Dear colleagues and friends,
On behalf of the board of the German Society for Immunology (DGfI), we are delighted to invite you to participate in our 47th Annual Meeting to be held in Erlangen from 12-15 September 2017. The Huguenot town of Erlangen, a modern baroque city, where ancient charm meets innovative ideas, is in the heart of the Nürnberg Metropolitan Region. Erlangen hosts one of the oldest and most charming outdoor beer festivals and is home to the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and high-tech ventures such as Siemens Healthineers, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (known for its invention of the MP3), and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.
Erlangen with a long tradition in basic and clinical immunology has developed under former DGfI presidents, Joachim Kalden and Martin Röllinghoff, into an internationally recognized research center. More than 50 groups in 13 independent clinics and departments at the University Hospital Erlangen and the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg are part of the interdisciplinary research center „Medical Immunology Campus Erlangen “(MICE). The extramural funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) ranks number 2 in Germany and includes 5 collaborative research groups focusing on B Cells (TRR 130), resolution of inflammation” (SFB 1181), microbial effectors (SFB 796), inflammatory bowel diseases (KFO 257), and osteoimmunology (SPP 1468). Additionally, there are 3 doctoral training groups with research topics in adaptive immune responses (GRK1660), B cells (GRK-TRR130), and inflammation (GRK-SFB 1181).
The 47th Annual Meeting will take place at the Heinrich-Lades-Halle located in the center of Erlangen just a few minutes from the main railway station, hotels, and restaurants. The highlight of the 2017 meeting will be the celebration of the 50th birthday of the DGfI. To salute this special occasion, the organizing committee will compile an exciting scientific program highlighting current research topics in basic and translational immunology in plenary sessions, main symposia, and workshops. A poster exhibition “50 years DGfI-50 discoveries” and a Festschrift will commemorate the history of our society and the highlights of Immunology in Germany. We will finish with an unforgettable birthday party on the last evening of the congress.
We cordially invite everyone to submit abstracts in the spring of 2017 and to join us in Erlangen for this exciting event.
All Erlanger immunologists are looking forward to welcoming you to our city with the charm of a small baroque town. We hope to make this special meeting a memorable event!
Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Jäck