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EFIS Strategic Retreat (March 2019, Berlin): SUMMARY.

EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies)   18-05-2019    


On a rather cold and rainy winter’s afternoon in Berlin, delegates steadily streamed into the German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin (DRFZ) for the first EFIS Strategic Retreat.

Hosted by EFIS President Andreas Radbruch, the retreat was the first of its kind: a meeting open to delegates from all 35 EFIS affiliated national societies to engage in discussion about what EFIS could do to meet the needs of the European immunology community, to identify challenges facing immunology researchers in Europe and, eventually, to assess the need to establish taskforces and structures to tackle these challenges on a European level.

Held over two days, the retreat was attended by 23 out of 35 EFIS Societies, and commenced with a warm welcome from Andreas Radbruch, who outlined the topics to be addressed, namely, support of the European Congress of Immunology, expanding EFIS Study Groups and Schools, financing of EFIS, and the changing landscape of scientific publishing.

Find PDF attached.



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EFIS sponsored travel bursaries to attend the 8th Translational Immunology School (Potsdam, Germany, April 11-13, 2019).

EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies).   27-03-2019   https://dgfi.org/akademie-fuer-immunologie/translational-school/    


EFIS inform you that openings are still available for EFIS-EJI sponsored travel bursaries -especially for junior members- to attend the 8th Translational Immunology School to be held in Potsdam, Germany, this coming April 11-13, 2019. The topics covered include developments in diagnostics, new research technologies, modern immune intervention and new immune therapeutic principles.



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Award Announcements from EFIS.

EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies).   25-02-2019   https://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/    


Dear EFIS Society Representatives,

Just a short message to relay a couple of announcements that could presumably be of interest to your membership ranks:

1) The Michelson Prizes, awarded by the Human Vaccines Project, to junior investigators under 35 years of age who are significantly advancing the development of vaccines and immunotherapies for major global diseases in the focus areas of: 1) Human Immunology 2) Computational Biology and Protein Engineering, and 3) Neglected Parasitic Diseases (excluding malaria).


2) Various awards offered by the International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS).





Minutes of the EFIS Board's Meeting of 01/09/2018 (Amstelveen, The Netherlands).

EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies).   04-01-2019    


Please, find attached (PDF) the minutes of the EFIS Board's Meeting of 01/09/2018 (Amstelveen, The Netherlands).




Vito Pistoia, Editor-in-Chief of Immunology Letters, passed away (11-09-2018).

EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies).   14-09-2018   https://www.journals.elsevier.com/immunology-letters    


Dear EFIS Society Representatives,

The morning of 11.09.2018, Vito Pistoia - Editor-in-Chief of Immunology Letters - passed away at home under the care of his loved ones.

EFIS and the European immunology community mourn his loss.




"European Journal of Immunology" and "Immunology Letters": The journals commissioned to report from the Amsterdam meeting.

EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies).   01-09-2018    


Dear colleague,

First of all we want to thank you for your support of ECI2018.

It has come to our attention that Frontiers in Immunology is commissioning for article collections directly linked to ECI workshop sessions. Although of course we cannot stop Frontiers approaching individual session chairs, we would very much like to stress that EFIS is financially strongly supported by our two journals (European Journal of Immunology and Immunology Letters).

Like for previous meetings our journals will be commissioned to report from the Amsterdam meeting.

Kind regards,

René van Lier (EFIS President)



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ECI 2018: The deadline for the LATE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION is JULY 8, 2018.

Junta de la SEI   20-06-2018   https://www.eci2018.org/home/    


The 5th European Congress of Immunology (ECI) will take place in Amsterdam (September 2-5, 2018). Late abstract submission is open and everyone who missed the regular deadline or has late breaking research is welcome to submit. The deadline for the late abstract submission is july 8, 2018. The deadline for the early registration fees is approaching and will be on June 29, 2018.




The 6th European Congress of Immunology will be held in Belgrade in 2021.

EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies).   21-05-2018   https://www.efis.org    


We inform to all EFIS Member Societies that the Turkish Society for Immunology (TSI) did indeed reach an agreement with the Immunological Society of Serbia (ISoS), and that, EEIG ECI-EFIS stakeholders have now unanimously approved and support the joint TSI-ISoS proposal to co-organize the 6th European Congress of Immunology in Belgrade in 2021.

Please, find attached a letter from EFIS president.




Support European immunology by publishing in the European Journal of Immunology (EJI)

Francesco Annunziato (editor EJI)   15-02-2018   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1521-4141    


Message from Francesco Annunziato (Chairman of the Executive Committee - European Journal of Immunology):

As the Chair of the European Journal of Immunology (EJI), an official journal of the European Federation of the Immunology Societies, my major aim is to make EJI the first journal of choice for the submission of manuscripts for all EFIS members and for immunologists in general. In order to realize this, it is important that EJI continues to publish manuscripts of high scientific impact, thereby increasing the impact factor of the Journal and benefitting all who publish there. It is for this reason that I would be grateful if you could send the following communication to the members of your Society; it is important that the community is aware of what EJI is able to offer not only in terms of publications but also in its support for young researchers.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Francesco Annunziato



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EFIS Short Term Fellowship: Permanently open applications

EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies).   15-10-2017   https://www.efis.org/efis-support/efis-il-fellowships/index.html    


Applicants must be a member of an EFIS-affiliated society and must be 35 years of age or younger and must hold at least a Master's degree. The proposed stay must be conducted in a European institution. The EFIS Board evaluates applications at its periodic board meetings, held every 3-4 months. The next deadline to submit the application: January 26th, 2018.