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BSI has won Individual Member Association of the Year in the Association Awards UK 2020

We are delighted to announce the British Society for Immunology has won 'Individual Member Association of the Year' and BSI Chief Executive, Dr Doug Brown, has been named 'Executive Director of the Year' in the Association Awards UK 2020. The Society has also been selected as a finalist for the best physical conference and best member support during COVID-19.

The Association Awards UK 2020 are the annual awards from the Association of Association Executives which recognise excellence and promote best practice in associations. We were nominated in the following categories:

  • Winner: Individual Member Association of the Year
  • Winner: Executive Director of the Year – Dr Doug Brown, BSI Chief Executive
  • Finalist: Best Physical Conference – BSI Congress 2019
  • Finalist: Best Member Support during COVID-19 – Connect on Coronavirus

Professor Arne Akbar FMedSci, President of the British Society for Immunology, said:

“As President of the Society, I'm very grateful for all the enthusiasm, dedication and hard work from the BSI team during this past year. Their consistent efforts and brilliant team work have helped bring the immunology community together, allowing us to carry out our crucial role during the pandemic in such an impactful way. Also, a very warm congratulations to our Doug Brown, who won the award for 'Executive Director of the Year'. He has shown great leadership of the BSI office during the pandemic and I would like to offer him my sincere thanks also. Both awards are absolutely well deserved and this is yet another reason to be proud of our Society.

“On behalf of the 4,200+ BSI members, I'd like to say a huge “WELL DONE” to the whole staff team for the fantastic efforts on our behalf. It has been a challenging year, and many more challenges await us in 2021, but by standing together and with the BSI's support every step of the way, we will continue to move forward into the future of immunology.”

Individual Member Association of the Year

The judges said:

“The projects clearly evidenced how the BSI are meeting their strategic objectives regarding community, careers and creating change. The outcome such as the increase of membership, feedback and delegate numbers for the BSI Congress provides evidence of successes of the past 12 to 18 months. Having a focused COVID-19 campaign showed how the BSI has adapted this year and the incorporation of the members’ voice to impact on related policies highlights the respect and value the BSI has for its members. Influencing government to commit in the UK’s first vaccine strategy was a real success and the BSI's inclusion of its members’ voice throughout the strategy will be a strength in this ongoing work.”

Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology, said:

“I am extremely proud of the BSI team for all their hard work and dedication in the past year. Our staff and members deserve this recognition, they have been an inspiration stepping up in response to the pandemic. The BSI family has come together during this challenging year to go above and beyond to deliver meaningful benefit for public health. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together, and I’m looking forward to continuing our vital mission over the next few years.”

Executive Director of the Year – Dr Doug Brown, BSI Chief Executive

The judges said:

“At a time when leadership and vision is required more than ever, Doug has been very proactive and inspired others. The association audience was standing in the front line and Doug and the team facilitated quick learning models and exchange of knowledge within their network of professionals.”

Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology, said:

“I am honoured and grateful to have been selected as the winner of the ‘Executive Director of the Year’ award. This wouldn’t have been possible without the small but high-performing BSI team who are committed to the Society’s mission, our dedicated Board of Trustees and committee members who give their time and energy to guide our activities, and our wonderful members who have been truly inspirational during this challenging year. Thank you all!"

We are very proud to have been recognised for our work in a number of areas to provide support to our membership and to make sure the voice of our discipline is well represented in public circles.  We are always striving to provide our members with the best service we can and these shortlisted nominations are a indication of our steps forward in these areas.

You can read the full list of finalists here


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