European Congress of Immunology

Glasgow, Scotland | 5 - 8 September, 2012

About Us – EFIS & BSI

About The EFIS

EFIS is an umbrella organization that represents more than 12,000 individual members from 29 member societies in 31 European countries (all European Union member states and all other European states) and reaches beyond the European boundaries to Israel.

The main goals of EFIS are the support of immunological research and education as well as strengthening scientific interaction amongst its members, with:

  • Supporting young scientists, e.g. through fellowships or travel grants.
  • Supporting congresses and conferences in Europe.
  • Promoting Immunology to the general public through the Day of Immunology, and other activities: check out our interactive exhibition or our interactive book

EFIS has a Board composed of the President, the Vice President, the Past President, the Treasurer and the Secretary General. The Board meets about three times a year. Board Members are elected by the EFIS General Assembly, composed of delegates of national societies (each society is entitled to have one delegate per 500 members), and they are appointed for a period of three years.

The current Board of EFIS (2009-2012) was elected September 16, 2009 at the General Assembly in Berlin: 

C. Sautes-Fridman (President), Paris

L. Moretta (Vice President), Genoa

S.H.E. Kaufmann (Past President), Berlin

H. Stockinger (Treasurer), Vienna

A. Erdei (Secretary General), Budapest

The current EC liaison officer is:
A. Hoeveler, Brussels


About The BSI

The BSI is one of the oldest, largest, and most active immunology societies in the world and is the largest in Europe. Our members are based all over the world, with the majority working in Britain.

The BSI’s main objective is to promote and support excellence in research, scholarship and clinical practice in immunology for the benefit of human and animal health and welfare. The BSI seeks to help British immunology accomplish the highest possible goals. To meet this objective, the BSI undertakes the following:

  • Running innovative events in research, public engagement and education
  • Promoting and disseminating research and good practice in immunology, translational medicine and vaccination
  • Working with its members to develop the benefits of membership and the relevance of the Society
  • Providing bursaries and grants
  • Enhancing public awareness of immunology
  • Influencing policy and decision makers
  • Working with other societies