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BSI Summer School 2022

Group photo of the attendees outside the Summer School venueAn 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 events. This year's three-day 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 presentation rounds. 

We would like to congratulate the lightning round speakers for their very impressive presentations that showcased their amazing immunology work. The future of immunology is looking bright! Special congratulations go to the winners:

  • First place: Sofia Hain from the University of Birmingham
  • Second place: Aure Aflalo from the University of Cambridge
  • Third place: Chloe Lockwood from the University of Birmingham  

This year's event was an enormous success bringing over 70 PhD students from around the UK and Europe together in Coventry. We heard some fascinating talks and the latest in immunology research from:

  • Prof Danny Altmann (Imperial College London) - COVID-19: Latest research updates
  • Prof Graham Anderson (University of Birmingham) - Thymus development and function 
  • Dr Calum Bain (University of Edinburgh) - The role of macrophages in innate immunity
  • John Cole (University of Glasgow) - Bioinformatics for wet-lab biologists 
  • Dr Anne Corcoran (Babraham Institute) - Epigenetics of B cell development and antibody repertoire formation 
  • Dr Fiona Culley (Imperial College London) - Influence of ageing on respiratory immunity
  • Dr Sian Henson (Queen Mary, University of London) - The bioenergetics of immune ageing
  • Prof Sarosh Irani (University of Oxford) - How we use immunology to study central nervous system inflammation
  • Prof Kim Kaufman (Universities of Cambridge & Edinburgh) - Comparative immunology with a focus on immunogenetics
  • Prof Teresa Lambe (University of Oxford) - COVID-19 vaccines and beyond - lessons learnt 
  • Dr Zania Stamataki (University of Birmingham) - Latest research updates on liver immunology
  • Prof David Wraith (University of Birmingham) - Antigen-specific immunotherapy of autoimmune diseases 


The programme also featured a career panel discussion about the next steps you can take following your PhD from Dr Ane Ogbe (Adaptimmune), Dr Elly Rankin (Miltenyi Biotec) and Dr Zania Stamataki (University of Birmingham). In addition, there was a popular talk about getting the best from your supervisor relationship as well as a dedicated networking session and many opportunities to informally network with evening dinners and a fun quiz. 

Thank you to our attendees, the BSI Education & Careers Secretary, Dr Donald Palmer (Royal Veterinary College) who hosted the event and to our speakers, many of whom volunteered to chair other talks and judge the lightning round presentations. Your support ensured the BSI Summer School was a great success! 



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