Interactive Sessions
September 1, 2021 | 15:30 - 16:00

BD Lounge Session: Bifidobacteria-mediated immune system imprinting early in life

Speaker:  Petter Brodin, Professor in Peadiatric Immunology and Director of the National Mass cytometry Facility, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Immune-microbe interactions early in life influence the risk of allergies, asthma, and other inflammatory diseases. Breastfeeding guides healthier immune-microbe relationships by providing nutrients to specialized microbes that in turn benefit the host’s immune system. Such bacteria have co-evolved with humans but are now increasingly rare in modern societies. Here we show that a lack of bifidobacteria, and in particular depletion of genes required for human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) utilization from the metagenome, is associated with systemic inflammation and immune dysregulation early in life. In breastfed infants given Bifidobacterium infantis EVC001, which expresses all HMO-utilization genes, intestinal T helper 2 (Th2) and Th17 cytokines were silenced and interferon β (IFNβ) was induced. Fecal water from EVC001-supplemented infants contains abundant indolelactate and B. infantis-derived indole-3-lactic acid (ILA) upregulated immunoregulatory galectin-1 in Th2 and Th17 cells during polarization, providing a functional link between beneficial microbes and immunoregulation during the first months of life.

September 2, 2021 | 14:30 - 15:30

Discussion Lounge: Vaccine Inequity with Prof. Mayda Gursel

COVID-19 vaccinations started on December 2020. Since then, as of 14 July 2021, 25.4% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, so far, only 1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose, demonstrating the current state of vaccine inequity. This discussion lounge will try to come up with suggestions to tackle vaccine inequity in the context of COVID-19 and possible future pandemics through a brainstorming session with interested participants.

September 2, 2021 | 14:30 - 15:30

BSI Interactive Session 

How to accelerate your career through engaging with journals – a British Society for Immunology session for ECRs

This panel discussion will examine what scientific journals can do to support the career development of Early Career Researchers (ECRs). We will cover how ECRs can get involved in the editorial and peer review process of a scientific journal and how journals and Editors can engage with ECRs, helping them to build their skills, encouraging them to contribute as journal ambassadors and reviewers while supporting them through the process and ensuring they are recognised for their contribution.

Chair: Ann Ager, Cardiff University, United Kingdom


  • Tim Elliott, University of Oxford; Founding Editor-in-Chief of Immunotherapy Advances
  • Marianne Boes, University Medical Center Utrecht; Regional Editor Europe of Immunotherapy Advances
  • Elizabeth Mann, Oxford University
  • Alsya Affandi, UMC Amsterdam
September 2, 2021 | 14:30 - 15:30

EJI – yEFIS Lounge Session: How to Succeed in Academia

In this session, established European immunologists, who are also active editors of the European Journal of Immunology (EJI) will answer questions asked by young immunologists, share their career path and provide key tips on academic success. Join us for a panel discussion moderated by yEFIS members and learn about career in academia, grant applications and much more. Questions from the audience are encouraged and you will have an opportunity to directly speak to our panellists:

Muzlifa Haniffa (UK, Executive Committee Member, EJI)
Chiara Romagnani (Germany, Executive Committee Member, EJI)
Emma Slack (Switzerland, Editorial Board Member, EJI)
Bart Everts (The Netherlands, Editorial Board Member, EJI)

September 2, 2021 | 14:30 - 15:30

10x Genomics Data Discussion Lounge: 

Speakers:  Aydan Sarac Derdiyok, Field Application Scientist, 10x Genomics
                    Stephen Hague, Senior Science and Technology Advisor, 10x Genomics

Single cell transcriptional profiling is a powerful tool for studying the adaptive immune system, enabling the researcher to study 1000-100,00s of cells simultaneously resolving the gene expression on a single cell basis and studying the T and B cell receptors on immune cells. Please join us for a demonstration of the data analysis for this solution and a Q&A session.

September 3, 2021 | 18:45 - 19:45

10x Genomics Career Development Lounge:

Speakers: Jekaterina Aleksejeva, MBA, Regional Marketing Manager, 10x Genomics
                   David McGrane, EMEA Talent Acquisition, 10x Genomics