An important part of the British Society for Immunology’s mission is to support future generations of immunologists. We do this through numerous initiatives, including our Summer School event, which we adapted to a virtual setting this year. This two-day online event gave immunology students at PhD level the opportunity to hear from leading immunologists and for top PhD candidates to present their work in lightning rounds and to showcase their research in virtual poster sessions.
We would like to congratulate the lightning round speakers and poster presenters for their hugely impressive presentations that showcased their amazing immunology work. The future of immunology is looking bright! Special congratulations go to the winner Parimah Ahmadi (Hamburg) and the runners-up Christabel Dube (Manchester) and Muhammad Iqbal (Cambridge).
This year's event was an enormous success attracting over one hundred PhD students from around the UK, Europe and beyond. We heard some fascinating talks and the latest in immunology research from:
- Prof Peter Barlow (Edinburgh Napier) - Inflammation: modulation in the context of viral infection
- Prof Mark Coles (Oxford) - Does immunology add up?
- Prof Tim Elliott (Oxford) - Information technology for immuno T=therapy
- Prof Muzlifah Haniffa (Newcastle) - Decoding the developing immune system
- Prof Janet Lord (Birmingham) - Immune ageing: consequences & corrections
- Prof Peter Openshaw (Imperial College London) - Immunity to SARS-CoV-2: the good, the bad & the ugly
- Prof Lucy Walker (UCL) - Follicular helper T cells - do they help or hinder in autoimmunity?
We also had a career panel discussion about the next steps you can take following your PhD from Dr Fane Mensah (Synthace), Dr Alice Burton (UCL) and Dr Ben Owens (EUSA Pharma) and a very popular talk from Dr Sophie Acton (UCL) about how PhD students can navigate the world of research.
The event was hosted by the BSI Education & Careers Secretary, Dr Donald Palmer (RVC) and sessions were chaired by BSI Forum members Dr Helen McGettrick (Birmingham) and Dr Megan MacLeod (Glasgow) and past BSI Forum member Dr Laura Pallet (UCL).
We would like to thank all chairs and speakers for taking the time out to support the BSI Summer School and help make it the success that it was.