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BSI Congress 2019

The British Society for Immunology Congress 2019 will take place next week (2–5 December) in Liverpool, UK.

There are only a few days until the BSI Congress. We are looking forward to welcoming many of you! We have a fantastic programme lined up for you with a mixture of parallel sessions, plenary talks, poster sessions, educational events and networking opportunities.

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Scientific highlights

Keynote session – in this prestigious session, Doreen Cantrell will discuss ‘Environment control of T cell function’. This is a ‘must attend’ talk for all immunologists and promises the chance to hear Doreen discuss her groundbreaking research. 
18:00–19:00, Monday 2 December

Immunological challenges of controlling influenza – plenary session featuring Katherine Kedzierska, Peter Openshaw and Alain Townsend.
09:00–10:30, Tuesday 3 December

Tissue resident memory T cells – plenary session featuring Donna Farber and David Masopust.
16:30–17:30, Tuesday 3 December

Cancer immunotherapy – plenary session featuring Ana Anderson, Carl June and Cornelius Melief.
09:00–10:30, Wednesday 4 December

The recognition and clearance of senescent cells by leukocytes – plenary session featuring Arne Akbar and Valery Krizhanovsky.
16:30–17:30, Wednesday 4 December

What to do?

  • Be a Bright Spark – make sure you arrive in time for our Bright Sparks session at 12:30 on Monday 2 December, which highlights the best work from early career researchers. Be ready for innovative science, creative presentations and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere – one of the highlights of the Congress.
  • Showcase your work – whether you’re giving an oral or poster presentation, make the most of this opportunity to showcase your work, talk to others in the field and raise your profile.
  • Network – the BSI Congress is the perfect opportunity to widen your network and make contact with others working in similar fields – make a point of talking to one person each day who you haven’t spoken to before.
  • Get your stamp in our ‘Passport for Prizes’ competition – make sure you visit each exhibition stand to be entered into a prize draw!
  • Dance the night away at the Congress Party taking place on Wednesday evening at Revolution St Peter’s Square. The party starts at 9pm and tickets cost only £15 via the Congress website and include two drink vouchers!

If this is your first time attending a BSI Congress, or any meeting of its size, we've put together some useful tips will help you get the most out of your time at Congress. Take a look at our advice for attending your first BSI Congress.


At the annual general meeting you can learn about the work of your Society, what activities we have carried out in the past year and what our plans are to support members and represent immunology in the UK. We encourage as many members as possible to attend.
17:30–18:00, Tuesday 3 December

Additional sessions

We have a number of additional sessions running in which you can increase your knowledge on a range of topics that can boost your career and widen your horizons.

Meet the editors – an opportunity for you to meet the editors of the Society’s two official journals, Clinical & Experimental Immunology and Immunology at the BSl stand.
19:00–20:00, Monday 2 December

Postdoc networking – structured networking aimed at postdocs looking to learn about how to transition to independence from newly independent PIs.
08:00–09:00, Tuesday 3 December

Public engagement showcase – for the first time in 2019, delegates will be able to explore activities, materials and resources that have been developed by BSI members.
13:00–14:00, Tuesday 3 December & 13:00–14:00; 18:00–19:00, Wednesday 4 December

Meet the funders – in this lunchtime session, a panel from the BBSRC, MRC and the Wellcome Trust will answer your questions on where their funding priorities lie and how to write a successful grant application.
13:15–14:15, Tuesday 3 December

Meet the BSI Trustees and Committee members – come along to the BSI stand to meet our Trustees and Forum members to find out what their roles entail and how they make a difference to immunology in the UK and explore how you can get involved.
18:00–19:00, Tuesday 3 December

Autoimmune meet up – a breakfast networking session to connect researchers working on autoimmunity and introduce our Connect Immune Research initiative which aims to facilitate progress in autoimmune research.
08:00–09:00, Wednesday 4 December

Experts' guide to publishing – if you’re interested in learning more about what journal editors do and how they make their decisions, join our Editors-in-Chief to discuss tips for getting published and maximise the impact of your work.
13:15–14:15, Wednesday 4 December

Meet the BSI Groups – our Regional and Affinity Groups play a huge role in our work, connecting us with our members and running innovative events. Representatives from our Groups will be available in the Exhibition Hall to discuss their activities and how you can get involved.
18:00–19:00, Wednesday 4 December

Immunology education meet up – this informal meet up will give those who have an interest in immunology education the opportunity to discuss ideas and see how the BSI can support them.
18:15–19:15, Wednesday 4 December

Joint sessions with UK PIN

On Thursday 5 December, we will hold several joint sessions with the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UK PIN). This includes two plenaries, ‘Learning from cell signalling in immunodeficiency’ where we hear from Ulf Klein, Klaus Okkenhaug and Sonal Srikanth, and ‘Mechanism of inflammation in immunodeficiency’ with Sophie Hambleton and Andrew Snow, as well as additional parallel sessions.  

Connect with us

The BSI is keen to keep you up to date with all the latest news from the BSI Congress. There are several ways you can connect with us.

  • Visit our website:
  • Download the Congress app.  Search for ‘BSI Congress’
  • Follow us on Twitter at @bsicongress or #BSI19
  • Stand: The BSI will be at stand number 22 in the exhibition area. Do stop by to say hello – we’d love to see you!