Summary of CSI & BSI collaboration during the 2017 BSI Congress
The 2017 BSI (British Society for Immunology) Congress was held during December 4-7 in Brighton. The Secretary General of CSI, Prof. Xuetao Cao was invited to the Congress. On December 5, after the opening ceremony, Prof. Cao gave a plenary speech with the title of “Epigenetic regulation and antiviral immunity and inflammation”, sharing his team’s discoveries with more than 1,000 delegates of the meeting. His talk aroused undiluted echoes among the audiences, which will greatly enhance the oversea influence of Chinese immunology research.

During the meeting, Prof. Cao also had a fruitful discussion with the President of BSI, Prof. Peter Openshaw, the Chief Executive, Ms. Jo Revill and Prof. Tao Dong from Oxford University. A few things about the further collaboration between CSI and BSI were proposed and settled, including 1) the date and place for 2018 CSI/BSI Symposium, 2) the CSI Travel Awards for the UK early career researchers to attend the CSI Annual Meeting, 3) BSI’s participation in academic committee for the ICI in Beijing 2019, 4) the opportunity for UK postdoc researchers to apply for immunology fellowships to work in both countries on a project of importance, 5) BSI’s working on new pages for its website where Chinese and UK laboratories can showcase their work, the name of the PIs and areas of interest.

The meeting shows a continuous effort from both societies after the same successful one held in May this year in Shanghai. And for CSI, this collaboration platform is also a significant part of its international partnership under the “One World One Health” proposal.