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BSI Congress 2021

The UK’s top immunology conference is back – bigger and better than before from Sunday 28 November to Wednesday 1 December 2021. Reconnect with the immunology community across the UK in the beautiful city of Edinburgh!

Keynote lecture
Dr Rafi Ahmed
Emory University, USA
18:00, Sunday 28 November

Our much-anticipated flagship event attracts over 1,400 attendees from the UK and international immunology community. The extensive programme boasts a diverse selection of immunology topics covering cutting-edge research from leading scientists around the world. We also have a range of networking opportunities to allow you to exchange ideas and build links to aid your next career step.

Join us for an exciting and innovative mix of the highest quality basic and translational immunology research from around the world.


Dates for your diary

7 reasons to submit an abstract

Late-breaking abstract submission for poster presentations closes on Friday 22 October.

  1. Disseminate your latest research ideas and ensure your work is accessible to other researchers in your field
  2. Gain recognition in the immunology community
  3. Debate immunology in a friendly atmosphere and receive valuable feedback
  4. Showcase your innovative education or public engagement work in our dedicated poster category
  5. Start discussions that will lead to future collaborations and further your career
  6. Compete for a £250 poster prize
  7. Keep up to date with cutting-edge research


Education and public engagement posters

We know that our members work on a wide range of activities to promote and increase knowledge of immunology to diverse audiences, so we want to make sure all of these activities are showcased and valued at our Congress.

We encourage submissions of abstracts to this category to showcase innovative techniques being used in higher education immunology teaching and novel approaches to engaging with the public on immunology.

Help with your travel costs

BSI members can apply for a Congress bursary to assist with the costs of attending the meeting. Application deadline is 4 October 2021 and you can find more information here.

BSI AGM – have your say!

We would like to encourage all BSI members to join us at our 2021 Annual General Meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the work of your Society, what activities we have carried out in the past year and what we are doing to support our members and represent immunology in the UK.

BSI Congress for all

Ensuring that the BSI Congress is inclusive is extremely important to us. We introduced a number of initiatives at our last Congress which we are pleased to offer again at this year’s Congress. The BSI Carers’ Grant has been established for those who haveTwo people standing reading a leaflet caring responsibilities at home, whether this is looking after children or older members of the family, or those that need carers themselves. This grant scheme is intended to go towards the cost of the attendee’s care arrangements during the time they are attending BSI Congress.

Apply by 4 October 2021 here. We will also have an onsite crèche to provide subsidised childcare for delegates’ children up to 12 years of age. You will need to register for this service in advance. These initiatives are in addition to other provisions already in place, such as breastfeeding facilities, prayer and quiet rooms.

COVID-19 policy

Our plan is for this to be an in-person event, with all the benefits of networking opportunities and face-to-face interactions that this brings. However, we will also run an option for those who would like to tune in to sessions virtually. We will continue to follow the latest Government guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic and share any changes that may impact this face-to-face event with delegates and potential attendees as soon as possible. In all eventualities, we will strive to run the best event possible to serve the immunology community.

Programme highlights

Plenary sessions

  • Metabolic programming of immune responses
  • Human genetic determinants of infection and inflammation
  • Defining the state and functional relevance of T cell exhaustion
  • Calling time on immunology
  • Defining immune microenvironments in organogenesis, inflammation and cancer
  • Immunology in action: controlling COVID-19

Plus 25 exciting parallel sessions!

BSI Regional and Affinity Groups

Our Groups have been closely involved in organising some of the parallel sessions at BSI Congress 2021 and they are very much looking forward to seeing you there. 


Bright Sparks in Immunology

12:30–16:00, Sunday 28 November

Our showcase of work from early career researchers in immunology. Bright Sparks in Immunology provides PhD students and early career postdocs with experience of presenting their work to a large audience and debating immunology in a friendly atmosphere. This exciting event combines competition with excellent science and networking.


Joint sessions with the NCRI and the BBSRC

The BSI works with many different partners to support our aims and build effective collaborations. We’re delighted to be running joint sessions at BSI Congress 2021 with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the National Cancer Research Institute

Monday 29 November, BBSRC joint session: Influence of co-infection on host responses

Tuesday 30 November, NCRI joint session: Advances in cancer immunology: bringing two communities together

Get the latest info

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