The 2021 British Society for Immunology Congress, which took place in Edinburgh on 28 December – 1 December, has now come to an end. We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our speakers, presenters, chairs, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates who helped to make the Congress a success. Thank you too to our wonderful Congress Committee, and in particular our Congress Secretary, Gary Entrican, for all their hard work and dedication in bringing together such an excellent line up of sessions and speakers. In total, we welcomed over 1,600 attendees both virtually and in Edinburgh – a new record for our Congress as a stand alone event. All abstracts from the Congress are still available to read on the Congress website and attendees will soon be contacted about how to access the recordings of different BSI Congress sessions (dependent on approval from the speaker).
During the BSI Opening Ceremony, we announced our six new honorary members in recognition of their outstanding contribution to immunology and/or to the Society itself. Congratulations also go to the prize winners from the Bright Sparks in Immunology sessions and poster prizes. Additionally, we were delighted to award the BSI Global Impact & Innovation Award to all those involved in the design and development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Delegates should now have received an email containing a link to a feedback survey. Please do take the time to fill this out and tell us about your experiences at the BSI Congress 2021. It is only through hearing from you what you liked and what we could do better that we can make future Congresses even more successful.
Professor Arne Akbar, President of the BSI, and Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the BSI, said:
"BSI Congress 2021 was a huge success and we both feel very lucky to be associated with the BSI staff, Trustees, Congress Committee and the Regional & Affinity Groups who have worked incredibly hard to deliver such an amazing event for our members. It is without doubt that this coming together of the immunological community will be a stimulus for even more world leading research outcomes leading to tangible benefits to human and animal health.
"We wish to extend a special thank you to our outgoing Congress Secretary Professor Gary Entrican who will be greatly missed; and we look forward to working with his successor, Professor Mark Coles in planning next year's event. This Congress was a reminder of the importance of the immunology community in this current climate and it is our great honour to be the President and the Chief Executive of our Society."
Don't fear, BSI Congress will be back in 2022 when we will be returning to the beautiful city of Liverpool. The Congress will take place on 5 – 8 December 2022. Plenary sessions will cover tropical diseases, neuroimmunology, immunotherapies, blood, systems immunology & innate inborn immunodeficiencies. Follow BSI Congress on Twitter and the hashtag #BSI22 on social media to stay up to date.