Today, we celebrate International Day of Immunology (DoI) – an annual day-long event dedicated to increasing global awareness of the importance of immunology in the fight against infectious diseases, autoimmunity and cancer.
DoI has been held annually since 2005 when it was created by the former President of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS), Stefan Kaufman (1). Today, DoI is jointly supported by the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS). Together, these organisations award prizes to national societies and/or regional federations for the best international and European public awareness campaigns for DoI.
All international societies are openly invited to join in the effort to increase awareness on the day, and you can read about prizes and past campaigns here.
Science, State and Challenges of COVID-19 vaccines
Each year, a DoI theme is chosen to highlight different topics within immunology, and this year’s theme is vaccines, with a special 3-hour long webinar event hosted by the EFIS and IUIS entitled: Science, State and Challenges of COVID-19 vaccines.
The webinar, which is organised by Faith Osier (University of Oxford), Federica Sallusto (ETH Zurich), Miriam Merad (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York) and Marieke van Ham (Sanquin Research, Netherlands), features presentations and a panel discussion, and brings together global experts within immunology to give an update on the current COVID-19 status and what the future may have in store.
Last year’s DoI theme was also related to COVID-19, and the day featured a webinar and panel discussion with experts from the COVID-19 research and vaccine development fields, as well as immunologists, microbiologists and epidemiologists from different parts of the world, who discussed their local experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On-demand webinar from DoI 2021 – Immunology in the time of COVID-19. Source: IUIS Immunology Without Borders YouTube channel.
You can also follow and share details of events and news about DoI by using #DayofImmunology and #ThankYouImmunology on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn, etc.
Mairi McGrath, EFIS, IUIS, yEFIS and Immunopaedia Organising Teams. The Day of Immunology 2021 (2021). European Journal of Immunology. 51(7):1561-1563.