18th International Congress of Immunology

27 november - 2 December 2023 | Cape Town, South Africa



Session Formats and Topics

Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lectures constitute one of the main attractions of the scientific programme. Each day consists of two keynote lectures from two leaders in their fields, each delivering a 30-minute lecture on their topic of expertise. Keynotes have no other sessions running in parallel and bring all attendees together.

COVID-19 Vaccine Development
ER Stress and Immunity
Fighting Infection Diseases at the Global Level
HIV / TB co Infections
Inborn Errors of Immunity
Innate Sensing
Lesson from the HIV and COVID Pandemic
mRNA Vaccines
Single Cell Profiling
T Cell Checkpoint and Cancer
TB Pathogenesis
The CRISPR Revolution: Implication in Immunology Discoveries

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions are 90 minutes sessions consisting of three speakers with a moderated discussion afterward. Featuring leading lecturers, these are some of the highlight sessions in the IUIS programme that draw together diverse global experts to discuss burning topics in the field of immunology. Given the high-profile speakers, a maximum of two Plenary Sessions run parallel with each other.

Ageing and neurodegenerative disease
Autoimmunity and Allergy
Cancer immunity and Immunotherapy
COVID-19 pathophysiology treatment and prevention
Fibrosis and Type 2 Immunity in health and disease
Immunology at the tissue barrier
Malaria and TB
Systems Immunology
Therapeutic Antibodies
Vaccines & Immune Memory

Symposia Sessions

Symposia Sessions form a large and crucial part of the IUIS programme. Each session is composed of 3 Presentations of ½ hour each that delve deep into the various categories that make up the IUIS field of interest. The sessions intentionally group international faculty from all corners of the globe to deliver their contrasting perspectives and experiences on wide-ranging themes.

OrganoidsAllergyAntigen Processing and PresentationEmerging TechnologyReprogramming the Immune System using Nanoparticle Delivery
MacrophagesCancer IInnate Receptor SignalingGene-editing in ImmunityVaccines for Infection and Cancer
Dendritic CellsCancer IICo-inhibitory MoleculesImaging Inflammatory LesionsCAR engineered Immune Cells
Granulocytes Regulation and FunctionImmunity to VirusesComplement ReceptorsDiagnostic Tools in ImmunologyCheckpoint Blockade
T Cell DevelopmentImmunity to Fungi and ParasitesGlycoimmunologySystem Immunology and AIAntibody Therapy
Regulatory Immune Cells and Immune RegulationImmunity to BacteriaPhagocytic Receptors Cytokine Antagonists in Therapy
NK Cells and Invariant CellsImmune Suppression and ExhaustionInflammasome and other Sensors  
Innate Lymphoid CellsInborn Errors of Immunity   
Immune Cell Trafficking and HomingAutoimmune Diseases   
immune Suppression and ExhaustionNeuroimmunology   
Tissue Resident Memory T CellsImmunometabolism   
B Cell Development and ActivationMicrobiome and Immune System   
Cell Death Immunity and InflammationMucosal Immunology   
Immunological MemoryReproductive Immunology   
 Ageing and Immunity   
 Tumor Antigen and Escape Mechanism   
 Veterinary and Comparative Immunology   

Debate Sessions

In these one-hour sessions, four speakers will debate a hot controversial topic. The audience will have the opportunity to vote at the beginning and end of each session.

Early Career Sessions

Early Career Sessions is a one-hour session featuring up-and-coming scientists who are showing great promise. Welcome to the future!

Oral Abstracts Sessions

Oral Abstracts Sessions feature the higher-ranked abstracts submitted to the Congress with a brief presentation followed by a short discussion with the audience.