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Scientific Program

Sjaak Neefjes
ECI 2018 Chair of the
Scientific Program Committee

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.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.

With the 5th ECI we attempt to build an European village of immunology in Amsterdam. Here basic and clinical researchers can dive into immunology, discuss science and form new collaborations without feeling submerged by the size of the meeting. Our program offers 150+ talks by invited speakers, with exemplary keynote lectures and state-of-the field presentations by top of the bill immunologists. The group of invited speakers contains not only established world-leading scientists in basic and translational immunology, but also front-runners in clinical immunomodulatory therapies and up-and-coming scientists, who are changing current immunological concepts through novel scientific approaches. To give ample exposure to exciting new data from the whole immunological society, more than 400 oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. We aim to have poster sessions and guided poster walks that will allow strong exposure of all research and stimulate discussions and networking. A number of posters will be selected for specific airing and data discussion via electronic poster boards. Special attention will be devoted to the education of our young scientists and students. To this end a bright sparks session for young scientists will be organized. In addition, the 5th ECI will feature a number of satellite meetings dealing with related topics.

A more detailed overview of the program will follow in due time!

Sincerely, Sjaak Neefjes, Chair of the Scientific Program Committee