On behalf of the Organising Committee we would like to thank you for joining us in Melbourne for the International Congress of Immunology 2016. We would also like to take this opportunity to give a special thank you to the presenters and sponsors for their invaluable contribution and support.
Welcome from the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne
Click below to watch the video from the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Robert Doyle.
Please click here to see details about ICI 2016 Patrons!
Click below to see an invitation from Nobel Laureate, Prof. Peter Doherty, to attend ICI2016 and to see what Melbourne has to offer!
Welcome letter from Jose Villadangos, President of the 16th International Congress of Immunology, Melbourne
On behalf of the International Union of Immunological Societies and the Australasian Society for Immunology, I join our patrons in inviting you to Melbourne in August, 2016 for the 16th edition of the International Congress of Immunology (ICI). As the largest meeting in its field, the ICI 2016 is an event not to be missed if you want to keep abreast of the latest developments in immunology research and clinical practice.
The main theme for ICI 2016 is “Immunotherapy: Harnessing the Power of the Immune System”. This is a timely motto, as we witness the emergence of amazing new immunotherapeutic strategies revolutionising the treatment of cancer, autoimmunity, allergy and immune deficiencies and transplant outcomes. Advances in discovery and development of vaccines for infectious diseases will remain a major focus of the Congress, as will the emerging fields of microbiome-host interactions, new innate cell subsets and immunoregulatory pathways. Progress in immunology is to a large extent driven by new technology, and advances in imaging from the molecular to whole-animal levels, single-cell analysis and deep sequencing will also be showcased in the program. Without forgetting that new advances in immunology are required to save and improve human lives in developing and in developed countries, and among disadvantaged communities such as indigenous populations.
Over 100 Invited Speakers and 180 Chairs from all over the world have confirmed attendance. 50% of these are women, many are up-and-coming scientists who have broken new ground in immunology research and practice. To ensure every immunologist from any location in the world, from students to established group leaders, has an opportunity to present their newest research at the ICI 2016, the program will include >800 oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts, distributed in >60 mini-symposia. Poster sessions will provide opportunities for discussions of results and ideas. ICI 2016 registrants have the opportunity to register for a pre-Congress update course in Basic Immunology or Clinical Immunology imparted by world leaders, who will provide overviews on the latest developments in basic research and clinical treatments.
Social interactions and networking will be an integral part of ICI 2016. The program will offer many opportunities throughout the day for informal encounters in the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre or any of the restaurants, bars and cafes that abound around the venue, located within the Melbourne central district. Our Social Program includes performances by local bands, an experience of aboriginal culture, and encounters with iconic Australian fauna.
To facilitate delegate attendance, many Travel Awards have been offered by multiple organisations. Over 70 awards are directed to delegates from developing countries. Others are directed to members of national societies – the American Association of Immunologists has committed US$1M in travel awards to its members. Many national immunology societies will offer awards and we encourage you to contact the representatives of your local society to find out how to apply.
While here do not miss the opportunity to visit the amazing natural wonders of Australia and New Zealand. August is the ideal time of the year to visit The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) or Kakadu National Park. If you prefer to stay in the Melbourne area, its mild late-August climate (daytime temperatures average 18oC) is ideal to visit the Twelve Apostles or the Victorian Wineries in the region. Why not visit the stunning fjords, glaciers and ski stations of New Zealand?
We look forward to meeting you in Melbourne!