The International Day of Immunology is dedicated to increasing global awareness of the importance of immunology in the fight against infection, autoimmunity, and cancer.
Immunology has never had such a high public profile as right now in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the international immunology community’s impact in fighting diseases and improving global health is sometimes not understood.
Although public interest in health issues is high, people without a scientific background often miss the relevance of immunological research and findings. Moreover, scientists are rarely encouraged to explore the art of public relations, and consequently face difficulties conveying their knowledge to an audience outside the scientific community. The International Union of Immunology Societies (IUIS), and the European Federation of Immunological Studies (EFIS), along with several other interested agencies have come together to create a bridge between our growing understanding of the immune system and informing the public and individual patients, in order to improve health and well-being in general.
IUIS and EFIS are delighted to mark the Day of Immunology 2021 with a jointly organized webinar on 29 April: Immunology in the time of COVID-19: achievements, challenges and opportunities. Featuring both presentations and a panel discussion, it will bring together global experts to take stock of where we are and what the future may hold.