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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.

ECI 2018 will also continue the tradition that is central to one of EFIS’ missions, namely, to foster the participation and recognition of Europe’s next generation of immunologists at major immunology-themed meetings. And at ECI 2018 early-career scientists will certainly have the chance to take center stage on numerous occasions. To stimulate the participation of as many junior investigators as possible, EFIS will be offering what promises to be an unprecedented number of generous travel grants. Our young colleagues should also recall that the ACTERIA Doctoral and Early Career Research Prizes awarded by EFIS will be presented for the third time at ECI 2018, and that EFIS will again acknowledge the work of a prominent European female research group leader with the fourth EFIS-EJI Ita Askonas Prize.

Inspired by one of Amsterdam’s most characteristic features, our colleagues of the Dutch Society for Immunology have aptly given ECI 2018 the theme of “Building Bridges”. And, indeed, it is their and our pledge to provide a setting that allows building as many bridges as possible between basic, translational and clinical science, among younger researchers and established immunologists, and, above all, throughout the European immunology community.

ECI 2018 is beginning to take shape and is committed to respecting its predecessors as “the” showcase for the talents of the European immunology. I warmly encourage you to mark your calendars and to join us in Amsterdam to help make ECI 2018 a resounding and rewarding success.

René van Lier, President, EFIS