Dear colleagues and friends,
On behalf of the board members of the Italian Society for Immunology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology (SIICA) and the German Society for Immunology (DGfI), we are pleased to invite you to our joint annual meeting in Munich running from 10–13 September 2019. After a highly successful joint meeting of both societies in Riccione, Italy, in 2011 we are looking forward to seeing you in Munich, the heart of Bavaria, for our next joint meeting.
Munich is not only a popular tourist destination, but is also the home of two highly renowned German universities, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München and the Technische Universität München (TUM). In addition, the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Zentrum München and numerous biotech companies and start-ups make Munich a lively environment for basic and translational research in immunology. Scientists in Munich actively participate in a series of immunologically focused Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) currently funded by the German Research Council (DFG). These include: CRC1054 “Plasticity of immune cell-fate decisions”, CRC914 “Trafficking of immune cells”, CRC1123 “Atherosclerosis”, CRC824 “Cancer therapies”, TR36 “T cell therapy”, TRR127 “Xenotranplantation”, TR128 “Multiple Sclerosis” and TRR179 ”Hepatitis-Virus-Infection”.
The Munich biotech cluster made up of approximately 250 companies, with two innovation and founding centers for biotechnology, demonstrate the important focus our city and region places on personalized medicine and immunotherapy.
The joint SIICA- and DGfI-meeting in 2019 will take place in the Geschwister-Scholl-Platz historic Hauptgebäude, or main building of the LMU, found in the center of Munich. This location is surrounded by historic buildings, beer gardens, the famous Englischer garten city park, as well as a vibrant city and university life, all well-connected by easily accessible public transportation.
The organizing committee will strive to bring together an interesting program covering current topics of basic and translational immunological research in plenary sessions, main symposia and workshops. We invite everyone to submit abstracts early in 2019 and to join us in Munich for this exciting meeting.
We are looking forward to welcome you all in this beautiful city.
Angela Santoni & Thomas Brocker