Please note that all times mentioned are CET (Central European Time)

The most notable and exciting work from abstracts submitted to the congress by early career scientists will be honored with an oral presentation in one of the Bright Sparks Workshops.These sessions will be part of the main program and will take place in real time. Presenters are expected to explain their work and answer questions from the audience in a live session. The awardees for the Biolegend Bright Sparks Awards will be chosen from those presentations.

Bright Sparks Workshop - BS.T1.01
Cellular Immunology
Date & Time: September 2, 2021 / 11:30 – 12:45
Chairs:  TBA
Sander De Kivit, Netherlands
The glycolysis intermediate lactate is essential for the suppressive function of human thymus-derived regulatory T cells
Katarzyna Nazimek, Poland
The ability of extracellular vesicle-coating antibody light chains to bind antigenic peptides determines their immune suppressive activity
Maroua Ferhat, France
A type 3 immunity (RORγt+) intrinsic PPARγ regulation contributes to diet-induced obesity
Rebecca Cornelis, Germany
Maintenance of longlived memory plasma cells by contact to stromal cells through activation of PI3K/AKT and inactivation of FoxO1/3 prevents activation of caspase 3
Sabrina Bianca Bennstein, Germany
Characterisation of neonatal innate lymphoid subsets reveals a novel precursor able to generate NKG2A-KIR+ NK cells
Anna Pascual Reguant, Germany
Phenotypic and spatial characteristics of human innate lymphoid cells revealed by highly multiplexed histology
Bright Sparks Workshop - BS.T2.01
Molecular Immunology
Date & Time: September 3, 2021 / 09:30 – 10:45
Chairs: TBA
Kelsey O’Dowd, Canada
Effect of MicroRNA gga-let-7f on Chicken Macrophage Functions in the Context of Antiviral Responses
Zhichao Ai, United Kingdom
Distinct transcription factor networks control neutrophil-driven inflammation
Niamh M Troy, Australia
Protection against severe lower respiratory infections in infants by Innate Immune Training: mechanism-of-action studies
Sofie Vandendriessche, Belgium
Inhibition of drug-induced liver injury in mice using a positively-charged peptide that binds DNA
Lieve E.H. Van der Donk, Netherlands
SARS-CoV-2-induced immunity depends on cytosolic sensors
Theresa Bierling, Germany
The Role of Glucose Transporter Type 1 in Plasma Cells
Bright Sparks Workshop - BS.T3.01
Diseases and Immune Responses
Date & Time: September 3, 2021 / 14:30 – 14:45
Chairs: TBA
Nicolas Riteau, France
Protective role of the nucleic acid sensor STING in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Sarah Case, Ireland
Tumour Derived MicroRNA-21 Reprograms Macrophage Responses
Giulia Protti, Italy
High-Throughput Single-Cell Analysis Revealed Transcriptional Response of Dendritic Cell Subsets During SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Andreas C Eberherr, Germany
Rescue of STAT3 function in hyper-IgE syndrome using adenine base editing
Maud Heredia, Netherlands
TIGIT expression differentiates regulatory from inflammatory non-classical Th1-like gut-homing effector CD4+ T cells in inflammatory bowel disease patients
Esin Alpdundar Bulut, Türkiye
{Pediococcus pentosaceus} derived Membrane Vesicles Modulate Inflammation by Generating M2-like Macrophages
and Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells
Bright Sparks Workshop - BS.T4.01
Vaccines and Immunotherapies
Date & Time: September 1, 2021 / 16:00 – 17:15
Chairs:  TBA
Banu Bayyurt Kocabas, United States
TLR9 and STING ligands encapsulated into pH sensitive liposomes protected mice against melanoma tumor
growth by elevating Th-1 immune response
Gunja Mishra, Netherlands
PROTAC-mediated antigen degradation: A novel strategy to enhance CTL responses against cancer
Venugopal Gudipati, Austria
Inefficient CAR-proximal signaling blunts antigen sensitivity
Laura Passeri, Italy
Genetically engineered tolerogenic Dendritic Cells induce Ag-specific CD8+ T cell exhaustion and
Ag-specific IL-10-produding T cells and modulate Type 1 Diabetes {in vivo}
Jelena Đokić, Serbia
Inter-donor variability in dendritic cells capacity to respond to stimulation {in vitro} associates with donors gut microbiota composition
Florian Wimmers, United States
The single-cell epigenomic and transcriptional landscape of immunity to influenza vaccination in humans