Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract submissions to BSI Congress 2019 are invited for oral and poster presentations. Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words without images, graphics or tables should be submitted online by Monday 9 September 2019.  Please read the information below carefully before submitting your abstract.

Abstracts can be submitted to the following session topics. During abstract submission you will be asked to choose a primary session topic and up to three alternative session topics.


  • Autoimmunity: Natural and man-made
  • B cell activation and differentiation
  • Common themes in cancer and inflammatory disease
  • Defining antibody diversity in protective immune responses
  • Emerging functions of non-classical lymphocytes
  • From laboratory to clinic: engaging with industry to translate immunology research
  • Imaging leukocyte dynamics
  • Immune cell metabolic pathways as targets in disease
  • Immune recognition of microbiota species
  • Immune surveillance and lymphoid tissue architecture
  • Immunotherapy and neurological disease
  • Immunotherapy in autoimmunity: Finding the perfect reset button
  • Inflammation of mucosal barriers
  • Inhibitory immune receptors and new immunotherapies
  • Leukocyte trafficking during infection, inflammation and cancer
  • Metabolism, migration and autoimmunity
  • Monocyte and macrophage regulation of immune homoeostasis and inflammation
  • Network interactions: bringing together immunology and neuroscience
  • New developments in neuroimmunology
  • Pattern recognition in inflammation: From mechanisms to therapy
  • Stromal-immune cell cross-talk
  • T cells in human health and disease
  • The role of mutated and non-mutated proteins in cancer immunity
  • Understanding immune responses to improve vaccine design

Abstract submission guidelines

  • All abstracts will be reviewed by the programme committee and successful applicants will be chosen based on originality and scientific quality of the work.
  • The presenting author must register for Congress.
  • Abstracts will either be accepted for oral presentation, poster presentation or rejected.
    • Oral presentations will be allocated a 15-minute slot in a parallel session, 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions.
    • Poster presentations will be displayed for the duration of the Congress and will be allocated to one of two dedicated poster viewing sessions taking place on either Tuesday 3 or Wednesday 4 December.
  • The BSI Congress Committee reserves the right to accept or refuse an abstract, to designate abstracts as either an oral or poster presentations and to choose a suitable session for the abstract.
  • Abstracts must be typed in English.
    • Title: The title of the abstract should be a maximum of 150 characters.
    • Abstract text:
      • Abstracts must be structured (background, methods, results) and no more than 300 words excluding the title and authors’ names. Abstracts exceeding this limit will be truncated.
      • Use standard abbreviations and place a special or unusual abbreviation in parenthesis after the full word appears.
      • Write numbers as numerals rather than words.
    • Authors: The submitting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission. Abstract submissions must include the names of the presenting author, all co-authors and organisations. These details are not included in the 300-word count.
    • Topics sessions: Authors are required to choose one topic session that corresponds best with the abstract they are submitting and up to three alternative session topics.
    • Keywords: Keywords can be provided to ensure that accepted abstracts can be allocated to a suitable session.
    • Bright Sparks prize session: If the presenting author is a PhD student or an early career postdoc (up to three years after PhD degree), the abstract is eligible to be entered into our ‘Bright Sparks’ competition. Please indicate in the submission form if you would like your abstract to be considered for this session.
    • Poster prize entry: All accepted poster presentations are eligible for the poster prizes. Please indicate in the submission form if you do not want your abstract to be considered for the judging shortlist.  

The reviewing process will commence once the abstract submission deadline has passed. This will take several weeks after which you will be notified of your abstract status.  After selection, all presenting authors will be sent full details regarding the scheduling of their presentation, including the time and date as well as the format of the presentation.  

For all abstract and scientific programme queries, please email congress@immunology.org

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Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
9 September 2019

Bursary Application Deadline
11 October 2019

Early Registration Deadline

25 October 2019

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