Dear Friends, dear Colleagues,
We are delighted to invite you to the 2021 Annual Congress of the Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology (SGAI-SSAI) that will take place on 19th and 20th of August 2021 at the Irchel Campus of the University of Zurich.
While writing this welcome address, we cannot yet imagine returning to the scientific exchange in person at international meetings that is so important for the advancement of science. But with promising developments on the horizon and vaccination during the first half of 2021 we hope that the Annual Congress of SGAI-SSAI will become one of the first venues to return to international scientific exchange, networking with your colleagues and a celebration of immunology and allergology.
Therefore, the theme of our Congress is «Immunology after COVID-19», pushing open the door to exciting new developments in allergology and reflecting on lessons in immunology of infectious diseases that we have learned from the current pandemic. This will include both basic immunology and allergology, diagnostics and new treatment options. We have assembled three exiting plenary lectures and 12 workshops in which both established and young investigators will present their cutting-edge research. We have attracted prominent national and international speakers and the meeting will bring together established basic scientists and clinicians along with young researchers and residents, postdocs and students, who will have many opportunities to present their work at workshops and poster sessions in an attractive setting that will maximize interactions among the participants.
We strongly encourage companies, organizations and institutions to sponsor and exhibit at the Congress and to take advantage of the opportunity to interact face-to-face with professionals from all over Switzerland to build visibility, to introduce new products and services, and give product demonstrations. We count on their presence and support to make this meeting a great event.
We will keep you informed about registration and abstract deadlines, fellowships for students, assistants and postdocs, and will update the preliminary program continuously.
Together with the members of the Local Organizing Committee, we are looking forward to welcoming you to Zurich and to an exciting Congress.
Presidents of the Organizing Committee
Christian Münz and Burkhard Becher
Institute of Experimental Immunology
University of Zürich