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Member Society Spotlight: French Society for Immunology


The French Society for Immunology (SFI) mission is to advance and promote the sciences relevant to the immune system and to immunological diseases. Founded in July 1966 by Pierre Grabar, it is a not-for-profit association of clinical and research professionals including immunologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, transplant physicians, pathologists and technologists. In 1969, it was one of the 10 National Societies of Immunology that founded the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and co-founded in 1975 the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS). Alain Bussard, SFI president at that time, became the 1st president of EFIS.

Membership: SFI membership consists of approximately 1,050 members representing academia, government, and industry, including MD, MD/PhD, or PhD students. SFI welcomes junior members as well as confirmed members. Membership requires commitment in immunology, 2 letters of recommendation by SFI members and acceptance by the SFI Board and the General Assembly.

Meetings: SFI holds an Annual Meeting every year. Every three years, this meeting is common with those of all the other European National Immunological Societies, as part of the European Congress of Immunology. Common sessions are regularly organized with other National Societies of Immunology (for instance, Japan in 2013, Belgium in 2014) and with other scientific Societies.

In 2016, the Annual Meeting will be a great occasion to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the SFI. In addition, Clubs of the SFI hold thematic meetings on Vaccinology, Neuroimmunology, Neutrophils, and Cytokines and chemokines.

Prizes and fellowships: the SFI delivers the Jacques Oudin Prize, a Thesis Prize and oral and poster communication awards. It delivers fellowships to help young researchers in Immunology to apply for oral communications in international meetings, some of which are particularly dedicated to encourage women.

Education: SFI provides many opportunities for continuing education. The SFI Annual Meeting provides attendees with the opportunity to meet and exchange information. Plenary and thematic sessions offer the latest research findings and abstract presentations provide an opportunity for all participants to interact with colleagues in their own areas of expertise.

The Course of the SFI is designed to annually promote a hot field of immunology with intensive interactions between participating students and tutors. Introductory lectures are followed by interactive discussions at both the technical, fondamental and clinical level. This program in french language is dedicated to french-speaking attendees.

The next SFI course «My microbe and myself. Microbiote, immunity and health: from bench to bedside» will take place in April 7 – 9 in Obernai, France.

Clinical Immunology: In 2013, SFI co-founded the CNPAI, a National Organism that organizes medical training and specialization in Immunology and Allergology, and the ODPCI, a National Organism that delivers Continuous Medical Education credits to physicians, pharmacists and paramedical professionals.

Partners: The SFI is housed by the Institut Pasteur, works in close association with the ASSIM (National Association of French Professors in Immunology) and is the National Immunology Committee at the French Academy of Science (COFUSI)

Next Meetings and Course:

  • 1st Meeting of the Neutrophil Club
    April 10, 2015 FIAP, Paris, France
  • European Congress of Immunology
    September 6-9, 2015 Vienna, Austria

For more information on SFI's opportunities and program meetings, please visit the SFI website.