BSI at the Big Bang Fair!

The BSI will be running an exhibition stand at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham on 11-14 March bringing the wonder of immunology to the masses!  The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science for young people in the UK, with over 80,000 students attending over the course of the four days.  It aims to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities in science there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.
Our stand is called ‘Allergy Busters’ and will be examining the science of allergies and asthma.  Activities include a tour of our giant nose, a close-up look at the substances that make us allergic and how allergies make us feel.  We'll also investigate how allergies and asthma are linked and what happens to our airways during an asthma attack.
We’re delighted that over 30 BSI members have volunteered to help us out on the stand over the course of the four days.  Thank you to you all!  You can keep up-to-date with our activities at the Big Bang Fair by following the BSI Twitter account (@BritSocImm).
The Big Bang Fair is free to attend.  It is open to visiting school groups on Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March, and to families and community groups on Saturday 14th March.  You can register to attend online here.

New CEO joins the BSI - Jo Revill

Keynote speech at BSI Congress 2014The BSI is delighted to announce that Jo Revill has joined the organisation as our new Chief Executive.
Jo is a former journalist and government advisor with a background in health policy and public affairs. She has worked in a wide variety of sectors, including as Health Editor at The Observer and as advisor to Alan Johnson MP at the Department of Health, during the 2009 pandemic flu outbreak. Jo joins the BSI from the Royal College of Surgeons, where she was Director of Strategic Communications, overseeing many areas including their journals, events programme and membership engagement.
Speaking about the appointment, Peter Openshaw, President of the BSI, said, “I’m delighted that we have appointed Jo to the role of Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology. Jo brings with her a wealth of experience that will allow the BSI to build on their current success and deliver an effective strategy to support our members and the discipline of immunology in future years. The BSI Trustees look forward to welcoming Jo to the organisation.”
Jo said, “I’m thrilled to be taking up the role of Chief Executive at the BSI, at what is such an exciting time in the Society’s development. The research, scientific and medical landscape is evolving at a fast pace and the discipline of immunology is right at the forefront of. I look forward to working with the staff, Trustees and BSI members to build on current achievements and realise the full potential of the Society.”

Lots of snot at Brighton Science Festival!

Kids enjoying our giant nose at Brighton Science FestivalSnot … what’s it all about?  That was the main topic of the BSI stand at the recent Bright Sparks weekend held by Brighton Science Festival.  This family-fun event saw a plethora of different science organisations descend on Brighton to spread the love of science through an action-packed two days of demos and hands-on activities. Over 2,600 people attended over the course of the two-day event.
We took our “Secret Life of Snot” activity along with our giant nose to discuss to how we make snot, what snot does and why your snot changes colour when you’re ill.  Kids had the opportunity to investigate what was in our giant model nose … finds included epithelial cells, goblet cells and even the odd virus or bacterium!  As you can see from the photo, the nose proved very popular. We also had our own snot-making factory on the go, with kids making bags of fake snot of various shades of green using our proven snot recipe.  Lots of immunology was discussed with both the kids and the parents and we left satisfied that we had spread knowledge about the wonder of snot to the people of Brighton!

2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women in Science Fellowships

L'Oreal Women in Science logoApplications are now open for the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland for Women in Science Fellowships.  These awards aim to promote and highlight the importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science.
This year, five Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding female postdoctoral scientists to assist them with their research.  The Fellowships, each worth £15,000, are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of research.  The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of innovative ways to enable women scientists to pursue their careers and facilitate world class research - such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference. The application deadline is midnight (GMT), Friday 13 March 2015. Visit for more details. 
This Fellowship programme is run by L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society to provide a dedicated UK & Ireland For Women in Science Fellowship programme for women scientists at post-doctoral level to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research in the life and physical sciences.

ECI2015 Abstract Deadline

ECI logoThe European Congress of Immunology (ECI) is taking place on 6-9 September 2015 in Vienna. The 4th ECI will cover all fields of modern immunology and adhere to a 4-track structure covering the topics innate immunity, adaptive immunity, diseases of the immune system and immune interventions.
ECI2015 have just announced their abstract deadline of 30 April 2015 at 00:00. Click here to find out more.
The British Society for Immunology (BSI) actively promotes and supports excellence in research, scholarship and clinical practice in Immunology for the benefit of human and animal health and welfare. It seeks to help British Immunology accomplish the highest possible goals.

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