Entrican, and our Congress Committee for their hard work and support to date.
In its place, we are excited to run an online scientific conference in December 2020. We are currently working on the scientific programme and the format of this event and will bring you more details on this interactive virtual offering soon! In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the latest research and build your skills with our three popular webinar series: Connect on Coronavirus, BSI Career Development and BSI Regional and Affinity Group series. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for your understanding and continued support.
Our President, Professor Arne Akbar, has written a message to the membership about the postponement of BSI Congress 2020:
“For many of us, BSI Congress has been a pillar throughout our careers, and in my case, it means over 40 years of fond memories and numerous professional collaborations that helped me move forward. The value of the meeting lies not only in the scientific programme, but also in bringing the immunology community together in a friendly and supportive environment.
“Unfortunately, the current situation doesn’t allow for us to meet face-to-face this year. I’m sure you will all appreciate the significance of the situation and share my understanding and support for the difficult decision made.
“It’s important for us to stay connected during this challenging time, and the launch of a virtual conference in December 2020 offers an opportunity for us to catch up with the latest research while interacting with old friends and making new ones in a safe environment. I look forward to connecting with all of you online!”
BSI Congress Secretary, Professor Gary Entrican, has shared a message about the postponement of BSI Congress 2020:
“2020 has been a year of uncertainty and change as we adapt to the social distancing measures that have been implemented to control the global COVID-19 pandemic. As time has gone on, it has become increasingly clear that we wouldn’t be able to provide the BSI Congress experience that we all know and enjoy and, regretfully, the decision had to be made to postpone the event until 2021.
“BSI Congress Committee and the BSI Events Team have been developing the programme for the past year and almost all of the invited speaker slots have been filled. I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and optimism, which will not be wasted as we aim to deliver our vision for diverse and exciting programme of immunology talks (and associated activities) at BSI Congress in 2021.
“We are very conscious that BSI Congress provides unique opportunities for our early career researchers (ECRs) to present their work and interact. With that in mind, we are designing an alternative online event this year that will support our ECRs and appeal to all. Watch out for the announcements on that and stay safe.”
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