The BSI virtual conference, ‘Connecting immunology in the time of COVID-19’, took place on 1-2 December. We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our speakers, presenters, chairs, sponsors and delegates who helped to make the conference a success. Thank you too to our wonderful Congress Committee, and in particular our Congress Secretary, Gary Entrican, for all their hard work and dedication in bringing together such an excellent line up of sessions and speakers. All abstracts from the conference are still available to read on the conference website. In total, we welcomed over 780 attendees and connected with people from 31 different countries!
We were honoured to welcome Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, to join the ‘Immunology and COVID-19’ plenary session which also featured a presentation from Professor Paul Moss and Dr John Grainger on behalf of the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC). Speaking on the day that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved for UK use, Sir Patrick reflected on his role of Chief Scientific Advisor during the pandemic and the huge advances that we have made in our understanding of the disease’s biology, treatments and vaccines. You can read more about the session here.
Congratulations go to our Bright Sparks in Immunology and poster prize winners. You can read more about them here. Additionally, we were delighted to announce the winners of the Spatial Biology immunology & COVID-19 research grants.
Delegates should now have received an email containing a link to a feedback survey. Please do take the time to fill this out and tell us about your experiences at our first two-day virtual conference. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us improve our events.
All being well, the BSI Congress will return in 2021, when we hope to reunite in person in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. BSI Congress was originally due to take place this year but, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, it has now been rescheduled to Sunday 28 November to Wednesday 1 December 2021. Follow @bsicongress on Twitter for updates on Congress 2021 and other events from the BSI.