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Welcome from ECI 2018 Congress President

Marieke van Ham
ECI 2018 Congress President

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you on behalf of the Dutch Society of Immunology (NVVI) to the 5th European Congress of Immunology (ECI) in Amsterdam from September 2-5, 2018.

The 5th ECI will cover all fields of modern immunology, ranging from innate memory and tissue specific regulation of T and B cell differentiation to unsupervised analyses of big data for diagnostics and combinational immunomodulatory biologicals.

The special focus of the 5th ECI will be ‘Building Bridges’. The Dutch take pride in being expert bridge builders, physically to live among opulent environmental water, but also figuratively to connect people and facilitate mutual goals. We aim to show you that this pride is not delusional.

In the meeting we will specifically dedicate sessions to identify new discoveries in fundamental immunology that hold diagnostic and therapeutic promise and to tackle challenges that arise from connecting fundamental and translational science.

We will bring in scientists from interdisciplinary fields, like data management, systems biology and multidimensional systems imaging to form beachheads for novel directions of immunological research and optimised evaluations of clinical trials.

Our program will not only enable networking and communication throughout the European immunology community, but also contain a strong outreach section to bridge immunology and the general public. We strive to show that lifestyle, the immune system and health go hand in hand and that insight in immunology directly connects to societal well-being and resilience.

Welcome from the EFIS President

René van Lier
EFIS President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As President of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS), it is my pleasure to extend this invitation to you to join us in Amsterdam in September 2018 at the Fifth European Congress of Immunology (ECI 2018).

Held every three years and regularly attracting over 3000 delegates, the ECI is now regarded as a premier venue on the international immunology calendar. The most recent ECI 2015 in Vienna was telling example of the success that the congress now enjoys. And ECI 2018 in Amsterdam promises to continue this tradition by staging a truly memorable scientific event for all attending. EFIS, together with our local host, the Dutch Society for Immunology, will work to ensure a stimulating three and one-half days during which participants – young and not so young, alike – will have the opportunity to interactively explore the most recent advances in the fields of innate immunity, adaptive immunity, diseases of the immune system and immune interventions. And whether you have a broad-ranging interest in the multiple facets of modern immunological research, or your focus lies in a particular niche, you will surely come away from ECI 2018 satisfied by the fine balance between basic and applied/translational research contributions that the organizers intend to assemble.

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