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Invited Program

Keynote Lecture

The keynote lectures are the most prestigious sessions of the congress. These are exhaustive reviews of major subjects and state of the art techniques within the field, addressed to all participants. Speakers in keynote lectures are invited and are among the most renowned in their field of expertise. Keynote lectures are scheduled at "prime time" in the program in order to achieve maximal attendance. See all keynote lectures here.


The symposia are state-of the art educational sessions in which invited speakers share new results with other researchers on a given topic. The aim is to reflect and compare data with other perhaps contradictory results and to discuss new hypotheses and concepts for further research with well-established colleagues. In every concurrent symposium three 20+5-minute lectures will be presented that provide an update and understanding of new developments and innovations in a certain area. See all symposia here.

Joint Symposia

Joint symposia are sessions in which the ECI joins forces with important international scientific societies to facilitate knowledge transfer and bring researchersfrom related disciplines and/or different continents together in order to foster exchange and networking across all borders. This is your chance to expand your knowledge beyond the traditional limits. Joint society symposia consist of 3 speakers (30 minutes per talk) on a topic nominated by the partner society. See all joint symposia here.

EFIS President's Symposium

The EFIS President`s Symposium is a newly introduced format which will draw the attention to the research area of the current EFIS president. See the EFIS President's Symposium here.

Hands-on Workshops

The main goal of the session is to create theoretical and particularly practical competences in an integrated manner and to involve practical experience of new technologies to be used for the own research. Please see more information here.

Submitted Program

Late Breaking Hot Topics

The Late Breaking Hot Topics are scheduled prior to Keynote Lectures and offer the possibility to present the most recent and exciting discoveries.

Bright Sparks Workshops

The most notable and exciting work from abstracts submitted to the conference by early career scientists will be honored with an oral presentation in one of the Bright Sparks Workshops. Presenters are expected to explain their work and answer questions from the audience. The awardees for the Biolegend Bright Sparks Awards will be chosen from those presentations.


The most notable and exciting work from all abstracts submitted to the conference will be honored with an oral presentation in these sessions. Presenters are expected to explain their work and answer questions from the audience.

Guided Poster Session

Posters are numerically the major scientific presentations of the meeting. The majority of congress attendees present a poster showing data and progress with their personal research. Posters offer an excellent opportunity for people interested in a particular topic to meet and exchange ideas and network with other researchers. Posters should NOT be used to advertise a product or service. Like a paper, a poster abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in its field.
Guided Poster Walks will be chaired by ECI faculty members and senior researchers within the respective areas and should be used for communication and interaction with the poster presenters, who are requested to be at their posters at these times. Posters will generally be on display during the whole conference for free poster viewing. The chairpersons of the guided poster walks will also evaluate all posters and will select the candidates for the ECI 2018 Poster Awards. Based on their evaluations a designated award jury will then select the awardees to receive the ECI 2018 Poster Awards.

Sponsored Program

Industry Sponsored (Lunch) Symposia

Sponsors are approved as reputable and relevant by the Scientific Program Committee, but the detailed content of the presentations is proposed directly by the sponsors and under their responsibility. The organizers are not endorsing the content in any way

Other meetings

Educational Sessions

The 5th European Congress of Immunology generally welcomes non-commercial educational courses around the ECI conference. Those are "open" meetings being of interest to the general ECI audience, scheduled throughout the ECI conference. For a list of all Educational Sessions please click here.

Satellite Meetings

Satellite meetings are organized by individuals and/or scientific associations and must conform to established criteria if they are to be associated with the ECI 2018. Approval by the congress president and the president of the scientific program committee is required for a meeting to be granted satellite status. For a list of all scientific satellites please click here.

Business & Ancillary Meetings

Business Meetings of scientific associations (e.g. general assemblies, board meetings) are generally meetings open to a designated group of people and are mostly on invitation only. Business Meetings of scientific associations in conjunction with the ECI 2018 can be held during the congress opening hours as preferred by the respectiveorganizer(s).

Please note that all participants of business meetings must also be registered participants of the ECI 2018 as there will be a centrally located access control. For a list of all Business and Ancillary Meetings please click here.