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BSI elections: a message from our President

Our President, Professor Arne Akbar, has written an open letter to the membership about the importance of participating in the committee elections. Vacancies are open for three Board of Trustee positions (two general trustees and a clinical secretary) and two positions for Forum Committee (industry and early career representatives). The voting period closes at 17:00 BST on Friday 26 April. For full details on how to vote, please visit our website.

"We have reached the final week in the voting period for the BSI’s 2019 committee elections. Over the past three weeks, we have received an excellent number of votes – thank you to those of you who have already participated. It is fantastic to have so many BSI members engaging with our election process. I would like to encourage everyone who has yet to submit their vote to do so now.

"The 21 candidates who put themselves forward have not only spent time sharing how they can contribute to the Society, but they are also willing to commit their time, thoughts and energy for the good of immunology and the BSI. They will play a huge role in how the Society develops over the next few years so placing your vote genuinely makes a difference.
"Our Board of Trustees ensure the Society is well-run, financially sound, and that it meets its charitable aims. Our Forum is where the issues that are of importance to the BSI and its members are raised. They develop ideas for the consideration of the Board of Trustees, who then decide how to take them forward and integrate them with the Society’s activities. The elected representatives will have to work closely with the BSI office to share these activities with members.

"As many of you know, I have been a member of the BSI for over 40 years. Thorough my career, I have benefitted greatly from the support of the BSI community. This support is stronger the more involved you are with the Society and by participating in the elections, you become a more active member.

"Our community consists of over 3,500 immunologists from 68 countries around the world from all backgrounds and career grades. I urge everyone to continue building this community by having a say and contributing to our strong voice, so we can represent immunology effectively at the highest levels."

Arne Akbar
President, British Society for Immunology


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