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What’s in it for you? Six reasons you should attend the BSI Congress this year

The 2017 British Society for Immunology Congress is taking place in the lively city of Brighton on 4–7 December 2017. We hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are! To whet your appetite, we’ve come up with six reasons why you should join us there.

1. Cutting-edge science

Our Congress is the premier UK immunology conference, with an impressive international reputation. This year, we’ve got a great line up of top class UK and international invited speakers including Xuetao Cao (China), Fiona Powrie (UK), Trevor Lawley (UK), Julia Magarian Blander (USA), Steven Holland (USA) and our keynote speaker, Luke O’Neill (Ireland).  Additionally, whether it’s single cell technologies, immunometabolism or mucosal immunology that floats your boat, our parallel sessions have something to suit all immunological tastes. 

2. Present your ideas

You’ve spent all year working away in the lab, your experiments are done and your next job is to tell people about them. The BSI Congress is the perfect opportunity to showcase your research to a large cross-section of the UK and international immunology community.  What are you waiting for? Late breaking abstract submission for poster presentations is still open until 20 October, so get writing and send us your ground-breaking findings.

3. Networking

This word can fill even the most gregarious person with apprehension, but in reality it’s a crucial skill to help you exchange ideas and build links to aid you in your next career step. The BSI Congress provides you with the perfect opportunity to get your name out there and make those vital contacts to help foster your future career and research. Make sure you register by the early-bird deadline of 20 October to benefit from reduced registration rates.  

4. Brighton

Combining a seaside location with a fun and vibrant city atmosphere, Brighton is a perennial favourite.  Brave the winter weather for a walk along to the famous pier or head indoors to the Royal Pavilion for a touch of culture.  Since we last visited, Brighton also has a new attraction – the British Airways i360.  Located directly outside the congress centre, this 450ft tower provides breathtaking 360° views inlands across the rolling Sussex downs and out to the English Channel from the world’s tallest moving observation tower.

5. Broaden your horizons

Lots of us feel guilty about taking time out of the lab but it can be key to increasing your productivity, providing a different perspective on your work and opening your mind to new ideas, opportunities and connections. We have numerous  workshops and parallel sessions on offer, in addition to bursaries for BSI members to help cover your costs. So come to our Congress and be inspired! Applications for bursaries close at noon on 6 October.

6. Have fun!

What better way to celebrate the end of the year than with a good party with your immunology chums? The BSI Congress is a great opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new. This year’s Congress party takes place in The Grand.   In consideration of your feedback from last year’s event, we are following a different format with drinks and dancing (no food) from 21:00 to late for only £10. We hope for a good turnout and to see lots of you on the dancefloor!

Registration is now open. Remember to make sure your BSI membership is up-to-date to benefit from reduced Congress registration fees.

Jennie Evans

Communications Manager, BSI