The British Society for Immunology is delighted to be supporting Black In Immuno Week, a week-long celebration of the contribution of Black immunologists running from Sunday 22 November to Saturday 28 November.
Black In Immuno Week will be the inaugural event of Black In Immuno, a platform created by a collective of Black immunologists and allies aimed at amplifying, celebrating and supporting Black voices in immunology. The week will be focused around TEDx-style talks from invited speakers on different immunology topics, plus panel discussions, workshops and social activities.
Social media events will also be a big part of the week, so make sure to keep up with the week's activities by following them on Twitter @BlackInImmuno and using the official hashtag #BlackInImmunoWeek.
We're pleased to support Black In Immuno Week through our community. In this page, we've highlighted the activities that the organisers of this important intiative have planned.
What does Black In Immuno hope to achieve?
- Showcase and amplify the scientific contribution of Black immunologists.
- Encourage connections among Black researchers and science professionals in immunology and related fields.
- Create a supportive and inclusive community for Black scientists around the world.
- Connect Black students and professionals with resources and job opportunities in immunology and related fields.
How to get involved
Share your experience with us
During Black In Immuno Week, the BSI wants to highlight the work and experiences of Black immunologists by sharing short profiles of individuals on our social networks. This is a great opportunity to increase your visibility within the immunology community.
If you're a Black immunologist and you'd be happy to share with us a few words about your research, your experience being Black in immunology, and why you chose to study immunology, we would love to amplify your profile through our Twitter and Instagram pages. Please contact Teresa Prados, BSI Marketing & Communications Manager for more details on how to take part.
Take part in the roll call
Black In Immuno Week will kick off on Sunday 22 November with a roll call. This will be a chance for Black immunologists to share a short video introducing themselves, their institution and their research and/or advocacy work.
We're really looking forward to hearing from researchers from all over the world and we'd love to see BSI members get involved in this! Remember to use the hashtag #BlackInImmunoRollCall and tag @BlackInImmuno if you're getting involved.
Book your place for the talks & panels
Registration is now open for scientific talks and panel discussions, and all sessions are free to join. Dr Keke Fairfax from the University of Utah will open the week with a keynote presentation on Sunday 22 November.
Each day will be centred on a different theme, with a corresponding hashtags to use on social media to connect with other people taking part. Highlights of the week's talks and panels include sessions on innate immunity and adaptive immunity with TEDx-style talks, two careers panels, plus talks on innovative technology in immunology.
Join in with the networking & social activities
The week will include lots of opportunities to create new connections, including a networking hour on Sunday 22 November, and the Immuno Talent show and Science Communicators events, running all day on Thursday 26 November.
Black In Immuno Week will close out on Saturday 28 November with a wellness workshop from Dr Catherine N Kibirige (Imperial College London) followed by a virtual yoga session and party! These sessions are also free to join and registration is now open.
Equality & Diversity webinar
As part of Black In Immuno Week, we have made our webinar on equality and diversity freely available for the duration of the week. This webinar was part of our career development webinar series and was presented by Dr Faith Uwadiae (Francis Crick Institute) and Karim Boustani (Imperial College London) in June 2020.
In this session, the speakers shared practical solutions and effective ways to promote diversity and to enact positive change. Through their own lived experiences and as young scientists, Faith and Karim talked about the issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. This webinar suits scientists looking for ways to promote diversity and inclusion and to become active rather than just passive participants around this issue.
Black In Immuno Week Schedule
The Black In Immuno Collective have organised an action-packed week full of exciting activities. The BSI is pleased to support this initiative and would like to encourage everyone to take a look at their schedule. To book your free place for any of the sessions, visit blackinimmuno.org/schedule.
Sunday 22 November - Opening and Networking
- Roll call
- Keynote talk + Q&A: 18:00 GMT
- Networking session / Social hour: 19:00 GMT
Monday 23 November - Innate Immunity (Early Journey)
- Share your innate immunity research and mentors
- Early Career Panel: 16:00 GMT
- TEDx-style talks: 18:00 GMT
- Q&A: 19:00 GMT
Tuesday 24 November - Adaptive Immunity (Career)
- Share your adaptive immunity research and mentors
- Career Panel: 16:00 GMT
- TEDx-style talks: 18:00 GMT
- Q&A: 19:00 GMT
Wednesday 25 November - Technology in Immunology & Immunology Crossover
- TEDx-style talks: 16:00 GMT
- Technology Panel: 17:00 GMT
Thursday 26 November - Beyond Immunology
- ImmunoTalent show: all day
- Science Communicators: all day
Friday 27 November - Intersectionality, Outreach & Advocacy
- Sharing of individual advocacy efforts at respective institutions
- Sharing of advocacy efforts and progress by companies
Saturday 28 November - Wellness & Closing
- Wellness Workshop: 16:00 GMT
- Yoga Session: 18:00 GMT
- Party: 20:00 GMT