Immunology workshops, conferences and courses in Africa for healthcare professionals, researchers and students.

November 2018

8th ida symposium 20188th IDA Symposium

  • 12-17th November 2018
  • River Club, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Application deadline: 17th August 2018

The 8th Infectious Diseases in Africa (IDA) Symposium aims to provide a forum opportunity for young investigators to meet and discuss their finding with renowned scientists and learn about the most recent findings in infectious diseases in Africa.

The IDA Symposium will cover how innate and adaptive immune responses are engaged by vaccine candidates to provide protective immune responses at either or both mucosal and systemic levels.

International experts in the field of mucosal, cellular, humoral and innate immune responses will present their latest findings. Panel discussions will facilitate discourse amongst course participants during their oral and poster presentations.

There is no registration fee for African students and travel and accommodation will be covered.


November 2018

VACFA14th Annual African Vaccinology Course

  • 12-18th November 2018
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Application Deadline: 27th July 2018

The 2018 Annual African Vaccinology Course (AAVC) is a 5-day residential training hosted by VACFA, University of Cape Town. The course programme is designed to cover topical vaccinology issues that are relevant to Africa.

Successful candidates will be fully funded to attend the course.

The aims of the 14th AAVC in 2018 are:

  1. Provide participants with essential expertise to support national immunization programmes
  2. Broaden the understanding of the challenges and opportunities in vaccinology at regional and global levels
  3. Build sustainable research capacity for vaccine development and conducting high quality phase 1-lV vaccine trials in Africa
  4. Foster communication and networking among African vaccinologists
  5. Discuss the roles, challenges and opportunities for capacity building for the members of National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs)  in Africa
  6. Discuss the feasibility of e-learning in vaccinology in Africa


January 2019

Pre-term birth dialoguesPre-Term Birth Dialogues

  • 27-29th January 2019
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Application Deadline: 7 October 2018

Addressing the challenges of meeting the SDG Goals for Maternal and Child Health by mitigating Preterm Birth in LMICs.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from disciplines such as obstetrics, immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics/engineering and behavioural sciences, as well as other stakeholders and policy and planners, to reflect on the research challenges and opportunities for improving birth outcomes related to Preterm Birth. With high quality abstracts and presentations from early career researchers it is envisaged that discussion will also revolve around developing research capacity around Preterm Birth in LMICs by training bright early career researchers.

Applications Closed

Find out more – Pre-Term Birth Dialogues

February 2019

Beyond Sciences Initiative4th Annual International Remote Conference

  • 9-10th February 2019
  • Remote – online
  • Application Deadline: 30 November 2018

Science & Society is an online conference that provides scholars worldwide an opportunity to present their
research and network with a broad scientific audience. Presenters and attendees simply connect to the live
broadcast conference using links that will be distributed to all registered participants prior to the conference

Interested undergraduate and graduate students, as well as health professional trainees, are invited to submit
Abstracts related to the topics indicated for either oral or poster presentation. Topics span from basic/fundamental
research to translational work and population health.

BSI Hot Doc submissions … a 5 -15 minute video that either:
(i) illustrates the social and cultural contexts of your research or
(ii) describes how your work embraces equity, social justice and community engagement

BSI International Remote Conference: Science and Society Video

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March 2019

IUIS DGfI15th Spring School on Immunology

  • 10 – 15th March 2019
  • Ettal, Bavaria, Germany
  • Application Deadline: 31st October 2018

Every year in spring the German Society for Immunology (DGfI) hosts the ‘Spring School on Immunology’ in Ettal, Bavaria. In the intimate setting of an old cloister, 60 doctoral students and 25 lecturers, experts in their field, come together to discuss the latest developments in Immunology.

This School is part of the DGfI´s Academy for Immunology and offers advanced training for students who already have good knowledge of Immunology. The School thus primarily addresses doctoral students in the later stages of their PhD training as well as recent Postdocs.

The School is based on plenary lectures reviewing the themes of the School while also offering ample time for discussions. Because of the active participation in the sessions and the intense exchange, the students will have excellent opportunities for networking early on in their career

We are pleased to announce that – through joint sponsorship by IUIS and the German Society for Immunology – 3 full scholarships will be offered for this School for applicants from developing countries.

The stipend covers:

  • Travel costs of up to 1.100 EUR (covered by the IUIS)
  • Registration and accommodation for the duration of the school (covered by the DGfI)
  • Any other expenses will be the responsibility of the student.

To qualify: the students must show signs of future leadership. Our mission is to identify tomorrow´s teachers of Immunology and leaders in their field in their home country.

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April 2019


Immunoinformatics - Mexico 2019

  • 8-10th April 2019
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Application Deadline: 15 December 2018

The course will provide the fundamental knowledge of System Immunology and immunoinformatics and discuss recent advances or emerging research on computational applications to complex immunobiological and immunobiomedical systems.

The course aims to:

  • Provide the fundamental knowledge on Systems Immunology and Immunoinformatics.
  • Discuss the recent advances and emerging research on Immunoinformatics applications to complex biological and biomedical systems.
  • Acquire practical experience in mathematical and informatics tools that best answer particular research questions.

The course has no registration fee. However, availability is limited to 35 participants who must undergo a selection process based on submitted application. The target participants include clinical and basic research fellows, postgraduate students (Master and PhD), postdoctoral and junior researchers who are involved in biological systems that may be investigated from the complexity perspective.

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We create and host online courses in partnership with the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and other bodies. These courses educate and support participants and students before and after Immunology conferences and courses world-wide.

We provide frameworks of knowledge so that participants can fully engage and get the very best out of real-world courses. We also provide lectures, relevant resources and assessment to educate users on all fronts.


KCB Leadership Center, Nairobi, Kenya, 23-28 September 2018


Immuno-Kenya Immunopaedia Session

Immuno-Kenya Immunopaedia Session


Hotel Royal Mirage, FES, Morocco, 3-7 April 2018


Immuno-Morocco – Participants


Immuno Morocco

Immuno-Morocco – Immunopaedia Session


São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 11th – 15th December 2017

Immuno Brazil Participanrs

Immuno-Brazil – Participants



Cape Town, South Africa, 13-17 November 2017

VACFA Vaccinology Course

VACFA Vaccinology Course Participants


Krystal Beach, Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town, 1-9 September 2017

Immuno-South Africa 2017 Participants



MRC Unit Banjul, Gambia, 19-26 November 2016

Immuno-Gambia course - Participants

Immuno-Gambia – Participants



San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 5-8 October 2016








Kilifi, Kenya, 19–24 September 2016 ‌

KENBOP3 - Participants

KENBOP3 – Participants


KENBOP3 - Faculty

KENBOP3 – Faculty



Hammamet, Tunisia, 4-8 April 2016

 Immuno Tunisia participants

Immuno Tunisia – Participants



Cape Town, South Africa, 20-24 October 2015

Immunology Primer and IDA Symposium - Participants

Immunology Primer and IDA Symposium – Participants



Medellin, Columbia, 10-13 October 2015

Immune Regulation in Health and Disease - Participants

Immune Regulation in Health and Disease – Participants

International Union of Immunological SocietiesUniversity of South AfricaInstitute of Infectious Disease and Molecular MedicineScience Education PrizesElizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation