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BSI virtual conference launch: Connecting immunology in the time of COVID-19

We're excited to announce the launch of the British Society for Immunology’s first two-day virtual scientific conference. ‘Connecting immunology in the time of COVID-19’ will take place on Tuesday 1 December and Wednesday 2 December 2020.

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In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, BSI Congress was postponed until 2021 so we could keep our community safe, maintain the value of the conference and enable the fundamental interactions needed between immunologists in the rescheduled event. In its place, we're offering BSI members and the wider immunology community a unique opportunity to gather virtually.

The BSI virtual conference will allow immunologists to interact, exchange ideas and hear from leading UK and international researchers in a safe environment. Join online from anywhere in the world to catch up on the latest immunology research.

Abstract submission is now open. Abstract submission is open to BSI members who would like to submit their work for online short oral presentations and virtual poster presentations. Abstract submission deadline: Friday 23 October 2020. Registration will open shortly.

Programme highlights

  • Keynote presentation by Professor Garry Nolan from Stanford University
  • Second keynote speaker announced soon
  • Plenaries on COVID-19 immunology
  • Sessions on cancer immunology, immunotherapy, vaccinology and infection challenge models.
  • Bright Sparks in Immunology
  • Additional speakers to be announced

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 23 October 2020
  • Early registration deadline: 15 November 2020

We look forward to connecting with you online! Follow us @bsicongress to stay updated & join the conversation using #BSIvirtual!

Professor Gary Entrican who is BSI Congress Secretary and has led the scientific committee for the BSI virtual conference has shared a message:

"Following the postponement of BSI Congress 2020, BSI Congress Committee is delighted to announce that it has been working hard to develop an online conference for the membership to interact and reflect on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. While one of the main focuses of the conference will be COVID-19 immunology, we are very aware that many areas of immunology have influenced our ability to respond to the pandemic and have also been affected by the mechanisms implemented to control the pandemic.

"We will have keynote talks from top speakers and critical perspectives from different areas of the research community. The scientific programme will include sessions on COVID-19 immunology, cancer immunology, vaccinology and a selection of infection challenge models. We are aware that this has been a very difficult year for our early career researchers so there will be sessions dedicated to presentations from PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

"BSI members can submit abstracts for the themed scientific sessions with the opportunity to present a talk or a virtual poster. All of this will be supported within an interactive platform with virtual networking and worldwide accessibility to maximise opportunities for connectivity at the end of a year sadly marked by physical isolation. We look forward to virtually interacting with you in December."


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