Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed. If you have a query regarding abstract submission, please email meetings@immunology.org.

Abstract submission is open to BSI members who would like to submit their work for online short oral presentations and virtual poster presentations. You can become a member of the BSI online - membership provides many benefits to help you progress your career. Please read the information below carefully before submitting your abstract.


Abstracts must be submitted to one of the following themed sessions:

  • Bright Sparks 2020 - Phd
  • Bright Sparks 2020 - Postdoc
  • Advances in immunotherapy 
  • Advancing our understanding of infectious disease immunology using challenge models
  • Pandemic vaccines
  • Translating tumour immunology

Bright Sparks sessions
 are open to BSI members who are PhD students or early career postdocs (up to five years post PhD). Abstracts can be submitted on any topic that has immunological relevance for both oral and poster presentation. Abstract submissions not shortlisted for oral presentation in the Bright Sparks sessions will be automatically reviewed for poster presentation at the ‘Connecting immunology in the time of COVID-19’ conference.

Abstract submission guidelines

  • Abstract submission is open to BSI members, please ensure that the presenting author is a BSI member with an up to date subscription at the time of submission.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed by the BSI Congress Committee and successful applicants will be chosen based on originality and scientific quality of the work.
  • Abstracts will either be accepted for online short oral presentation, virtual poster presentation or rejected.
    • Oral presentations will be allocated a short online presentation, with time allocated for formal presentation and questions.
    • Poster presentations will be in powerpoint slide pdf format (maximum 5 slides) for visual display in a virtual poster area. Virtual posters can be viewed by participants for informal networking and discussion during the poster sessions. Posters will be allocated to one of two poster sessions.
  • 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 conclusions) 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 have approved of the submission and have agreed to abstract content prior to 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: Authors are required to choose to submit to Bright Sparks or one of four parallel sessions for oral or poster presentation preference.
    • Poster prize entry: All accepted poster abstracts are eligible for the poster prize shortlist. If you do not want your abstract to be considered for a poster prize, please opt out during abstract submission.

The reviewing process will commence once the abstract submission deadline has passed. All submitting authors will be sent notification of their abstract status.

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

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
23 October 2020

Early Registration Deadline

15 November 2020

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