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BSI Congress 2017

4 – 7 December 2017, Brighton, UK

There’s only a couple of weeks until the BSI Congress.  We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to Brighton on 4 – 7 December.  We have an excellent programme lined up for you with a mixture of parallel sessions, plenary talks, poster sessions, educational events and networking opportunities.


Scientific highlights

Keynote session – In this prestigious session, Luke O’Neill will discuss ‘Frontiers in inflammation research: from NLRP3 to metabolic reprogramming’.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Luke discuss his ground-breaking research. 19:00 – 20:00, Monday 4 December

Breakfast plenary – we’re delighted to welcome Xuetao Cao, Secretary General of the Chinese Society for Immunology and President of the Chinese Society for Medical Sciences, to this special plenary session discussing his innovative work on innate signalling in immunity and inflammation. 08:00 – 08:50, Tuesday 5 December

Microbiota and the immune system: symbiosis or dysbiosis – plenary session featuring Eran Elinav, Trevor Lawley, Ben Marsland and  Fiona Powrie. 14:00 – 17:00, Tuesday 5 December

Inflammation and immune resolution – plenary session featuring Julie Magarian Blander, Chris Buckley, Iain McInnes, Gitta Stockinger and Arturo Zychlinsky. 14:00 – 17:00, Wednesday 6 December

Visit the full programme on our Congress website for more details.


What to do?

Be a Bright Spark – make sure you arrive in time for our Bright Sparks session at 12:30 on Monday 4 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 connect 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 – be 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 in The Grand Hotel. Following feedback, our party will now start at 9pm for drinks and dancing.  Be sure to have an energising dinner beforehand so you can dance the night away. Tickets, including two drink vouchers, cost only £10, and are available via the Congress website.


Additional sessions

We have a number of additional sessions running throughout Congress providing the opportunity to increase your knowledge on a range of topics that can boost your career and widen your horizons. 

Publishing – this session looks at how engaging in journal editorial work can benefit your career.  A range of speakers will discuss what skills you can gain through taking on this work and how to get involved.  17:00 – 18:00, Monday 4 December

Public perceptions of vaccines – immunisations have saved millions of lives but there are still pockets of population who do not receive their routine vaccinations. In this session, we discuss what the reasons behind this hesitancy might be and the new BSI scheme to engage new parents on vaccines and immunity. 17:00 – 18:00, Monday 4 December

Meet the editors – an opportunity for you to meet the editors of the Society’s two official journals, Clinical & Experimental Immunology (CEI) and Immunology. 20:00 – 21:00, Monday 4 December

Engaging with the media – working with the media to promote accurate reporting on immunology is an important aim of the BSI. This lunchtime session provides an introduction to engaging with the media, with speakers including national science journalists and immunologists experienced in media work. 12:45 – 13:45, Tuesday 5 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 on the BSI stand to discuss their activities and how you can get involved. 18:00 – 19:00, Tuesday 5 December

A student presenting about their researchCareers in immunology – following the publication of our recent report on immunology careers, this breakfast session is your chance to find out more about our findings, feedback your views and hear about what the BSI has planned next. 08:00 – 09:00, Wednesday 6 December

Insights into a career in science – this lunchtime session will aim to provide MSc students and early career researchers with insight into a career in scientific research. 12:45 – 13:45, Wednesday 6 December

Research funding – 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. 12:45 – 13:45, Wednesday 6 December

BSI tweet up – an informal opportunity for our Twitter followers to meet in person. BSI staff will also be on hand to answer any queries you have around the use of social media and how to promote your work. 18:00 – 19:00, Wednesday 6 December

Immunology education – 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. 18:00 – 19:00, Wednesday 6 December

Brexit realities – bring your questions along to this lunchtime session when we welcome Peter Kyle (MP for Hove) and Naomi Weir (Campaign for Science & Engineering) to discuss how Brexit will impact on immunology and the wider research environment. 12:45 – 13:45, Thursday 7 December


Joint sessions with UK PIN

On Thursday 7 December, we will hold several joint sessions with the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UK PIN).  This includes a plenary ‘Learning from immunodeficiencies and novel therapeutics in human disease’ where we hear from Clare Booth, Steven Holland, Helen Lachmann, Anne Puel and John Wagstaff and several 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.

Our official Congress website

Download the Congress app.  Search for ‘BSI Congress' - AVAILABLE SOON

Follow us on Twitter at @bsicongress or #BSI17

Stand: The BSI will be at stand number 6 in the exhibition area. Do stop by to say hello – we’d love to see you.