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BSI Media statements on zika virus 

World mapThe spread of the Zika virus through the Americas has made headlines round the world over the past couple of weeks.  In response to this, the BSI has released media statements in relation to a number of issues associated with this story.
On 1 February 2016, the World Health Organization announced a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in relation to the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region in areas affected by the Zika virus. You can read the British Society for Immunology's response to this announcement here.
On 3 February 2016, the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe issued a statement on preventing the spread of the virus in Europe.  You can read our response to this statement here
We also have a factsheet with background information on Zika virus and its links to other conditions here.

The BSI at sixty

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the BSI. To commemorate this, we want to celebrate both the achievements of the past while looking forward to the exciting future of immunology.  We have commissioned a special logo to highlight our anniversary and you will see this rolled out on our various communication channels and used to highlight activities linked to our anniversary.  For later this year, we have a series of events and projects planned, which we hope will bring the membership together to celebrate the wonder of immunology as well as communicating these ideas to outside audiences.  You can read more about our 60th anniversary on our blog.
We also want to hear from you. Do you have any ideas for activities either you, your regional BSI group or the BSI as a whole could undertake to mark this anniversary?  We also want to hear your memories of the BSI over the past 60 years and what the Society means to you?  Email us at [email protected] with your thoughts. We have set a focal date for celebrations of Tuesday 11 October. Mark the date in your diaries and we’ll bring you more news shortly.

BSI Travel Bursaries Available - International Congress of Immunology 2016

The BSI is delighted to offer special travel awards worth up to £1000 to BSI members wishing to attend the 16th International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne  (

To apply for a bursary please click here. Please note that the deadline for applications is: 31 March 2016.  All notifications will be sent out Mid-April

International Congress of Immunology is taking place in Melbourne, Australia between 21-26 August 2016. Both abstract submission and registration are now open for what promises to be a fantastic meeting. Abstract submission deadline for ICI 2016 has been extended until Monday 8 February 2016
Visit for more details.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has today published a report on its inquiry into the Ebola epidemic, quoting evidence submitted by the British Society for Immunology.

Click here for more information, plus a quote from Professor Peter Openshaw.

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The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) have launched a new report on the importance of immigration to UK research.  The report makes 12 positive recommendations for actions that the Government could take to demonstrate its commitment to strengthening the UK’s position as a leading global hub of science and engineering. 

Read more here, plus Peter Openshaw's response

Clinical & Experimental Immunology (CEI)

& Experimental Immunology (CEI) are seeking a new Editor in Chief to join the journal from September 2016. CEI is a high-ranking, internationally respected journal publishing impactful clinical and translational immunology research papers and reviews. The successful candidate will work closely with the BSI editorial team to drive the editorial direction and development of this high ranking monthly journal.

For further information and job description please click here

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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    Royal Society of Biology     Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies  
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